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Welcome to the Tumbleweed Portal edit
The Tumbleweed project provides a rolling updates version of openSUSE containing the latest stable versions of all software instead of relying on rigid periodic release cycles. The project does this for users that want the newest, but stable software.
The difference to Factory is that Factory is bleeding edge, often experimental, not yet stabilized software that needs more work to become useful. Tumbleweed contains the latest stable applications and is ready for daily use.
This idea has been discussed in mailing lists for a long time and was conceived into action by Greg Kroah-Hartman.
Frequently Asked Questions edit
How does this differ from Factory and the recently announced Factory-Tested?
Factory always contains the bleeding edge versions of our packages that the maintainers have created. Sometimes these packages don't work well together and cause the machine to fail to boot (Hence the need for Factory-Tested). Tumbleweed will contain "stable" versions of these latest packages that have been deemed to "work" properly.
A good example is the kernel package: Factory might be ahead with some 2.6.XX-rc release candidate. But Tumbleweed provides then newest kernel.org release. And our released openSUSE-11.4 sticks with kernel 2.6.37 plus additional updates.