I'm a relatively new OpenSuse user, coming from several years with Ubuntu. In Ubuntu, the update manager would pop up every now and then and let me know when I had stuff to install. If I manually wanted to check for updates I'd
sudo apt-get update. In OpenSuse, I don't get a GUI updater, so whenever I remember, I do
sudo zypper update and I never get much. However, today I get this:
Loading repository data... Reading installed packages... The following package updates will NOT be installed: amarok choqok curl digikam digikam-lang DirectFB DirectFB-Mesa ecj ecj-bootstrap gstreamer-0_10 gstreamer-0_10-fluendo-mp3 jpackage-utils k3b kipi-plugins kipi-plugins-acquireimage ksshaskpass ktorrent ladspa lame libcurl4 libcurl4-32bit libdca0 libdvbpsi6 libfaac0 libfaad2 libgstreamer-0_10-0 libgstreamer-0_10-0-32bit libktorrent3 liblash1 libmad0 libmp3lame0 libmpeg2-0 libopencore-amrnb0 libopencore-amrwb0 libopencv2_2 libproxy1 libqjson0 libSDL-1_2-0 libSDL_image-1_2-0 libshout3 libtag-extras1 libtheora0 libtwolame0 libvlc5 libvlccore4 libxine1 libxine1-gnome-vfs libxine1-pulse libxvidcore4 oxygen-gtk python-numpy shared-desktop-ontologies skanlite virtualbox-guest-kmp-desktop virtualbox-guest-tools virtualbox-guest-x11 vlc vlc-aout-pulse vlc-gnome vlc-noX vlc-qt xalan-j2 xerces-j2 xerces-j2-xml-apis Nothing to do.
So do these packages need updating or no? Why would zypper even tell me about them if they didn't need my attention? I ask because I've tried building stuff from source and I get errors on gcc and stuff like that (when I know I have them installed -- this might be a whole other problem entirely).
Also, is there a way to make updates semi-automatic like in Ubuntu?
EDIT: I've looked in the software manager (through YAST) and I can't see any package updates.