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Preparing for Leap 15.0

OpenSUSE Leap 15.0 is expected to be released on Friday May 25th.  That’s just a few days away.  I have already posted two guides to different aspects of installing:

So here’s one more post before the release.  I will fill in some of the gaps left by the other guides.

Some quick notes

First some notes.  If you have already been testing pre-release versions of openSUSE 15.0, then now would be a good time to run

zypper dup

from a root command line.  This should bring your system to the final release version.  After that, you should update the usual way with “zypper up” or with the desktop update applet, or with Yast online update.

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Leap 15.0 — the partitioner

It is expected that Leap 15.0 will be released by the end of this month (May 2018).  At present, I have Build 241.1 installed for testing.  It is considered to be a release candidate.

The biggest installer change from earlier openSUSE releases is with the partitioner.  So that’s what I’ll be discussing in this post.

I’ll note that the new partitioner is also being used if you install Tumbleweed.  And, after installing Leap 15.0, you will also be able to access the partitioner via Yast, for making changes to your disks.

And one additional note about the installer.  Before now, I have been reporting a problem with installing into an existing encrypted LVM.  The problem was that the installer failed to create “/etc/crypttab”.  That has now been corrected.  So installing into an existing encrypted LVM should be relatively straightforward.

Starting the install

My previous post was on booting the installer.  And there, I showed the possible boot screens for legacy booting or UEFI booting.  Now let’s look at what we will see after booting the installer.

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Leap 15.0 — booting the installer

OpenSUSE Leap 15 is getting closer to release.  The last two builds have been release candidates.  Or, at least, the last two builds no longer say “Beta”, so I take them to be release candidates.

This post will be about booting the installer.  And perhaps that’s no big deal.  However, some folk are unsure on whether they have booted the installer in UEFI mode or in Legacy boot mode.  So I am including some screen shots to help explain the difference between the boot screens.  These screen shots are from when booting the install media (Build224.1) in a KVM virtual machine.  Using a virtual machine is what makes it possible to take a screen shot while booting.

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The status of Leap 15.0

I’ve been testing Leap 15.0 for some time.  I have not always posted about that.  As long as it is working, a post would not be very interesting.  However, it is time to sum up the current status.

We now have a release date for the finalized Leap 15.0.  The plan is to release on May 25, at 12:00 UTC.  See the announcement for more details:

I’m expecting further test releases before that date.  They will mostly be release candidates.  My own plans are to update my current installs for each release candidate.  I probably won’t do another full install on a real machine, but I will install some of the release candidates on a KVM virtual machine.

My current usage

At present I am still using Leap 42.3 on my main desktop.  Sometime within the next week or so, I plan to switch to full time use of Leap 15.0, and mostly retire 42.3.

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A Tumbleweed install, and notes on Leap 15.0

Since my last post on Leap 15.0, Build 139.1 was released.  It was time for a new install, so I downloaded the iso.  And then I installed to a virtual machine.

I ran into some interesting bugs.

It told me that my EFI partition (at 33M) was too small.  Well, I agree that’s small.   But it is what an earlier build of 15.0 had created.  It looks as if they have adjusted to a more reasonable size.

I told the installer to go ahead, in spite of the small EFI partition size.  And I then ran into an additional bug.  The installer said that some devices (the ones to which I was installing) did not exist.  See bug 1082143 for details.

The installer allowed me to continue in spite of those errors.  And the install was successful.  So the errors were bogus.

A Tumbleweed install

Back to Tumbleweed.  Actually, that Leap 15.0 is part of the background.  I decided to try installing Tumbleweed into the same virtual machine where I had just installed Leap 15.0.  However, this time I would allow it to delete everything on disk and make a fresh start.

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OpenSUSE Leap 15.0 Build 84.1

I notice, on Thursday Jan 4th, that Build 84.1 was available at the download site.  So I download, and did some testing.

Downloading

As is my usual practice, I used “aria2c” to download the iso, and I used “wget” to download the checksum file.  I then verified the “gpg” signature on the checksum file, after which I used the checksum to verify the downloaded iso file.

Updating

My first test was to update an existing 15.0 system.  For that, I wrote the iso to a USB flash drive.  I then configured that flash drive as a repo.  And, following that, I used “zypper dup” to bring the existing 15.0 system up to date.  When I do this, I can see that most of the updated software comes from the local USB that I configured as a repo.  Some updated software comes from the online repos.  The “zypper” command seems to recognize that the repo on the local USB is to be preferred to the online repo, when the software is available in both places.

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Tumbleweed install for Jan. 2018

There have been several Tumbleweed snapshots over the last few days.  But today we saw the first with a 2018 snapshot date.  So I decided to do a test install.

Downloading

As usual, I used “aria2c” to download the iso (“openSUSE-Tumbleweed-DVD-x86_64-Snapshot20180101-Media.iso”).  I also downloaded the sha256 checksum file.  I then verified the gpg signature on the checksum file.  Then I verified the checksum on the iso, to make sure that I had a good download.

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Upgrading to openSUSE Leap 15.0 Alpha

A quick reminder that Leap 15.0 is still at the alpha pre-release stage.

Today, I decided to experiment with upgrading.  I have openSUSE Leap 42.3 installed in a virtual machine under KVM.  So I cloned that virtual machine, using the “virt-clone” command (as root).  I then proceeded to upgrade it to Leap 15.0.

This is intended to be a throw-away.  I’ll delete that upgraded virtual machine after a few days of testing.  I may repeat the entire procedure when 15.0 is closer to final release.

Upgrading

I first booted the clone VM, to make sure that it could boot into Leap 42.3.

Next, I shutdown that VM.  Then on the “hardware details” screen of the viewer, I configured the virtual DVD device to use the DVD installer iso for Leap 15.0.  I also checked the box to enable the boot menu (under “boot options”).

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OpenSUSE Leap 15.0 Build 79.1

The next Leap version, 15.0, is still showing as an alpha release.  Still, I was happy to see the install iso for Build 79.1 show up at the download site last Wednesday.  At around the same time, there was an update message on the factory mailing list, reporting the current status of Leap 15.0.

According to that update message, the current aim is for a final release in May of 2018.  That seems more realistic than the earlier (Feb/March) suggestion.

Downloading

When I noticed that the iso was available, I of course downloaded it.  I followed my usual practice for this:

wget http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/leap/15.0/iso/openSUSE-Leap-15.0-DVD-x86_64-Build79.1-Media.iso.sha256
aria2c -V -R http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/leap/15.0/iso/openSUSE-Leap-15.0-DVD-x86_64-Build79.1-Media.iso
gpg --verify openSUSE-Leap-15.0-DVD-x86_64-Build79.1-Media.iso.sha256
sha256sum -c openSUSE-Leap-15.0-DVD-x86_64-Build79.1-Media.iso.sha256

In turn, those commands download the sha256 checksum and the iso itself.  Then they verify the gpg signature on the checksum file, and the checksum of the downloaded iso file.

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Another install of openSUSE 15.0

I checked the download site for openSUSE 15.0.  And I noticed that there was a newer version available.  This one is Build 65.1.  My previous look at 15.0 had been for Build 48.1.

As you might expect, I downloaded the iso for the DVD installer.  I also downloaded the sha256 checksum file.  I then verified the gpg signature on the checksum file, and used the checksum file to verify the download of the iso.

The next step was to “burn” the iso to a USB device.  I used a 4G USB flash drive for that purpose.

Updating

After downloading, I first decided to update the openSUSE 15.0 from my previous install to a KVM virtual machine.  I configured the installer USB as a local repo.  And I then brought the system up to date with

zypper dup

After updating, and rebooting, the system seemed to run well.  Or, so I thought.  But after booting again today, I noticed that it had no network.  It seems that the update changed the network setup.  The ethernet interface is now “eth0”.  It was previously “ens3”.  So I had to reconfigure for the new interface name before I could make an ethernet connection.  I used Yast network settings to reconfigure.

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