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  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Weeks 2016/21

    Posted on May 27th, 2016 Dominique Leuenberger No comments

    Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

    During the last couple days, the community was strong in producing and submitting fixes to make it possible for GCC 6 to become the default compiler for our distribution. But it’s not entirely there yet.

    Things that DID happen though in the last week, things that made it into the snapshots 0520, 0524 & 0525) are:

    • Late additions of GNOME 3.20.2
    • FreeRDP was updated to a 2.0.0 pre-release snapshot (the 1.0.x tree is no longer maintained and a bunch of other packages would need new features – just upstream is reluctant to ever call it ‘release’ again it seems)
    • Mozilla Thunderbird 45.1

    In snapshot 0524, the package libpci3 (updated from 3.4 to 3.5) accidentally broke ABI, which in turn stopped chromium from starting. This was observed by openQA – but chromium is not tagged as a ‘critical’ ship stopper for a new snapshot (there are always multiple browsers available after all). For snapshot 0525, chromium was rebuilt to ensure it links against the new ABI and libpci is also receiving an update to 3.5.1 in snapshot 0526, which re-introduces the accidentally broken symbol – thus fixing any other package that might have linked to it.

    Things brewing in staging did not really change during this week

    • GCC 6 – the up-to-date status is in the wiki
    • Perl 5.24.0 – Looking reasonable, one kiwi fix is missing (boo#981080)
    • KDE Applications 16.04.1 – the legal queue is just too long 🙁
    • Linux Kernel 4.6 – a fix in ‘installation images’ is pending; should be ready next week

    Have a great weekend ahead

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Weeks 2016/20

    Posted on May 21st, 2016 Dominique Leuenberger 1 comment

    Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

    This week we finally could add the long awaited Qt 5.6 to Tumbleweed. It was blocked for a long time as it exposed a bug in, what showed, icewm (the window manager used during installation). This bug though is so deeply nested in the architecture of icewm, that in the end, it was decided to workaround the bug with a ‘fix’ in YaST directly.

    During this week, there were 4 snapshots published (0514, 0516, 0517 & 0519).

    The most notable changes were:

    • Qt 5.6 – as mentioned in the intro
    • KDE Framework 5.22.0
    • Plasma 5.6.4
    • GNOME 3.20.2 – packages were spread over a longer period to get you fixes as early as possible

    The season of ‘larger’ changes has started – and we now have in Staging:

    • GCC6 as default compiler for our distribution
    • Perl 5.24.0 – It would not be perl if nothing would break
    • KDE Applications 16.04.1 – Shaping up, mostly legal reviews pending
    • Linux kernel 4.6

    Have a great time and use every moment to have a lot of fun