Opensuse Leap 42.1 Beta1

The beta1 release was announced on Thursday.  So I downloaded and installed.


The downloading went smoothly.  I used “aria2c” to download “openSUSE-Leap-42.1-DVD-x86_64-Build0186-Media.iso” (the DVD installer iso for beta1).  Then I used “wget” to download the sha256 checksum file “openSUSE-Leap-42.1-DVD-x86_64-Build0186-Media.iso.sha256”.  Then I used “gpg” to verify the signature of that checksum file.  Finally, I used the “sha256sum” command to computer the checksum of the downloaded iso, and compare that to the checksum in the “.sha256” file.

A bit more detail.  On the download page for the development version, I checked the box for “Pick Mirror” and clicked “download”.  That gave me a list of mirrors and it gave me the url for the meta4 download link.  I copied that link, and used it as an argument for “aria2c” on a command line to download the iso.  Then I replaced the final “.meta4” with “.sha256” in that link, and used that with “wget” to download the sha256 checksum file.

I then used “dd_rescue” to write the “.iso” file to an 8G USB flash drive, to use as my install media.


To install, I inserted the USB drive, and booted the computer.  I then hit F12 during boot.  On the computer that I was using, that brings up a BIOS boot menu.  I selected the entry to boot the flash drive in UEFI mode.

I proceeded with the install.  It mostly went as expected.

On the reboot after install, I ran into my first problem.  Actually, that was the only problem.  I was expecting this, since it had happened for the milestones.  Bug 939411 showed up.  My install had used an encrypted LVM.  I was prompted for the encryption key, but the computer would not accept keyboard input.

The workaround is easy enough, so I soon had the system up and running.

With that experience, I upped the severity of bug 939411 to critical, and added a comment that this would block people with USB3 hardware and an encrypted LVM.

There’s good news.  In less that 24 hours, the bug report was updated to say that a fix had been submitted.  So, hopefully, when the release candidate shows up in a few weeks, we should be good to go.

First looks

With the system up and running, I spent a little time test it.

My first surprise was how fast it booted.  This is a considerably faster startup than I have been seeing with opensuse 13.2 or with Tumbleweed.  This is a good start.  Shutdown also seems pretty fast.

Once booted, I noticed the artwork.  It is very impressive.  With opensuse 13.1, I did not use any wallpaper other than the default, because the artwork was excellent.  With 13.2, I reverted to configuring wallpaper, and the default was uninteresting.  With 42.1, it looks as if I will be going back to skipping the wallpaper and using the default.


Still the odd bug, but 42.1 is shaping up nicely.



About Neil Rickert

Mathematician and computer scientist who dabbles in cognitive science.

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