I have version 11.1 and it is working ok for me, but I think it is time to get an upgrade. I have all the latest updates to 11.1, so I am wondering how safe and easy it can be to jump directly to 11.3. Anyone has tried it? Would it make sense to do it like this, or do I have to first make an upgrade to 11.2, and then immediately to 11.3?
Also, do you think a network upgrade via ‘zypper dup’ is a good option, or would you rather recommend to get the installation DVD? (I did a cold run of zypper dup and it said it needed to download only 241Mb.)
If ANY comments are welcome, then I recommend you download a liveCD for openSUSE-11.3 and test with that before you contemplate an installation. IF that works, then download the DVD and try the DVD install.
The quoted disadvantages are show stoppers for me (as I believe in Murphy’s Law : If anything can go wrong, then it WILL go wrong) :
- If for any reason the upgrade is interrupted (i.e: power outages, network disconnect) and the process can't continue, **you could be left with a broken system**
(that depends on where the process stopped of course). *] If you have multiple systems to upgrade, you use bandwidth each time, so it might be better to download an ISO image.
We have 6 PCs in our apartment that I can possibly update to 11.3 … hence it makes sense to download the DVD.
First of all secure/back all your user data. Maybe you have an old hard drive or backup on dvd.
Then install 11.3 and do the following:
When the install process proposes the partitions go into “custom” partitioning (can’t remember the exact word)
choose the rootpartition format ext4 mount /
!!!only mount (!!!no formating) you old /home !!!
What I do not know is , if your old /home is ext3 if that would still work. Theoretically it should.
So with this procedure you will have all your data ready to run. Of course you would need to install all the apps you had before.
Thanks for your replies. Following your ideas, I will wait a bit and then go for an installation from DVD.
What I have not understood is the last comment on mounting the root partition as ext4. Mine was formatted as ext3. What difference does that make? I mean: I should be able to keep my /home in any case (I hope!).
Ext3 is still supported (and ext2 is alo, like may others). No worry. There are some pros switching to Ext4 (and when you install anew your / will be created like that by default), but you can always make a separate plan to switch your /home in te future when all the dust on the upgrade has settled down at your site. Noihurry. Always plan these things carefully.
A no show for me in going to 11.3 (from 11.2) is the non behaviour of Kaddressbook (in the new KDE). When you don’t use Kaddressbook forget it, when you do, search here on the Forums.
I wonder about using the full 11.3 DVD, can it be installed as a repository and then use ‘zypper dup’.
If this works most packages should be installed from the DVD (in case of network interruption and for speed and minimum traffic) and extra packages updated by network (nvidia, packman, videolan).
On 2010-07-24 16:36, santboia wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have version 11.1 and it is working ok for me, but I think it is time
> to get an upgrade. I have all the latest updates to 11.1, so I am
> wondering how safe and easy it can be to jump directly to 11.3. Anyone
> has tried it? Would it make sense to do it like this, or do I have to
> first make an upgrade to 11.2, and then immediately to 11.3?
Why don’t you read the zillion other threads asking the same thing? I’m getting tired of replying to
the same question several times a day… >:-)
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 11.2 x86_64 “Emerald” GM (Elessar))