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GNOME 2.29/2.30 in openSUSE 11.2

Please note that this is only for experimented users who want to help testing GNOME 2.29/2.30 for now. Once GNOME 2.30.0 or 2.30.1 will be out, the repositories to use will change to GNOME:STABLE:2.30.

openSUSE 11.3 will be released with GNOME 2.30. But you're still running openSUSE 11.2, and you do not feel ready yet just to update the entire system? But yet, you do not want to miss out on the new features GNOME 2.29/2.30 offers you? The GNOME Team is pleased to announce that GNOME 2.29/2.30 is being packaged for openSUSE 11.2 installations.

How to update openSUSE 11.2 to GNOME 2.29/2.30

In case you have already updated your previous installation to the latest version of GNOME 2.28, be sure to disable the GNOME 2.28 repositories.

Very Brief Outline

  • add the two repositories GNOME:Factory and GNOME:Backports:2.30
  • make sure they have a high enough priority
  • upgrade


You first need to add two repositories to your configuration:

  • GNOME:Factory, which contains the latest GNOME
  • GNOME:Backports:2.30, which contains some packages not maintained by the GNOME Team, but that required some change

You can do this with those commands as root:

zypper ar -r
zypper ar -r

Then, you need to check that those repositories have a higher priority than other repositories that you have on your system. Values for priority are between 0 and 100, and a lower value means higher priority; the default value is 99. Launch the YaST Software Repositories tool and make sure it is the case. On a default openSUSE 11.2 installation, the Updates repository will likely have a priority of 20, so you can change the priorities of GNOME:Factory and GNOME:Backports:2.30 to 19.

Priorities can also be changed from the command line using zypper

zypper mr -p 19 GNOME_Backports_2.30
zypper mr -p 19 GNOME_Factory

note we are doing our best to track the security updates and include them in GNOME:Factory and GNOME:Backports:2.30, so this should have no bad effect on the security of your system.

Finally, you can use YaST or zypper to upgrade to the latest version:

zypper refresh
zypper dist-upgrade

Of course, you'll need to log out to enjoy your fresh GNOME 2.29/2.30 :-)



How to help?

This section is still incomplete

Any major bug that makes it difficult to use GNOME 2.29/2.30 on openSUSE 11.2 should be filed on bugzilla.

You can of course help update the package in GNOME:Factory.