As per more recent changes to our Update Channels docs and following our ongoing developer doc:
We now have very early testing channel rpms available for openSUSE Leap15.1 / Leap15.2 beta, and Tumbleweed. Where Tumbleweed is particularly experimental and is used by developers as a ‘heads up’ on what’s coming. Neither repositorys offerings are yet at feature parity with our CentOS offering but given they are getting closer all the time I would like to inviting linux proficient / ideally developer capable forum members to try these rpms out. Another prerequisite is a familiarity with the state of our current Stable Channel updates function on CentOS. The main focus is on the Leap15.1/15.2 variants and Leap15.2 is our intended ‘re-launch’ / Stable channel offering, which is a necessity for Rockstor’s sustainability. Tumbleweed is, for now, just a future indicator, but interesting for extreme case or very new hardware that required completely up to date kernels etc.
Please note that the above “openSUSE dev notes and status” is a controlled document (mostly) and is under continuous development. As from this paragraphs addition we have a new section on AppArmor, please refer to that wiki entry again if you are having difficulties authenticating Rockstor initiated Samba shares.
Please do not expect full function as this is simply not their, and familiarity with both of the above referenced docs is assumed as it is expected that you will be, as the testing channel is defined, contributing fixes while finding them. Or at least giving detailed and informed reports of your findings with hopefully some pointers as to the failure cause. Please do not report issues that you cannot re-produce.
Some but not all known issues are listed in the above wiki entry and in addition:
The system drive is known to be non functional with regard to Rockstor created shares (they vanish after a few seconds). So any system used to test these rpms must have at least one dedicated data drive.Fixed in [3.9.2-58 after reboot)
The Web-UI ‘System Shell’ is non functional.Fixed in 3.9.2-55
It is expected that as from 3.9.2-51 these rpms should be able to update themselves when new versions become available so the hope is that we can iterate, as before, within the testing channel, with the aim of initially reaching a CentOS feature parity, or near enough, where upon we can then establish our first openSUSE compatible Stable Channel release.
Initial requirements prior to testing rpm install.
The following points all have additional details in the above dev notes wiki reference.
Please also read that thread up until but not including “Packages for Building Rockstor from source” as we are testing the rpm install in this instance and not building from source.
- Apply all pending updates to the base openSUSE server install. (Note: ‘up’ for the Leaps and ‘dup’ for Tumbleweed; " --no-recommends" for all to keep the install small.
- Establish and enable Network Manager and stop and disable wicked.
- Disable IPv6 via grub config.
- Add OBS ‘shells’ repo appropriate to you base distro.
- Disable AppArmor.
Fresh reboot to enact the above system wide updates/changes.
Import Rockstor’s public key
Our rpms and repositories are now signed.
As the root user:
rpm --import https://raw.githubusercontent.com/rockstor/rockstor-core/master/conf/ROCKSTOR-GPG-KEY
Add the relevant rockstor testing channel repository.
Note that the repo name is important here so copy exactly.
On a Leap15.1 install:
zypper addrepo -f http://updates.rockstor.com:8999/rockstor-testing/leap/15.1/ Rockstor-Testing
On a Leap15.2 (beta currently) insatall:
zypper addrepo -f http://updates.rockstor.com:8999/rockstor-testing/leap/15.2/ Rockstor-Testing
On a Tumbleweed install:
zypper addrepo -f http://updates.rockstor.com:8999/rockstor-testing/tumbleweed/ Rockstor-Testing
Install Rockstor testing rpm
zypper in --no-recommends rockstor
Start the relevant rockstor related systemd services:
This is the ‘top’ service and in turn depends on rockstor-pre and rockstor-bootstrap so starting this one service will initiate the start of those other services.
systemctl start rockstor
Every effort is made to updated all repos in sync, but Leap ones are favoured, and we try to carry the same version of Rockstor’s code in all of them, assuming they are all able to build at the time of that code release/tag.
Again please note that these rpms are not nearly ready for production, but with skilled community feedback we can get them that way.
If you are particularly interested in this effort but are struggling with this install method, or need to ask more on how to do this, then please wait until our Alpha openSUSE based installer is released. It may not be all that long
Thanks to all those how have helped to get us this far. I’m chuffed to at least get here and special thanks to our forum moderator come major contributor @Flox who has done a tone of Rockstor on Leap15.1 / Leap15.2beta / Tumbleweed testing / developing.
Again please only try these rpms if you are very familiar with linux and current Rockstor Stable Channel updates and have familiarised yourself with the above referenced docs. There is of course every intention of making these openSUSE compatible offerings our main stay, where upon they will be fit for purpose as best we can make them. But for the time being these are early developer releases that need a lot of work. But are nevertheless, within some areas, surprisingly functional.
Hope you enjoy the testing and remember that we are still supporting our current CentOS subscribers so please be patient.