openSUSE 12.2 delayed again, project looks to reorganize

openSUSE 12.2 delayed again, project looks to reorganize

Summary: openSUSE, the open source development project of the SUSE Linux distribution, will delay the release of version 12.2 again and top developers want to reorganize the effort to accommodate what they say is a growing community of developers since SUSE was bought from Novell by Attachmate and established as an independent unit.

TOPICS: Open Source

OpenSUSE's version 12.2 will once again be delayed and top developers are planning a reorg of the open source development project -- but it may not be a bad thing.

In a critique of the current state of affairs, openSUSE release manager Stephen "Coolo" Kulow issued an email today noting that RC1 will be delayed and he called for a community-wide discussion on how to move forward with what appears to be a growing community.

“Many people have noticed that the milestones and the beta for this openSUSE release have been delayed or even canceled like Milestone 4. Now the RC is planned to go out Thursday – but that unlikely “to happen as Factory, our development project, is still far too unstable,” Kulow wrote. “One thing is certain: the openSUSE 12.2 release won’t see the light of day on July 11th.”

“Pretty much every milestone of openSUSE 12.2 has been delayed or even canceled,” he noted. “ Compared to the preliminary schedule, milestones 1 to 3 were only about one to two weeks late – but milestone 4 had to be canceled and even Beta 1 was 2 weeks late. Release candidate 1 won’t make it either – to get Factory close to a releasable state we’d need to think about a serious delay.”

openSuse is to SUSE what Fedora is to Red Hat. Version 12.1 -- the first update since SUSE was spun off from Novell -- debuted last November.

openSUSE has had other problems in 2012.

One spokesman for the group said openSUSE has important assets including the Open Build Service and Tumbleweed updating system but that recent delays are a “wake-up” call and “an opportunity to find new directions.

Some had hoped that the development project affiliated with the No. 2 distribution would attract more developers after Attachmate purchased SUSE from Novell and established it as an independent unit focused exclusively on Linux. “We've grown and our current way of working doesn't scale anymore,” one spokesman wrote about Kulow’s announcement, which went out today.

Topic: Open Source

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  • openSUSE 12.2 delayed again, project looks to reorganize

    Oh what a shame, a linux distro is delayed. Not surprising given all the infighting that usually happens in the linux community. They can never decide on anything which is one of the many reasons linux is always years behind its competition.
    Loverock Davidson-
    • Please, go away troll!

      Stop trying to look like you know what you are talking about.
      coco montoya
    • Sometimes, delay is good

      It would have been much better for MS to have taken the time to work out problems with Vista in 2006 (to include problems with OEM support) before release, rather than rushing to release before it was ready. It might even have been successful in reality, instead of just on paper.
      John L. Ries
      • And yet that same argument is used against WP8

        Amazing how, if Microsoft does something it is bad. If penguinistas do something, it is good.
        Your Non Advocate
        • Windows 8?

          Windows 8 is a failure already. There is no way businesses are going to move over to a tablet interface and home users won't want something that is confusing and pointless.

          8 represents Microsofts last ditch effort to maintain the desktop while trying to get a foothold in smart phones and tablets.

          A tablet is not a desktop and a desktop is not a tablet, trying to merge two things that have totally different uses and user requirements is a failure to recognize the obvious.

          MS could charge $5 for it and it will still generate very few sales.
    • bored? your welfare check late?

      why waste your time in this forum??
      • Because his widdle eggshell head has cracked...

        ...and his tiny brains are leaking out.
    • What competition?

      When Windows can idle with < 300 MB of RAM call me.

      When Windows offers a sane filesystem that doesn't require defrags call me.

      When Windows doesn't require heavy third party security solutions call me.

      Windows in many ways is still about 15+ years behind many features in *nix-land.
  • Aiming for financial stability?

    my neighbor's mother made $16059 last week. she is working on the computer and got a $509600 home. All she did was get blessed and follow the information shown on this site
  • Quality definately gone down

    I think they have actually lost a lot of good quality developers and engineers over the last year and it is beginning to show which is sad as it used to be a great KDE distro. It was a stupid decision to shorten the release cycle and now it really is coming home to bite them on the ass. Couple that with too many versions on the go (i.e tumbleweed/evergreen) there is just too much to manage. Get back to an annual release cycle, 2 years support and drop tumbleweed/evergreen.

    I've been toying with LinuxMint and I like what I see and with 13 Maya you are getting 5 years support, take note of that OpenSuse.
    Alan Smithie
    • Re; too many versions on the go (i.e tumbleweed/evergreen)

      I can agree with you on tumbleweed. It has too many restrictions as you can not rely on the updates at all if you have just one proprietary driver.
      Evergreen on the other hand lets people keep something the are happy with a fair bit longer. There is less pressure to upgrade to a new version then.