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Warning Tumbleweed changed on November 4th with the release of openSUSE 13.2. Existing users of Tumbleweed should read THIS GUIDE

Welcome to the Tumbleweed Portal edit

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The Tumbleweed distribution is a pure rolling release 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.

Tumbleweed is based on Factory, openSUSE's main development codebase. Tumbleweed is updated once Factory's bleeding edge software has been integrated, stabilized and tested. 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, originally as an 'add-on' set of rolling updates which could be layered on top of a regular openSUSE release. On November 4th 2014 the Tumbleweed rolling release and Factory rolling release merged, leaving the single openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling release we have today

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Who should try Tumbleweed?

Any user who wishes to have newer packages than are available in the openSUSE 13.2 repositories. This includes, but is not limited to, an updated Linux kernel, SAMBA, git, desktops, office applications and many other packages.

Also, Tumbleweed should appeal most to Power Users, Software Developers (who require the latest software stacks and IDEs) and openSUSE Contributors (who need a stable platform that is as close to openSUSE Factory as possible while remaining usable.

Due to the Linux kernel being updated very frequently, users who rely on proprietary graphic drivers should not use the Tumbleweed distribution unless they are familiar with updating these drivers from source on their own. See articles NVIDIA and ATI, section "The hard way", for how to do this if you are interested. Note that the additional Packman repositories are available for Tumbleweed!

Warning Users who used Tumbleweed or Factory before Nov 4th 2014 will need to follow the instructions on the Tumbleweed Factory Merger page to continue to get their Tumbleweed updates.


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When you should keep staying at stable release

At this point there is no guarantee to have all additional modules available in the stable release like for Vmware or Virtualbox. And while the Packman Tumbleweed Essential repository attempts to deliver them there is no guarantee they will always succeed due to the incompatibilities with the quickly advancing Linux Kernel. The problems with proprietary Graphics drivers are similar and there is no guarantee they will work tomorrow, even if they do today. If you don't know how to compile your own additional kernel modules and you don't wish to learn or keep a very close eye on what is being updated, please don't use Tumbleweed.


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How to try Tumbleweed?

Tumbleweed Installation Instructions


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Special Concerns

  • Third Party Drivers

If you have 3rd party kernel modules it is STRONGLY suggested that you not use Tumbleweed. Seriously, it's not worth the pain and extra work, unless you _really_ want to do it.

And if you do do it, then again, you are on your own, sorry.


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How can I contribute?

  • You can test the Tumbleweed distribution and give feedback, share experience and report issues to the openSUSE Factory mailing list. If direct access to the list fails, please subscribe using this link. Don't forget to answer on confirmation email that list server will send few minutes after you initial email. This way we prevent that someone else subscribe you to the list.
  • If you are a packager, you can submit new packages to the openSUSE:Factory project.

Releases edit

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