Welcome back! Yes a long, long time. Hope all is as well as expected for you.
The repos look ok but not a chrome user here on Tw, so don’t know for that one. Nothing has changed about using equal priorities. Last time I saw a discussion on Factory mailing list, Greg was still only supporting that setting. I used to use a higher priority for Packman, for 12.3 and 13.1 I haven’t bothered and recall no issues either way. However I don’t use the less common codecs or every gstreamer plug-in.
The update overhead may have increased during current 13.1 era, with more frequent kernel updates possibly, dragging along KDE and Gnome. At least we haven’t seen those frequent LibreOffice updates during 13.1.
You would get an idea from recent threads about ongoing blips with KDE branding and a handful of Gnome packages. Again, not a big issue here but maybe for some. Enjoy Tumbleweed, which I hope will continue even as Factory becomes a more stable “roller-coaster”.
All is indeed good. Although much water has run. I just searched to find that my last post here was April 2013. A good while ago.
Thanks for the advice. After your comment I think I’ll run the “essentials” on a par with all the others. Just so long as as everything works well together and I don’t have to install openSUSE again until maybe 14.1. I had a web server in 12.1, then 2, then 3, now 13.1 and I’m tired of moving it. And there’s a second web there now. So I’m looking for a longer term home for Apache. Tumbleweed can do that.