Upgrading from openSuSE 12.3 to 13.1

posted Jan 21, 2014, 5:44 AM by Niels Jensen
Currently we are upgrading all our linux based hardware from openSuSE 12.3 to openSuSE 13.1. This is being done because openSuSE 13.1 has been selected for long term support by the openSuSE organisation. That means 3 years of patching in stead of just 18 months.

Our hardware are a Lenovo S-10-2, a Lenovo Edge 520, a Toshiba Satellite A200, a Lenovo R40 and an HP desktop. Currently the first three have been upgraded. For this upgrade we elected to perform it online without downloading a DVD. This was done because of the very different amount of software installed on the Edge and e.g. the R40.

We started with the Lenovo S-10-2, which also has a Windows 8 dual boot partition. At the start of the upgrade we forgot to download the latest firmware for the Broadcom wireless card. This resulted in some frustration later on having to download this piece of software from Packman and getting it transfered to the S-10-2. Even though the online upgrade takes significant amounts of time - I guess about 5 hours for the S-10-2 - you avoid the usual patching that follows installation from a DVD. For the upgrade we followed the guide from unixmen, see http://www.unixmen.com/upgrade-opensuse-12-3-opensuse-13-1/.

For the first three upgrades we used just the openSuSE repositories, but for the latter we leave both Packman and Google repositories active, but of course remove the OBS ones.