Novell openSUSE 11.4 nears completion. First Linux distro with LibreOffice

From the ‘Release Timing‘ files:

The first complete major Linux distribution to integrate LibreOffice instead of is….

openSUSE 11.4

The Novell led openSUSE Linux distribution is out this week with RC2 of openSUSE 11.4 and in my view it will be among the first big Linux distros that has moved to LibreOffice in a generally available release.

Certainly other distros have LibreOffice in their repositories now, but just circumstances of release timing make openSUSE 11.4 the first. Ubuntu’s Natty and Fedora 15 will both likely include LibreOffice as well, but both of those release are still months away from general availability. LibreOffice itself just hit general availability at the end of January.

All kinds of other interesting items in openSUSE 11.4 as it includes new packages across the board, though it is improvements to the package installation and management process that is of particular note for the RC2 release.

“Improvements in the ‘backend’ work includes some tweaks to Wifi
supplicant and drivers, and a host of small fixes across the
distribution which enhance stability and performance,”  Andreas Jaeger, Program Manager at openSUSE wrote in a mailing list note. “The addition of
MediaCurl backend with zsync support to libzypp iut is already being
noticed. openSUSE user and forum member Pier Andreit comments that “YaST
install/remove software is a thunderbolt!”

The final release of openSUSE 11.4 is currently targeted for Thursday March 10th.

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