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System Description

System Software Information

RedHat Enterpise 6.6

OpenSUSE 11.3

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  • With support for 32-bit and 64-bit systems. openSUSE 11.3 is packed with new features and updates including SpiderOak to sync your files across the Internet for free, Rosegarden for free editing of your audio files, improved indexing with Tracker, and updates to Mozilla Firefox, and Thunderbird. OpenSUSE continues its tradition of delivering the popular KDE, GNOME and Xfce desktop environments, and now also provides the lightweight LXDE desktop environment. With GNOME, you can use the latest 2.30.1 version or take your installation for a drive with a preview of the upcoming GNOME 3.0. Or choose KDE SC 4.4.4 for the latest updates.



Support for openSUSE

  • Announced by the openSUSE project about seventeen months ago, the openSUSE 11.3 operating system will reach end of life (EOL) on January 16th, 2012. With regrets, the openSUSE developers, through Marcus Meissner, announced on November 30th that there will be no more updates coming for the openSUSE 11.3 Linux distribution, starting with January 16th, 2012.Support for openSUSE 11.3 will be officially dropped, which means that starting with January 16th, 2012, the openSUSE project will stop "feeding" the openSUSE 11.3 operating system with security or critical fixes, and software updates. OpenSUSE 11.3 introduced features such as Linux kernel 2.6.34, support for the Btrfs filesystem, the KDE SC 4.4.4 and GNOME 2.30.1 desktop environments, X.Org 7.5, X.Org server 1.8.0, new artwork, iPhone and iPod Touch support, OpenOffice.org 3.2, Adobe Flash Player 10.1.53.64, and much more. OpenSUSE 11.4 remains supported until September 15th, 2012, and openSUSE 12.1 will be supported until May 15th, 2013. The upcoming openSUSE 12.2 will be released on July 2013.

Supporting Cloud technologies

  • OpenSUSE is an excellent guest OS for the cloud as can be experienced building solutions on SUSE Studio. With a new kernel, openSUSE is now ready to run directly on the Amazon EC2 cloud. On the host side, the latest virtualization technologies including Xen 4.1, KVM and VirtualBox can be managed with the latest virt-manager and open-vm-tools. Last but not least, openSUSE is the first Linux distribution to ship OwnCloud integrated into the desktop. And the openSUSE Virtualization and Cloud repository for openSUSE 12.1 offers the latest versions of Eucalyptus, OpenNebula and OpenStack for openSUSE 12.1.
  • Do we need to upgrade or system? I am not sure that our Speach Tools will get more efficiant, stable and resolve any performance issues. The current System operates well under openSUSE 11.3, for now! However, future Capstone classes must consider and beware that openSUSE will not be supported in the future. Having said that, the long term impact of no support or updates needs to be monitored and considered as the project moves to completion.

System Configuration

System OS Requirements Current Systems Cunfiguration Meet Sphinx3 Requirements Update available Upgrade info
Currently Installed OpenSuSE 11.3
  • The following requirements should be met to ensure smooth operation ofopenSUSE 11.3:
  • Pentium III 500 MHz or higher processor (Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or higher or any AMD64 or Intel EM64T processor recommended)
  • Main memory: 512 MB physical RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Hard disk: 3 GB available disk space (more recommended)
  • Sound and graphics cards: supports most modern sound and graphics cards, 800 x 600 display resolution(1024 x 768 or higher recommended)
  • Booting from CD/DVD drive or USB-Stick for installation, or support for booting over network (you need to setup PXE by yourself, look also at Network install) or an existing installation of openSUSE, more information at Installation without CD
  • 2 Intel (R) Xeon TM 3.06 Ghz
  • Main memory 2 GB
  • ATI Technologies Inc Rage XL (rev 27) with 16MB video memory
  • Current configuration meet and exceed requirements on all systems.


  • YES


  • No,On November 30th that there will be no more updates coming for the openSUSE 11.3 Linux distribution, starting with January 16th, 2012.


  • The new Linux 3.1 kernel is a substantial improvement over the 2.6.38 kernel which was part of openSUSE 11.3. Not only have filesystems like ext4 and btrfs been improved, the Linux 3.1 kernel specifically brings a number of performance improvements to memory management and data handling.
  • WebYaST remote system management tool
  • Supporting Cloud technologies


New available OpenSuSE 12.1
  • The following requirements should be met to ensure smooth operation ofopenSUSE 12.1:
  • Pentium III 500 MHz or higher processor (Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or higher or any AMD64 or Intel EM64T processor recommended)
  • Main memory: 512 MB physical RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Hard disk: 3 GB available disk space (more recommended)
  • Sound and graphics cards: supports most modern sound and graphics cards, 800 x 600 display resolution (1024 x 768 or higher recommended)
  • Booting from CD/DVD drive or USB-Stick for installation, or support for booting over network (you need to setup PXE by yourself, look also at Network install) or an existing installation of openSUSE, more information at Installation without CD
  • Current configuration meet and exceed reruirements on all systems.


  • YES


  • N/A




Upcoming OpenSuSE 12.2
  • Will be available in July 2012
  • Not available yet
  • N/A
  • N/A