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).
> 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?
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…
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…