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Re: [opensuse-project] openSuse upgrade "not supported"-What does that mean?
  • From: David Bolt <bcrafhfr-cebwrpg@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2008 14:11:49 +0000
  • Message-id: <PTJh$2nlucpHFwuu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sat, 2 Feb 2008, Henry Lafleur wrote:-

Hello all,

What exactly does this mean, "not supported?" (reference )

Not supported, as in you won't get support from Novell if things break.
That doesn't mean that it's not possible to do.

5.0->5.2->6.0->6.2->7.2 (I reinstalled 9.0 because I had the Ximian
Gnome disk on top of 7.2 and that did some weird stuff.)

This sort of upgrade would be unsupported with openSUSE although, using
the present and previous versions as an example, if you had 10.2
installed, upgrading to 10.3 is "supported". Going from 10.1 to 10.3,
most likely will work, but will probably require some effort. If you go
from 10.0 to 10.3, it will require even more effort[0], and starting 9.3
or earlier, would require a lot of effort[1].

So besides the possibility of minor inconveniences such as what I saw
with Red Hat, what exactly is so terrible about upgrading Suse to make
it not recommended and not supported?

Some people don't recommend it because they've have bad problems with
it. Others, because it leaves behind a variety of no longer used files,
clogging up places like /etc .

If I do a full system backup
prior, can't I just do a tar to restore my system back (as I did
before when my HD crashed)?

You could use the SUSE backup tool in YaST. As to what it backs up, I
don't know. I've not had a really bad experience with an upgrade where
I've needed to restore from backup.

Are lawyers making you say this or

I wouldn't think so. The page you refer to on is hosted
on the openSUSE wiki, and virtually anyone could have created or edited

BTW, this would probably been better on the main openSUSE mailing list
rather than here. You'd get many more points of view there, and probably
several detailed experiences as well.

[0] Yes, I've done that upgrade, twice in fact. I even blogged about it


[1] And that was really a lot of "fun" to do:


David Bolt

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