Obsolete thread: Tumbleweed and Gnome 3

Greg k-h stated on the mailing list at end last week that it would be a few weeks before the Gnome 3 repo for Tumbleweed was ready for us to do an upgrade from Gnome 2 to 3.

But he did suggest that I might be able to follow a path of upgrade from 11.4 standard Gnome 2 to Gnome 3 before upgrading the openSUSE 11.4 distro to Tumbleweed – suggested it might be worth a try. So I gave it a whirl and it works.

Here are my experiences, starting with openSUSE 11.4 plus Gnome 2 standard, no KDE.

I added the Factory Gnome (3) repo at priority 98 as per the wiki page for Gnome 3 and ran the “text upgrade”. There were no Tubleweed repos atached for this phase. Upgrade to Gnome 3 went perfectly. Then I disabled the openSUSE 11.3 repos and added Tumbleweed plus Tumbleweed/Packman and ran “zypper dup --from Tumbleweed.” I received only one dependency error:

Problem: hdjmod-kmp-desktop-1.28_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.2.x86_64 requires ksym(desktop:current_task) = 8299a889, but this requirement cannot be provided
  deleted providers: kernel-desktop-
 Solution 1: deinstallation of hdjmod-kmp-desktop-1.28_k2.6.37.1_1.2-1.2.x86_64
 Solution 2: keep obsolete kernel-desktop-
 Solution 3: break hdjmod-kmp-desktop by ignoring some of its dependencies

I chose (1) deinstall hdjmod-kmp-xx because I have no Hercules that I’m aware of. The distro upgrade then went fine.

I also like Packman RPMs so I ran “zypper up --repo TumbleweedPackman” and that all went smoothly.

All works well now, Gnome 3 and fully Tumbleweed.

N.B. change of status: this method is now unnecessary. It is now possible to attach the Tumbleweed:Gnome repo to a standard Tumbleweed distro and upgrade Gnome 2 → Gnome 3.

@swerdna, all of kernel related module packages having a version number “2.6.37” must be removed when using Tumbleweed, for sure!

That is the critical point for any user thinking about turning to Tumbleweed, for example:
If Tumbleweed relates to linux-2.6.39 in the future and the user feels dependend on ati proprietary fglrx module, Tumbleweed is a NOGO if amd-ati is behind actual developement (as usual, but my proprietary beta nvidia runs with 2.6.39-rc5 now!).

@swerdna, try playing around with priorities! That way you only will have to use:

zypper dup

The additional advantage of using “dup” is to automatically get appearing brand new versions in Tumbleweed!

Thanks ulenrich. I have just now found that the Tumbleweed:Gnome repo at this address


now works very smoothly for upgrading 11.4 Gnome 2 to Gnome 3, so what I said about upgrading with Factory:Gnome is now obsolete and users can attach Tumbleweed:Gnome for a straightforward experience

More on that here: http://forums.opensuse.org/english/get-technical-help-here/tumbleweed/458995-howto-upgrade-gnome-2-tumbleweed-gnome-3-a.html