Tomorrow openSUSE 13.1 will be officially launched and if a member of this distribution, you might’re considering whether it’s worth upgrading or not, since openSUSE 12.3 is now in his prime. The short answer is yes, it’s worth a lot. The long I’ll give it a few days, when we publish the review. However, you know that there is a third option that, until today, we had not covered in depth in MuyLinux: Tumbleweed .Tumbleweed is the
rolling-release branch of openSUSE. In the style of Arch Linux and other distributions rolling-release , Tumbleweed is updated continuously, but only stable versions of the packages that make up a system that never needs to be reinstalled, because it is always the last.
Thus, Tumbleweed has its advantages and disadvantages, and these can cause more of an annoyance to novice users or little given to use the command line. If you do not see clear, I recommend you do not put into practice anything here explained, or do so at your own risk.
fact, I would not recommend Tumbleweed any normal user , because to keep up to date with the desktop environment, the kernel or many of the most popular applications and components is not necessary. OpenSUSE users have access to a good number of well maintained communal repositories, and indeed some are more current than Tumbleweed. Also, the stability of the system in a regular version will always be superior to Tumbleweed, or that’s at least my experience after tinkering for quite some time with one model and another.
in all, this was a tutorial I had to come sooner or later these pages, and as a welcome to openSUSE 13.1-or “farewell” for openSUSE 12.3-, it does today. Moreover, the process is simplified full . Before starting, however, should take into consideration several things:
- you can cause problems with upgrades (unmet dependency), although it is unusual.
Now, the mess. In case you have, you should backup all your data, even if data loss is not among the “dangers” that await you … (I assume that anyone who tried what follows is an openSUSE user with a minimum of experience, knows what YaST, known Zypper, etc.)
The shortest way to reach Tumbleweed is this (you can do it from any openSUSE version):
1 – Delete your current respositorios. Go into YaST and paragraph “Software> Software Repositories” removes all official repositories and community . The repositories created by third party applications (Google, Dropbox, etc.), you can disable them. Close the module.2 – Adds Tumbleweed repositories . you just click on this link: Tumbleweed. If you prefer to do it on console, here the instructions.
The process is the same as when you install a package via One Click-Install, so there is not much to explain. Once done, go back to the module “Software Repositories” and assign it to the repository called Tumbleweed a priority of 98 (why, below). Accept.
came the moment of truth. Open the console and as root , reloading the repositories and updates the system:
may encounter a compatibility problem with the packages you already have installed (hint: it is desirable, whenever possible, change the repository before removing or breaking anything), but rarely happens. Once this process completes, it will take its time, reboot the system and you are on openSUSE Tumbleweed. Do not forget frequently update the system , provided via terminal with the last command on these lines.
you missing a package? Although not recommended, you can use additional Tumbleweed repositories. The details of increase Tumbleweed repository priority discussed above is precisely to avoid problems with other repositories.
Finally, an oversight that can cause instability is derived by Tumbleweed kernel version used. I recommend, therefore, that go into the software manager and delete them any version other than the one held in Tumbleweed, which now goes by Linux 3.12 .
Any questions, comments or suggestions?