can someone explain some repositories differences?

What is the difference between the “OSS”, “standard” and “base” repositories?
They also have different versions of key packages like the kernel…

A link maybe… not aware of base or standard.

what can i say?
expecially thanks to the admins who for sure know the answer


You will find no reference to base or standard in this forum…

feel free to go through the search pages and modify it if you actually don’t want any help.

If you mean Official then its OSS, NON-OSS and Update at the moment you’re talking rubbish with no context…

It does help if you provide a link to which repository your talking
about :wink: But I think you mean this one?;

I’m guessing this is used by other repositories on the OBS to pull from
in building up a release, it may even be related to Studio.

OSS is the released version.

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For instance

Index of /repositories/Base:

it always pops up when you do a search for packages at

and it contains several packages (including the kernel packages such as -default, -trace etc.) with a different version number than oss

this repository also contains 3 directories: kernel, build and install which in turn lead to a “standard” repository each.

For instance, inside tha standard directory inside “kernel” i can find the suse kernel version 2.6.29…

Instead, I found out that the other link

Index of /distribution/11.1/repo/oss/suse

which pops up all the times from the webpage for packages search, leads to the normal oss repository.

However this “standard” seems to be different from the three “standars” inside the above mentioned “base”.

I just would like to understand what all of these repositories mean and from which I can download packages with the least risk of breaking my system

Thanks a lot

I typically recommend users ONLY use the repositories OSS, Non-OSS, Update and Packman. The first three OSS, Non-OSS, and Update are official Novell/SuSE-GmbH repositories. The 4th, which is Packman, is a 3rd party repository with many packages packaged by the Packman packagers (especially superb non-crippled multimedia).

Reference the repositories:

  • OSS = in essence the basic, as packaged openSUSE version, without updates, very similar to what is on the installation DVD.
  • non-OSS = Non free (as in freedom) software, such as Flashplayer, Java, Opera, IPW-firmware, RealPlayer etc.
  • update = updates to the OSS and non-OSS packages that are typically issued for security reasons, and occasionally for functional releases. It typically does not contain major version release changes.
  • packman = 3rd party repository - description noted above.

I recommend you do NOT add any other repositories. None. Just the 4 I recommend. ONLY add others when you inderstand the problems that can happen, how to detect the problems, and how to fix the problems when the problems occur.

There is guidance for adding the four I mentioned here:
Repositories - openSUSE-Community

You can read more on official repositories here:
Package Repositories - openSUSE

and more on 3rd party repositories here:
Additional YaST Package Repositories - openSUSE

But again, note that I recommend ONLY OSS, Non-OSS, Update, and Packman.

I think what malcolmlewis said would be correct and if it isn’t that, going on that kernel which iirc adds up to factory it maybe a base install. i.e A very minimal install with no additional packages most of those look like what you would get from an x less install(Though no yast bits that I noticed). I would presume for testing and developing on, then if your interest was KDE you would add KDE factory. Still guessing I guess it means people developing are using the same base.

As for finding it I personally think webpin shouldn’t be searching OBS at all, as for OBS searching it will find a lot of third party repos. I think Oldcpu’s recommendations are very valid but with the one clicks and webpin searching the OBS, I tend to recommend people are very careful where they add stuff from and if unsure look at what the repo maybe providing.


indeed i was wondering about these repositories when doing my websearches for suse packages.

One option might be to add a filter to the search engine that allows to choose whether to include results this “non official” or third party repositories like the ones i mentioned