Luis already unleashed the word: GNOME 2.28.2 will be released as an online update for openSUSE 11.2 (for reference, openSUSE 11.2 was initially released with 2.28.1). You can currently help testing that everything is fine with the packages by adding the 11.2-test repository and upgrading. Please go ahead and test it, and tell us if it breaks anything. Hopefully, it should work quite fine.

What is really exciting about this is of course not that we're delivering bug fixes to our users ;-) But with 11.2, openSUSE got a new maintenance team, with more community involvement. One of the amazing result is that it is (or at least, feels) much easier now to release online updates for packages, with a process that everybody can follow — it used to be restricted to Novell employees. Another welcome change is that we can finally release new upstream versions as updates, with some obvious restrictions: the new versions should only contain bug fixes, and should fix real important bugs for users.

And this is what enabled the release of GNOME 2.28.2 as an update for openSUSE 11.2: this version bump was lead by Dominique and Magnus. I must admit I'm really glad that I didn't have to do anything ;-) The GNOME policy to only do bug fixes (and updated translations, which is something we also care about!) on a stable branch, and the fact that we're doing a good job at being reliable on this upstream, certainly helped too.

But wait, there's more! If you're crazy about GNOME but still want a stable distribution, you can use GNOME 2.29 on openSUSE 11.2! The Build Service is really helping us here, making it easy to reuse our GNOME 2.29 packages that we have in Factory on 11.2, with nearly no work at all. We have some documentation on how to use GNOME 2.29 on openSUSE 11.2, and testers are welcome. It should work fine and not eat your computer. Testing Factory is also an option, and while it used to be hardly usable in the past, the community is now doing a good job at making sure it works fine most of the time, if not all the time.

Did I mention you can get the latest version of various applications on 11.2 by just adding the GNOME:Apps repository? No need to update the distribution. No need to update GNOME. This is getting insanely cool :-) And both for packagers (nearly no effort to backport packages) and users (latest versions of their preferred applications available on a stable distribution).