With the release of openSUSE 11.4 Project Tumbleweed has now come true. Very nice idea, lets hope it works! If you don’t know what Tumbleweed is, it is a rolling release of openSUSE in a more stable manner than running something like Factory, which is considered more along the lines of unstable like a Debian Etch or Fedora Rawhide. Read the link bellow for more info.
If you would like to convert your standard openSUSE 11.4 to running Tumbleweed it is this simple.
Open up a terminal and either become root or sudo the commands bellow:
Add Tumbleweed to your YaST or zypper installation repositories and enable autorefresh:
zypper ar --refresh http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:/Tumbleweed/standard/ Tumbleweed
Do a distro update from Tumbleweed as needed. The first time you will need to accept the GPG key:
zypper dup --from Tumbleweed
You can also add the Pacman repository with Tumbleweed as well, which is nice since most openSUSE users will have this repository enabled for more non-free type software.
zypper ar --refresh http://ftp.uni-erlangen.de/pub/mirrors/packman/suse/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/ "Packman Tumbleweed"
Upgrade Packman packages as well:
zypper dup --from "Packman Tumbleweed"
Results may very and if your system blows up, don’t blame me..
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As always: “Have a lot of fun…“