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  1. #1

    Question Software Automatic Update

    Hello,

    Ok, here it goes a small question:

    when a new version of a specific software is released shouldn't Opensuse automatically update it???

    for example Inkscape has a new version - v0.47. My system still has v0.46. Shouldn't it already update to the last version?

    another example is pidgin. v2.6.4 is out and i'm still with v2.5.1.

    Is there something wrong or is it supposed to work like this?

    Thanks

  2. #2

    Default Re: Software Automatic Update

    SUSE is a fixed release distro.

    Rolling release distros, such as Arch and Debian Testing, or source based distros such as Gentoo, would behave as you would intuitively expect.

    Fixed releases build a 'snapshot' of development of many packages at a certain point, then bundle them up together. Only security- and major bug-fixes are then introduced, and other upgrades are ignored to keep the whole thing stable - new features will come with openSUSE 11.3 (though obviously you can use the build service to add repositories, and therefore updates, if you want).

  3. #3
    palladium NNTP User

    Default Re: Software Automatic Update

    SpeccyMan wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > Ok, here it goes a small question:
    >
    > when a new version of a specific software is released shouldn't
    > Opensuse automatically update it???
    >
    > for example Inkscape has a new version - v0.47. My system still has
    > v0.46. Shouldn't it already update to the last version?
    >
    > another example is pidgin. v2.6.4 is out and i'm still with v2.5.1.
    >
    > Is there something wrong or is it supposed to work like this?
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    >


    first, you need to realize that everyone who does all the compiling,
    packaging and testing work needed to get the latest pidgin or inkscape
    (*and* all the other thousands of applications available) moved into
    the repos is an unpaid volunteer...and, therefore obviously allowed to
    work at the pace they determine for themselves..

    many/most have real jobs, families, boyfriends/girlfriends, etc etc
    etc....not to mention holidays, vacations and etc..

    so, it works the way it works....you can make it work faster by
    pitching in and help the process along...see,
    http://en.opensuse.org/How_to_Participate

    second, i guess you also know that if the system is not fast enough
    for you then you are free to download the source code for inkscape
    (and anything else) and compile it the day it is released...

    finally, it really is possible to run your legs off here if you try to
    always have all the latest software....it is pretty much a full time
    job trying to keep up....and, i'll tell you a secret: the openSUSE of
    a year ago was far superior to Win 7 next year, so relax...even if you
    were running inkscape 0.40 you would still be way ahead...

    --
    palladium

  4. #4

    Default Re: Software Automatic Update

    oh

    OK, Apparently i had some wrong thought about a few things!

    thanks for explaining them to me

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Software Automatic Update

    On Tue, 01 Dec 2009 16:06:01 +0000, SpeccyMan wrote:

    > oh
    >
    > OK, Apparently i had some wrong thought about a few things!
    >
    > thanks for explaining them to me


    What Palladium said is true, but I have found that it is occasionally a
    good idea to run the YaST software management and look there for updates
    as well.

    Jim



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    Jim Henderson
    openSUSE Forums Moderator

  6. #6

    Default Re: Software Automatic Update

    nice tip, hendersj!!!

    After that i checked in the YaST software management, like you said and it did update a few things (inkscape and pidgin included)

    thanks so much!!!

    they're working just fine

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