Today was release day for openSUSE 10.3 Alpha2, I sent out the announcement this evening.
A critical part – and that’s why I’m asking for testers – is our move to the new libata kernel stack also for IDE devices. This means especially that hard disks previously mounted as /dev/hda will now show up as /dev/sda. We have written code to make this change automatically in all involved files but this one definitely needs thorough testing, so we appreciate bugreports in bugzilla. If you look at the Most Annoying bugs for Alpha2, you’ll notice that we did break support for those systems that do not work yet with libata and need the old driver. So, if this is the case on your system, better wait for Alpha3. The new libata stack has already better support for some IDE devices, is actively maintained and allows features like hotplug – and therefore I can undock my docking station.
For the first time, we also released the Kiwi tool together with a configuration for creating a LiveDVD of openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 2. It can be created by anyone, you just need to call one simple script. Please find detailed instructions and a list of known issues here.