openSUSE 11.1 Release Notes

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These release notes cover the following areas:

In the Start-Up Manual, find information about installation and basic system configuration. In the Reference Guide, the system configuration is explained in detail. Find basic information on GNOME and KDE in the QuickStart Guides. Detailed information on using AppArmor is provided by the AppArmor Administration Guide.

  1. Unable to Detect Display with Lid Closed
  2. Detecting Lenovo ThinkPad Laptops
  1. XEN Configuration
  1. Displaying Man-Pages With the Same Name
  2. YaST LDAP Server Configuration
  3. Configuring Network Connections
  4. netconfig Utility to Apply Additional Network Settings
  5. WLAN Channels 12, 13, and 14 Disabled
  6. The command-not-found Script


Unable to Detect Display with Lid Closed

During the installation YaST resp. SaX2 are trying to detect displays and determine the display size and resolution. If you are installing on a notebook with the lid closed it is not be possible to detect the display. To avoid this problem it is highly recommended to keep the lid open during the installation.

If the detection failed, start YaST and click "Hardware" -> "Graphics Card and Monitor". Then configure the display manually.

Detecting Lenovo ThinkPad Laptops

Lenovo ThinkPad laptops have special code in the MBR (master boot record) because of the "Blue ThinkVantage button" functionality. If detecting and preparing it properly fails, it might be necessary to restore the boot sector.

If you have a ThinkPad, ensure that the bootloader is not installed into the MBR (verify it in the installation proposal!) and the MBR is not rewritten by generic code (in installation proposal select Bootloader -> Boot Loader Installation -> Boot Loader Options -> Write Generic Boot Code to MBR -- should be unchecked).

If your MBR gets rewritten, the ThinkVantage button will not work anymore. The back-up of the MBR is stored in /var/lib/YaST2/backup_boot_sectors/.


XEN Configuration

Updating from openSUSE 11.0 to openSUSE 11.1 with the Xen Hypervisor may have an incorrect network configuration, because the update does not configure the bridged setup automatically.

Start the "YaST Control Center", choose "Virtualization" and then "Install Hypervisor and Tools" to start the bridge proposal for networking. Alternatively you can call "yast2 xen" on the commandline.

Note, if you install openSUSE 11.1 and configure Xen, you get a bridged setup through YaST automatically.


Displaying Man-Pages With the Same Name

The man command now asks which man-page the user wants to see if man-pages with the same name exist in different sections. The user is expected to type the section number to make this man-page visible.

If you want to get back the previous behavior, set MAN_POSIXLY_CORRECT=1 in a shell initialization file such as ~/.bashrc.

YaST LDAP Server Configuration

The YaST LDAP Server module does not store the LDAP Server configuration in /etc/openldap/slapd.conf any longer. The module now uses OpenLDAP's dynamic configuration backend, which stores the configuration in an LDAP database itself. That database consists of a set of .ldif files in /etc/openldap/slapd.d. To access the configuration either use the yast2-ldap-server module or an LDAP client such as ldapmodify or ldapsearch.

For details on the dymanic configuration of OpenLDAP, see the OpenLDAP Administration Guide.

Configuring Network Connections

By default, Network Manager is enabled and manages network connections. If you want configure it, you must use a Network Manager applet to change the settings. As long as Network Manager is running, YaST refuses to configure the network settings, because YaST and Network Manager have different sets of configuration options.

netconfig Utility to Apply Additional Network Settings

The modify_resolvconf script is removed in favor of the more versatile netconfig script. The new script handles specific network settings from multiple sources more flexible and transparent. For more informations, see the updated manuals and the netconfig man-page.

In the shipped manuals, modify_resolvconf is erroneously referenced. We will correct it in the next release.

WLAN Channels 12, 13, and 14 Disabled

By default, the WLAN channels 12, 13, and 14 are disabled because it is not allowed to use these channels everywhere. If you want to use them in your region, see for more information.

The command-not-found Script

On the command line, if you enter a command that could not be found, bash and zsh call the /usr/bin/command-not-found handler. command-not-found then searches a package database and proposes how to proceed.

If you want to disable this behavior, either remove the command-not-found package or unset command_not_found_handle in your shell initialization file. For example, add to ~/.bashrc:

unset command_not_found_handle