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openSUSE 11.1 Reference Guide
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5.0 YaST Online Update

openSUSE offers a continuous stream of software security updates for your product. By default openSUSE Updater is used to keep your system up-to-date. Refer to Section 3.3, Keeping the System Up-to-date, (↑ Start-Up ) for further information on openSUSE Updater. This chapter covers the alternative tool for updating software packages: YaST Online Update.

The current patches for openSUSE® are available from an update software repository. If you have registered your product during the installation, an update repository is already configured. If you have not registered openSUSE, you can do so by running Software > Online Update Configuration in YaST and start Advanced > Register for Support and Get Update Repository. Alternatively, you can manually add an update repository from a source you trust. To add or remove repositories, start the Repository Manager with Advanced > Edit Software Repositories. Learn more about the Repository Manager in Section 3.4, Adding Software Repositories.

openSUSE provides updates with different relevance levels. Security updates fix severe security hazards and should definitely be installed. Recommended updates fix issues that could compromise your computer, whereas Optional updates fix non-security relevant issues or provide enhancements.

To install updates and improvements with YaST, run Software > Online Update. All new patches (except the optional ones) that are currently available for your system are already marked for installation. Clicking Accept automatically installs these patches. After the installation has completed, confirm with Finish. Your system is now up-to-date.

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