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Thread: Upgrade from 9.3

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    graymat NNTP User

    Default Upgrade from 9.3

    I'm somewhat new to Suse and currently have a machine running Suse Pro 9.3. I have a couple questions related to updates and versions.

    1) What is the difference between Suse Professional and Open Suse? Or are they the same thing (just different versions)?

    2) Is it possable to upgrade my current system to the latest version of OpenSuse without doing a complete new installation?

    3) If an upgrade is possable, is it usualy a pretty smooth process? or is it involved and learning intensive?

    Take care,
    ~Gray~

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    Default Re: Upgrade from 9.3

    Quote Originally Posted by graymat View Post
    1) What is the difference between Suse Professional and Open Suse? Or are they the same thing (just different versions)?
    As SuSE Linux does not exist any more, this question can not be answered with yes or no.
    If you don't want to buy the enterprise version (SLED/SLES) you will "have to use" openSUSE.

    Quote Originally Posted by graymat View Post
    2) Is it possable to upgrade my current system to the latest version of OpenSuse without doing a complete new installation?
    No, the difference would be too big.

    Quote Originally Posted by graymat View Post
    3) If an upgrade is possable, is it usualy a pretty smooth process? or is it involved and learning intensive?
    See above.

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    Default Re: Upgrade from 9.3

    An important consideration is the age of your hardware. How old is it? Primarily the hard disk and system RAM sizes are important, and you may find your CPU specs are insufficient to run openSUSE 11.X properly. Graphics card specs may also influence your decision as to whether its worth it. For reference:

    openSUSE 11.1: Hardware Requirements

    Now, assuming your hardware is ok, then I would backup your important data in /home/<username>, and then perform a clean install.

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    graymat NNTP User

    Default Re: Upgrade from 9.3

    Thanks for the quick response and helpful information. It looks like I'm ok with the system requirements other than the DVD drive.

    I guess the question now is openSuse vs Enterprise. In addition to the 40GB drive for the OS, this machine currenly has a couple 200GB IDE drives configured as RAID I.

    Can openSuse can support the software RAID configuration (similar to Suse 9.3). If so, than I think I'm good to go.

    Take care,
    ~Gray~

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    graymat NNTP User

    Default Re: Upgrade from 9.3 (update)

    I just did some hunting around and see that openSuse does support software RAID-1. I guess my question now is, are there any things I should consider when installing this configuration?

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    palladium NNTP User

    Default Re: Upgrade from 9.3

    should we assume you know how to protect your data?

    the _best_ way to install openSUSE 11.x is with a md5sum checked DVD
    and then boot > format > install

    if you have not been involved much since 9.3 a LOT has changed...i
    suggest you read the noob info at http://tinyurl.com/ycgm2bx (even if
    your hair matches your handle--it could save you hours of time)

    and, it is impossible for us to *guess* your needs....you have gotten
    a good long run out of 9.3 and you need to know that the openSUSE
    available today (11.1) ages out of support at the end of 2010, and the
    11.2 to be released next month will only last 18 months (see:
    http://en.opensuse.org/SUSE_Linux_Lifetime)

    openSUSE today is NOT produced under the same philosophy as
    9.x....today, we BASH bugs....most of us changing versions every eight
    months or so and then Novell takes a snapshot of the code and releases
    a COMMERCIAL Enterprise version which is then supported for a MUCH
    longer lifetime (see: http://support.novell.com/lifecycle/)

    if your 9.3 is running essential software, then you are likely to be
    MUCH happier with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) or SUSE Linux
    Enterprise Desktop (SLED)..

    that is my four cents worth.....ymmv....oh, let me mention that
    everyone here in forums.opensuse.org are volunteers and we try to
    support you as we can [but be careful, it is really difficult to tell
    the difference between one with two weeks or two lifetimes of
    experience]....if you purchase SLED/SLES you go to a different forum
    AND have a support agreement with Novell..

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    palladium

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    graymat NNTP User

    Default Re: Upgrade from 9.3

    palladium, thanks for the great info and forgive me for the long delay in responding. I got a bit busy this week and this whole Suse thing got depreciated until until the end of the week.

    I will definitely check out the noob doc and will probably look into Suse Enterprise down the road. But for now, the plan for this machine is to use it as more of a testing platform. I think for that reason alone, openSuse should suffice.

    Thanks again and take care,
    ~Gray~

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    palladium NNTP User

    Default Re: Upgrade from 9.3

    graymat wrote:
    > palladium, thanks...
    > ~Gray~


    welcome sir--you don't happen to work in/near Memphis do you?
    (i know a "Gray" in Memphis, if your mom is "CAM" then that would be
    just too much!)

    --
    palladium
    Have a lot of fun..

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    graymat NNTP User

    Default Re: Upgrade from 9.3

    Nope, sorry. I'm in Detroit. However, I do have a buddy in Memphis that I've been looking for an opportunity to visit. It's one of those places I haven't seen yet. ;-)

    ~Gray~

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    palladium NNTP User

    Default Re: Upgrade from 9.3

    graymat wrote:
    > I do have a buddy in Memphis


    be sure and ask him to take you to any local (famous) BBQ
    place....and, get some catfish and hushpuppies too!!

    --
    palladium
    Have a lot of fun..

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