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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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Install Tumbleweed into existing VM

Last month, I created a Tumbleweed Virtual Machine (or VM), using KVM.  Yesterday’s project was to install into that existing VM.  I wanted a clean install, retaining “/home” but reformatting everything else.

Fortunately, that previous install was for UEFI booting.  I’m not sure how easy it would have been to do new install into the same BIOS based virtual machine.

Downloading

I started by downloading the DVD installer for Tumbleweed snapshot 20171007.  As usual, I downloaded the sha256 checksum file with “wget”, and I downloaded the iso itself using “aria2c”.

I then verified the gpg signature on the sha256 checksum file, using gpg.  Then I used “sha256sum -c” to verify the checksum of the download iso file.

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Installing virtualized Tumbleweed

It was time for another Tumbleweed install.

This time, I decided to use KVM and install Tumbleweed into a virtual machine.

Downloading

As is my usual practice, I went to the Tumbleweed download site.  There, I found the latest image for snapshot 20170913.  I downloaded the DVD iso image (64-bit version) using “aria2c”.  And I downloaded the sha256 checksum file using “wget”.

Next, I used “gpg” to verify the signature on the sha256 checksum file.  And then I used “sha256sum -c” to verify the checksum of the DVD iso file.

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Another install of Leap 42.3 Beta

I did another install of 42.3 on Thursday.  I guess I’m a tad slow reporting that.  This install was for Build 0283.  I installed it on my main desktop.  At the moment, I am still running 42.2 on that computer.  I installed 42.3 on a separate area of the disk.

I do plan to soon switch to running 42.3 full time.  That’s the best way of testing this beta release.  The final release is due in about one month.

Downloading and installing

I followed my usual procedure.  I used “aria2c” to  download the iso for the DVD installer.  I used “wget” to download the sha256 checksum file.  Then I verified the gpg signature on the checksum file, and verified that the checksum matched the downloaded iso.

The next step was to write the iso file to a USB flash drive.  I used “dd_rescue” for that.  Then I booted the USB, and installed 42.3

Installation itself went well.  Everything worked about as expected.  Following the install, I booted into 42.3, and did a little final tweaking.  And I also added additional software that is not on the install media but is in the repos.

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Tumbleweed install for June 2017

I’m no longer doing monthly installs of Tumbleweed.  But I do installs when there is a reason.

In this case it was another computer.  And what use is a computer without some form of linux?

My wife purchased a new laptop for use with Windows 10.  So I got the previous laptop as a hand-me-down.  I already have a laptop with Windows 7, and also dual-booting to openSUSE.  So I did not need another Windows 7 system.  So this became my linux laptop.

Around two months ago, another computer died.  That was an older desktop — the one with an nVidia graphics card.  That older desktop is now in computer heaven (otherwise known as the electronics recycling center).  With the arrival of this hand-me-down, I’m now back to my former number of computers.  But this one has Intel graphics, so I no longer have anything with nVidia graphics.

Disk preparation

I wanted to use an encrypted LVM for this install. And I find it more convenient to prepare the disk ahead of time.

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Tumbleweed install for March 2017

It has been a few months since I last tried installing Tumbleweed.  I wanted to install on my laptop, to test the latest version of NetworkManager.

Quick summary

The install went pretty well.  The most obvious problem was a black screen on the first boot of the newly installed system.  But that was not as bad as it sounds.  I’ll give more details below.  The install was for snapshot 20170314.

Downloading

As is my usual practice, I used “aria2c” to download the iso, and I used “wget” to download the sha256 checksum file.  Both were the 64-bit versions.

I downloaded both the DVD installer and the live rescue CD.

After downloading, I used

gpg --verify filename.sha256

to verify the gpg signature on the checksum file (where “filename” depends on whether this was for the live CD or the DVD installer.

I then used

sha256sum -c filename.sha256

to verify the checksum of the downloaded iso file.

After download, I wrote both isos to USB devices.  My typical command for this is

dd_rescue filename.iso /dev/sdd

where “/dev/sdd” is the device where the USB shows up.  I used a 4G USB device for the live rescue CD, and an 8G USB for the DVD installer.

I then booted the live rescue CD on two systems.  It booted up without any difficulty.  On the first boot, a hybrid partition was created, where any changes made can be saved to disk. Read More…