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  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2015/48

    Posted on November 27th, 2015 Dominique Leuenberger No comments

    Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

    Week 48 brought three snapshots – the content of 20151118 has been well advertised in last weeks review already (as a small preview, as it was so close to completion).

    I will repeat it’s items this time around, as they were factually only released after the last weeks report.

    So, this week we received:

    • Switch of the default fonts to Roboto for Sans and Serif families and Source Code Pro for Monospace
    • Ghostscript 9.18
    • X.Org 1.18 – at this point again a warning: AMDs fglrx driver is not supporting this yet
    • Mesa 11.0.5 – with a bunch of crash fixes
    • AppStream-glib was updated to 0.5.2 – this is a minor update with significant impact on the AppStream meta data generation: newly, only packages with an appdata.xml file are considered. Attempted auto-conversion from .desktop files no longer happens (it resulted in badly represented applications). This means we now have much less ‘applications’ as we used to have (see ). If you want to application to show up in GNOME Software (and future Software Centers based on AppStream): act now and add an appdata.xml file to your package
    • Wireshark 2.0 – newly with a Qt interface
    • KDE Framework 5.16.0
    • Plasma 5.4.3
    • GStreamer 1.6.1

    Pretty impressive list, considering that this week too was only 7 days long.

    In staging, besides regular smaller updates here and there (incl. another Mesa update), the most notable thing at the moment is the change in the kernel packages, as was announced here. XEN will still be supported but no longer will require a special kernel package.

    Wish you a great weekend – and always remember to have a lot of fun.

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2015/47

    Posted on November 20th, 2015 Dominique Leuenberger No comments

    Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

    It’s been another week in which the weed has been steadily tumbling. A solid three snapshots have been published this week (with a 4th one being tested right now in openQA)

    The snapshots brought you those goodies:

    • GNOME 3.18.2
    • KDE Applications 15.08.3
    • Many other smaller fixes (sddm 0.13, python-coverage update)

    The snapshot currently running through openQA (20151118) will bring some bigger additions:

    • the new default system fonts (that’s why it takes a bit longer: all needles in staging had of course been updated, but the full Tumbleweed QA has > 70 tests compared to the ~10 running in Stagings, so a bunch more needles missing). With the current progress, though, we should be able to expect QA to pass later today or on the weekend.
    • Ghostscript 9.18: it did cause a few build failures in stagings already (renamed error variables); so if you’re building anything against it, you might be hit by this too.
    • X.Org 1.18: if you’re running binary blob drivers, you might want to block off this update. The vendors might take some time to get their drivers in shape.
    • Mesa 11.0.5: addressing a bunch of stability issue with nouveau and i965 drivers

    The staging projects are currently all busy – Some of them need your help to resolve the pending issues. The main updates causing issues are:

    • Boost 1.59: I think everybody expects issues with a new boost version by now. This time around, all but one have been fixed: cmis-client still fails on ppc64le.
    • GStreamer 1.6: most of the packages seem ready for this. The critical component missing is Phonon

    Besides all those updates, we’re struggling a lot with building java-related packages since the update of Kernel to version 4.3.0 – it seems this kernel, running as guest in KVM, triggers some bugs that are only seen when building / running java related things (see also boo#954218)

    With all this, I wish you a great weekend – and always remember: Have a lot of fun