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Thread: System4Life: Updating vs. Upgrading.

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    Default System4Life: Updating vs. Upgrading.

    Hey folks,

    since OpenSuse is THE system the matrix depends on *cough* ... Ive been thinking about keeping it. Maybe even forever (please dont get sentimental here).

    Upgrading distros from one version to another isnt difficult at all, but certainly one should avoid major version jumps.
    Lets pretend one would update the system at least once a week and takes upgrades into account:

    (1) How long would it be possible to keep the system?
    (2) When would it be necessary to do a fresh install (if the system works just as it should)?
    (3) If a re-install is necessary, how is it possible to tranfer the installed software packages (please keep in mind: not all packages have a repository)?

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    Default Re: System4Life: Updating vs. Upgrading.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMask View Post
    Ive been thinking about keeping it. Maybe even forever (please dont get sentimental here).
    The issue isn't sentiment but philosophy. The SUSE philosophy has always been one of regular upgrades/re-installs. If you want a system to keep for ever, you need Gentoo.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMask View Post
    (1) How long would it be possible to keep the system?
    Depends on whether you are connected to the Internet. If you are: 18 months with openSUSE -- five years with SUSE. If not: well I have a nine year old distro that I still use from time to time on one computer - but it isn't connected to the Internet.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMask View Post
    (2) When would it be necessary to do a fresh install (if the system works just as it should)?
    As with (1) depends on whether you are connected to the Internet and so need the security updates.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMask View Post
    (3) If a re-install is necessary, how is it possible to transfer the installed software packages (please keep in mind: not all packages have a repository)?
    Using static packages and/or transferring the tar-balls and installing afresh each time. The problem will always be changes to dependencies that are the reason why distributors like SUSE have always gone for a policy of a fresh start every so often.

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    Default Re: System4Life: Updating vs. Upgrading.

    Thanks, I'll agree on the philosophy part.
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