Hello Felix and thanks for your help. I have found linux somewhat intimidating due to the extensive command line options and functions. I am already an older guy and don't have the same patience and curiosity that I had years ago when I worked actively in the IT trade for about 15 years. I returned to the welding trade as I missed working with my hands not to mention I gained a lot of weight due to the reduced activity of the IT field by comparison. I find that my main concern is to get my old machine up and running again.
However, I have always wanted to learn Linux beyond the graphical interface so I think I will take the plunge and make the switch to the Linux box as my main workstation. I will leave it as a synch server for my two oher workstations (my wife's and mine windows boxes). I will
follow your instructions. I understand the task is to upgrade to the next version and then go to the latest one. This way it is not a radical transition and one that follows support protocol.
I am tempted to just download the 11.4 iso and run it off of the DVD but I am curious to see how the command line method works. I'll ask if I run into problems.
I suggest first backing up, then trying a zypper upgrade to 11.4 thusly:
1-log out of X and login as root on tty[1-6]
2-'init 3' (shuts down X)
3-goto /etc/zypp/repos. d/ and edit *repo, changing each instance of 11.3 to
11.4 (mc, if installed, makes this whole process easy as text mode navigator,
file viewer and editor, but whatever plain text editor you are comfortable
using is all you need)
4-'zypper clean -a; zypper ref' (implements what you did in step 3)
5-'zypper in rpm zypper openSUSE-release' (do 'q' and answer 'y' when the
license appears; gets the upgrade process initialized by upgrading package
6-'zypper dup' (finishes the upgrade)
That will download and install only the rpms necessary to convert 11.3 to
11.4, requiring less bandwidth than downloading a complete 11.4 iso. You can
do the same thing again to goto 12.1 from 11.4 (or create a repo pointing to
the 12.1 iso, so that initial upgrade to 12.1 can use what you already
downloaded), but I suggest first using 11.4 to try to do the software
installation you wanted to do with 11.3 in the first place, which should then
be automatically upgrade along with everything else if and when you upgrade
to 12.1. Upgrading to 12.1 from 11.4 by using a DVD burned from your already
downloaded iso is supported as an expected upgrade path, but a zypper dup
upgrade is simpler. It's how we upgrade and test new releases as the
milestones pass during development.
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)
Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409 ** a11y rocks!
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