Dec 182008
 

Just back in time after the long 3 weeks of hoiliday and the couple of weeks of recovery thereafter 😉 for the big days big release of openSUSE 11.1. To be precise, just in 2hrs 02mins as my clock says (13.00 GMT is the release time) openSUSE 11.1 will be officially available for download.

The openSUSE team has been making all the arrangements for the download and are doing their best to ensure we get our hands on the glossy openSUSE 11.1 without any glitch. They have added 3 Quad core servers to the wiki farm and have tweaked just to support the load. You may directly head to

http://software.opensuse.org

than to go the openSUSE homepage and wait for an official announcement to start downloading.

Also, you may use a Metalinker client like “DownloadThemAll” extension for Firefox or aria2 client which is a CLI which seems to be the wiser tool of them all.

aria2 can

can maximize the utilization of your internet bandwidth for faster download

download from several mirrors at the same time (so it also makes you faster)

automatically noticing mirror problems, and resuming from other mirrors

simultaneously downloading via Peer-to-Peer (BitTorrent)

error checking for transferred data is not only done in the end – but already during downloading. Each part of the file which has arrived is already checked, and if it’s found to be broken, it is scheduled to be refetched from another mirror.

creating a local *.asc file which contains the cryptographical signature which can be used to verify the authenticity of the file

automatically noticing if a server supports metalinks (if not, it will just act as “normal” download client)

being robust against all sorts of network failures

avoiding head-scratching of its user

Use the 1-click installs for aria2 from http://software.opensuse.org/search to quickly install aria2 and get ready for the big release.

Once installed, quickly get the link for your download from http://software.opensuse.org (choose your DVD or CD 32/64 ISO).

For instance, to download openSUSE 11.0 i386 DVD ISO,

opensuse11:~ # aria2c http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.0/iso/dvd/openSUSE-11.0-DVD-i386.iso

and sit and watch the fun of a faster download.

Have fun and good luck to the team at openSUSE and to you all suse geeks!!!!