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.
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.