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Portal:Tumbleweed

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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 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 and reliable 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 Leap 42.2 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 reliable 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!


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Who should use openSUSE Leap instead of Tumbleweed?

While every effort is made to build them, at this point there is no guarantee to have all additional modules available in openSUSE Leap like for example, 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?

To get started with Tumbleweed follow the Tumbleweed Installation Instructions

Follow the opensuse-factory mailing list to get notified about updates. New snapshots are released as often as they are ready and automatic QA has passed. This can be as often as daily but sometimes also takes a few weeks, when bigger changes are integrated. (Note that there can be some subtleties with updates, especially with multiple repositories. See for example recent discussion about using zypper dup versus zypper up)

Once you are running Tumbleweed to get updates every time a new snapshot has been released enter the following command as root (ideally inside a screen session):

zypper dup --no-allow-vendor-change


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Special Concerns

  • Third Party Drivers

Due to the fast pace of kernel upgrade on Tumbleweed, 3rd party kernel driver modules may not be fast enough to catch up with the latest kernel version. In the unlikely case that your kernel driver module does not work on Tumbleweed, please consider using openSUSE Leap instead.

Please remember to also re-compile and re-install these third party drivers with every kernel upgrade on Tumbleweed; this includes the proprietary graphics drivers.

NVIDIA proprietary driver generally works very well with Tumbleweed.


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How can I contribute?

  • You can test the Tumbleweed distribution and give feedback, share experience and participate in the development discussions. To do so, send your mail to the list address, opensuse-factory@opensuse.org.
    You may also choose to receive messages from the list by explicitly subscribing to it. To do so, send a blank mail to opensuse-factory+subscribe@opensuse.org. Be sure to reply to the subscription confirmation you will get back a few moments later — this is a mechanism to avoid other people subscribing you involuntarily.
  • If you encounter trouble with your Tumbleweed instance you can report issues to openSUSE bugzilla
  • If you are a packager, you can submit new packages to the openSUSE:Factory project.

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