The third Alpha release for OpenSuSE is out today.

Changes:

* We switched to kernel 2.6.18rc4 - and neither all kernel module
packages (kmp) nor the Xen packages have been adopted for the new
kernel.

* openSUSE 10.2 contains KDE 3.5.4

* We started the switch to GNOME 2.16 Beta and have now the base
packages in, more to come later for Alpha4.

* The new branding "openSUSE" is shown in the first places but there's
still some existing SUSE Linux 10.1 branding.

* X11 R7.1 with different pathes (no more /usr/X11R6 for the xorg
packages): Users with a working X11 configuration will not see many
real changes. First, the pathes have changed, so most applications
that lived in /usr/X11R6/bin now exist in /usr/bin. So, hard coded
paths need to be changed. The X11 Release 7 is fully
modularized. This is reflected in our packaging as it enables us to
provide updates for individual components like drivers and libraries
once they become available independently of the release cycle of the
X Window System.

As with every major update, a lot of bugs have been fixed in all
areas.

The changed pathes broke building of packages, so developers might
need to change their software.

* cups 1.2.2: This is a major update (from version 1.1.x), the
highlights are IPv6 support, network printer discovery (CUPS can now
find printers on the LAN using SNMP) and LDAP support. A cool
feature are unique job ids: CUPS maintains a new job-uuid attribute
which provides a unique identifier that can be used to track a job
on your network or anywhere in the world

* Updated development tools like gettext 0.15 and autoconf 2.60.

* We now have a gcc package and a gcc41 package in such a way that in
the future a gcc42 package might be available as well, giving you
the chance to use different gcc versions at the same time.

* Using patterns instead of selections in the package manager (think
of patterns as package groups with some semantics). We have
currently only a basic set of patterns and will enhance them.
http://lists.opensuse.org/archive/op.../msg00006.html

Anyone try out any of the SuSE 10.2 development releases?