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Updating from Factory to openSUSE 11.2

October 29th, 2009 by

As Stephan Kulow announced recently openSUSE 11.2 is now build in a separate project and openSUSE Factory contains changes that will not go into openSUSE 11.2. Therefore if you followed so far openSUSE Factory via e.g. “zypper dup” and want to switch to 11.2, you have to change the repositories that you are using.  If you installed openSUSE 11.2 RC1, you have already the right repositories for 11.2 setup.

The 11.2 repositories are only updated with a release, so they have just been updated with the RC2 version and the next version will be to the final version.

“zypper sl -d” shows on my system these repositories – and those are the ones you should have as well if you want to update to 11.2:

# | Alias                 | Name                  | Enabled | Refresh | Priority | Type   | URI
1 | openSUSE-11.2-Update  | openSUSE-11.2-Update  | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/11.2/
2 | openSUSE_11.2_Debug   | openSUSE 11.2 Debug   | No      | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/distribution/11.2/repo/oss
3 | openSUSE_11.2_Non-Oss | openSUSE 11.2 Non-Oss | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.2/repo/non-oss
4 | openSUSE_11.2_Oss     | openSUSE 11.2 Oss     | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.2/repo/oss
5 | 11.2-test-updates     | 11.2-test-updates     | No      | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/11.2-test/

The last repository is optional for now, once 11.2 gets released it will be used for testing of updates.

To change your repositories, you can either edit the existing ones using (as root) “yast2 repositories” or remove (with “zypper removerepo”) the Factory repositories and add the 11.2 ones with “zypper addrepo”.

Finally, just run “zypper dup” to upgrade your distro – if you run it today, it will update you to openSUSE 11.2 RC2.

Note that there are no mirrors setup for this  repository today, so update might be slow.  Once openSUSE 11.2 gets released, all mirrors will have it.

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6 Responses to “Updating from Factory to openSUSE 11.2”

  1. Sagi

    What about updating from openSUSE 11.1 to 11.2 ?

    What is the recommended way of doing it ?


  2. JBScoutBerlin

    Hi Sagi.

    You can find that info at this post – of course you will need to change all URLs pointing from "factory" to the ones above.

    that worked for me like a charme as I've updatet one of my openSUSE 11.1 to factory and another to 11.2 RC1. There are already repos online if you like to update the RC2-stuff to more recent versions like KDE 4.3.2 – for that I have also put these repos via YaST
    – KDE 4.3.2 http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE%3a/43/openSUSE_11.2/
    – KDE 3.5.10.x
    ( I needed this for some special purpose )
    – Mozilla Buildservice
    – Mozilla:Beta
    ( in my case for testinf Mozilla Prism )
    – VideoLan Repository
    ( for VLC )
    – Packman Repository

    so far,
    just have fun 🙂

  3. Robert

    I would recommend going in to Yast, under software, and look at your repositories there. Just edit each entry so it matches what was posted above

  4. Sagi

    I decided to download the DVD and to update from the DVD.

    One more question, what is the difference between desktop and default kernel versions ?

    • Andreas Jaeger

      The desktop kernel has some tunings set for better desktop experience but requires newer hardware and support also (the x86 version) more than 4 GB of memory. The default kernel runs on some older hardware as well but the x86 version does not handle more than 4 GB.