Saturday morning is a great day for updating your system. You don’t have corporate systems dominating the servers, and new releases (and the subsequent server hammering) rarely come out on the weekends. It could just be an illusion, but I’ve just always found it just a tad speedier. This weekend, there is a bunch of new things to play with:
- openSUSE 11 Alpha 2 has been out for a little while, but there’s a twist on it this week. You can now get Live CDs (FTP link).
- Firefox 3 Beta 3 is also on the Mozilla servers (and openSUSE Build Service).
- Drupal 6.0 came out last week.
- KDE 4.0.1 continues to make progress toward a truly usable and very fancy desktop.
One tip on updating in openSUSE 10.3: Online Update really only gets you bug fixes for your installed applications. If you’re interested in keeping up with the latest and greatest versions of your software, go to YaST Software Management. When the Search screen opens, go to the Package menu. Go to All Packages. You’ll see a pair of Update choices: “if newer version available” or “unconditionally.” Usually you’ll want to just get the newer version. YaST will then tell you how many packages will be updated, which can number in the hundreds, but don’t panic. You’ll get to review the list of updates, and deselect any packages you don’t want to update now. Click Accept, and the normal download/install process begins.