Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Upgrade your older appliances to openSUSE 11.4

Since rolling out openSUSE 11.4 support last week we have been flooded by questions how to upgrade older openSUSE appliances to 11.4. Today we have an answer — we enabled the 11.4 upgrade.

Just open your old 11.3 (or even 11.1 or 11.2) appliance, go to the Start tab and click on the “Upgrade” button in the bar at the top.

After that, we'll perform the magic — upgrading your appliance to 11.4!

What exactly “magic” means here? We try to change repositories to their 11.4 equivalents and sometimes add or remove few packages to ensure everything works smoothly. You can see what exactly was done in the log accessible from the bar at the bottom of the Start tab.

Sometimes the upgraded appliance will need some more tweaks to make it work. Just inspect the log, see what was changed, and apply any additional adjustments. Let us know what you had to do on our forum or mailing list so we can improve the upgrade in the future.

If you are not satisifed with the upgrade, you can always revert to original version by clicking the “Undo upgrade” link.


  1. I love the initiative but I am concerned about the disappearance of packages such as iso-master, webhttrack, DivFix++ from the repositories of both builds 11.3 & 11.4. I could not find them in any of the repositories.

    How long will susestudio continue to support older 11.3 builds? Our fibre optic link is currently down and I am worried I may not download my 11.3 build in time.

    How long will suse studio offer the upgrade option? I ask this because a lot of packages are missing from the repositories of 11.4, for example; Eclipse ide, Java-sun, Opera, chromium, unrar, just to mention a few. By the way I have checked most of these packages in the additional repos and they are not available.
    I would love to use this option when this packages and more become available for openSUSE 11.4.

    I love suse studio and I thank the guys behind the idea and those who continue to improve it.


  2. We officially support building and upgrading to the latest openSUSE release + one back. That means that 11.3 and 11.4 are supported now. 11.3 will be supported for next eight months until 11.5 (or 12.0?) comes out.

    The end of official support generally does not mean that appliances will stop working or disappear. It's just that any problems with them will be solved with lower priority by the developers — the focus will be on newer versions.

    For the issues with packages, it's probably best to ask on openSUSE channels directly. See the support portal for a starting point.

  3. Thank you David for the quick responce. I noticed that suse studio does not have resume support for downloading finished builds. I just spent four and a half hours only for me to restart the download after it had reached 86%.

    Will resume be included in the futere please?

  4. I am sorry for your trouble. We'll consider adding support for resumable downloads.

  5. If you use a download manager like DownThemAll, you should be able to speed up your downloads and resume.


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