Upgrade to tumbleweed?

I have 2 laptops: one running 15.4 and everything’s fine (thanks). The second one runs 15.3 and since I have to upgrade:

  1. What about tumbleweed? Would that be a good idea? The laptop is a amd ryzen 7 with an 512gb ssd drive, currently running leap 15.3 with ext4 partitions.
  2. What’s the zypper dup command to get to tumbleweed?


1: You can. 2: What are your goals or purposes in making such a switch? Any reason you don’t want to do a fresh installation? Does your 15.3 have a separate /home filesystem?

What’s the zypper dup command to get to tumbleweed?
zypper dup, after zypper ref, after appropriately editing /etc/zypp/repos.d/*.repo URIs, and removing inapplicable repos.

  • I’m not sure about the purpose, aka wishy-washy: 15.3 should be discontinued in the next 6 month or so and I’d like to get some more recent packages.
  • The /home in the existing 15.3 is a separate ext4 partition


It is important for yourself that you know your own arguments why you have chosen Tumbleweed or Leap.
We can not do that for you. Of course you can ask questions here and value the answers taking into account that those who answer have their oown, often zealous, reason to use the one or the other. But you must first do some homework, understanding the differences between the two (mainly the keeping up-to-date policy) and how they fit better to your needs.

It very much depends on WHICH AMD Ryzen 7 …

  • Please check, very carefully, which Ryzen 7 you have and then, take a look in the following Leap 15.3 and/or Leap 15.4 directory – ‘/lib/firmware/amdgpu/
    ’.If you can find Firmware for the GPU integrated with the Ryzen 7 APU you’re using, there’s no real reason to use Tumbleweed unless, you really need the “bleeding edge” versions of your favourite applications.
    If the Firmware for the GPU integrated with the Ryzen 7 APU you’re using isn’t present with Leap distributions then, you’ll have to use Tumbleweed to properly use the hardware you’re using.

for my little experience it wasn’t a good idea, TW resulted too much instable for me, I preferred to install opensuse kripton


First question. If the SSD is large enough, why not two separate LEAP/TW partition on the same machine? My typical machines have Windows, LEAP 15.2 and TW. LEAP 15.2 is to keep my older software and Nvidia drivers to work properly and TW is for developing/testing and “main” linux use. Depending how you use it, you should also consider partitioning drives appropriately. For example my TW / has ~150GB allocated and LEAP 15.2 has ~120GB allocated, with only 40% full because TW will keep installing new stuff and I also have a separate /home with SJLPHI_TW and SJLPHI_15.2 and SJLPHI_Common and the latter stores Desktop, Music and etc. and distributes symlink to respective OSes.

Sorry for the late reply, I was away.

**$ **inxi -CGxxx 
**CPU:       Info:** 8-Core **model:** AMD Ryzen 7 4700U with Radeon Graphics **bits:** 64 **type:** MCP **arch:** Zen 2 
           **rev:** 1 **cache:****L2:** 4 MiB 
           **flags:** avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm **bogomips:** 31939 
           **Speed:** 2756 MHz **min/max:** 1400/2000 MHz **boost:** enabled **Core speeds (MHz):****1:** 2756 **2:** 3137 
           **3:** 2453 **4:** 2714 **5:** 2749 **6:** 2905 **7:** 2255 **8:** 1456 
**Graphics:  Device-1:** AMD Renoir **vendor:** Lenovo **driver:** amdgpu **v:** kernel **bus-ID:** 04:00.0 **chip-ID:** 1002:1636 
           **class-ID:** 0300 
           **Device-2:** Syntek Integrated Camera **type:** USB **driver:** uvcvideo **bus-ID:** 1-4:4 **chip-ID:** 174f:243f 
           **class-ID:** 0e02 **serial:** 200901010001 
           **Display:** x11 **server:** X.Org 1.20.3 **compositor:** kwin_x11 **driver:****loaded:** amdgpu,ati 
           **unloaded:** fbdev,modesetting,vesa **resolution:** 2560x1080~60Hz **s-dpi:** 96 
           **OpenGL:****renderer:** AMD RENOIR (DRM 3.42.0 5.14.21-150400.22-default LLVM 11.0.1) 
           **v:** 4.6 Mesa 21.2.4 **direct render:** Yes

My problem with leap 15.4 is that although it’s stable and works well (no crash so far), it uses python 3.6 which has been deprecated and now I have a couple of programs that can’t be updated because they require at least python 3.7. I’m aware that it’s possible to have multiple concurrent version of python through virtualenv. I could deal with that but not my wife when she needs to use my computer.


Then, Tumbleweed …