> Sorry everyone for being such a n00b in regards to openSUSE or RPM
> package management.
No worries, nobody’s born with openSUSE. Even less with Tumbleweed.
First of all, Tumbleweed is a developing version, it’s going to break.
Someone has said it’s Factory on barbiturates.
You should know openSUSE somehow to be able to cope with TW.
On top of that, you happened to start on a bad day. It’s broken.
You should stay on 12.2 for now, the latest Gnome stuff broke TW.
I don’t and I never did use Gnome so this is all I know about it.
But I’ve been on Tumbleweed since day one, so I’ll try to clarify a few
Let’s first check your steps.
> I anyone is skeptical, these are the steps I have followed:
> *1. Install from GNOME LiveCD (MD5 correct)
This is good.
> 3. Reboot
It’s ok. Simplest thing to do.
zypper patch, again I know
> 5. Reboot
> 6. Add 4 Tumbleweed repos
There’s only two:
> 7. Remove all stock repos
No. You need the normal 12.2 repos with 12.2 Tumbleweed
Just remove the ‘12.2 Packman’ if you had it.
You can also change the 12.2 ones to “Current” ones.
Which are links to the 12.2 ones.
This will become handy when the next release comes out.
The “Current” ones always point to the latest release.
Which Tumbleweed is always based on.
If you mean this change to “Current” by “remove stock repos” then it’s OK.
It used to be ‘zypper dup --from Tumbleweed’ initially after adding the
This was in the beginning of Tumbleweed and I’m not sure if it’s still
The next updates should then afterwards ALWAYS be ‘zypper dup’ though.
At this point you should only go to the first ‘zypper dup --from
Tumbleweed’ step. This is because there’s a situation.
Then stay there and wait.
You should also follow the factory mailing list.
The Tumbleweed developer Greg K-H interacts with that list.
If you go ‘zypper dup’ after the initial one you’ll get a broken system
according to my recent experience.
> 9. Reboot
At this point this can be recommended, there’s a new kernel there.
> 10. Observe the lack of gdm login screen and watch the spinning cursor
This is where you got hit. I got it, too.
It’s (methinks) some mismatch between the older and the newer Gnome
packages that appeared the other day.
> If anyone would like to help, please do. I really like this distro, but
> the package management system and the way repositories are implemented
> seems really off-putting.
It’s not, really.
But you bit quite a chunk by getting started with a developing version,
And yet, on a day when it’s broken.
I think you should be fine with the normal 12.2 to familiarize yourself
with openSUSE a bit.
openSUSE 11.4 (x86_64) 18.104.22.168-0.20-default main host
openSUSE 12.2 (x86_64) 3.6.9-14-desktop Tumbleweed
openSUSE 12.2 (i586) 3.4.11-2.16-desktop in EeePC 900