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openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 7

The openSUSE community released the 11.2 M7 on September 10 - yes I know it was about 15 days ago... so there is nothing new in this post :D. I've just wanted to publish some screenshots from my VirtualBox about the upcoming release of openSUSE.
For the complete list of changes see

The bootloader is still using the old 11.1 artwork - it's a bug feature:
From openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 7

From openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 7

The new KDE4.3 artwork - KDM login screen (Air theme):
From openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 7

Improved widgets and usability, the desktop themes are using more gradient/blur it's looking very cool now:
From openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 7

The redesigned YaST interface:
From openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 7

You can download the Milestone 7 from: Remember, this version is only for testing, for the latest stable version visit:
... and of course, Have a lot of fun! :)

openSUSE HCL - ideas

In the past few days we have a little conversation about openSUSE HCL and about some new ideas to improve it:

  • search-based HCL - like instead of showing wiki-pages there is a search form with advanced filtering options - what definitely reduces the search time. It would be also practical if you're searching for a specific hardware or you just want to browse the list of hardwares by the selected manufacturer to see, which devices are supported.

  • input forms for new entries Do you know the wiki-syntax? The most basic formatting options are easy to learn, but it's still required to know if you want to add a new hardware or configuration to the HCL. My opinion is, that for a newbie user it's a critical point to finish your contribution. Modifying the data using forms would be simpler then browsing through a long wiki-page to modify a word or two.

  • These are my reasons for building a new HCL. What do you think about it?