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  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Weeks 2016/16

    Posted on April 22nd, 2016 Dominique Leuenberger No comments

    Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

    Tumbleweed seems to have found its rhythm at around 4 snapshots per week. I will cover the snapshots 0414, 0415, 0416 and 0417. After that, it took unfortunately a bit of effort to get more stagings ready. This then lead now to the fact that the next snapshot (0422) will be rather large. I will mention more about this further down.

    What were the 4 last snapshots about:

    • GNOME 3.20.1
    • Samba 4.4.2 (ensure to update using zypper dup!)
    • Many other bugfixes and updates

    The next snapshot (20160422) will be rather large and quite some packages will have new release numbers. Glibc 2.23 finally found its way through staging, which was the perfect time to change OBS to do a full rebuild of the distribution, ensuring all packages are again built against each other. Further, we disabled the support script that “removed the .desktop file translations in favor of gettext based language overlays”. Even though this was an interesting feature, it lead to quite some issues in the past with the fast pace of Tumbleweed. Sometimes upstream shipped a .desktop file with correct translations, but we stripped those ‘in favor of our own’ (which often were based on older strings). No longer doing this means eliminating all kind of such issues. But it was another reason for full package rebuilds. In an attempt to minimize how often we trigger such large updates, we scheduled this intentionally together with the glibc update.

    There are still a couple of things prepared in staging, most notably:

    • Qt 5.6 – The YaST issue / installer not having keyboard focus is still present
    • Linux Kernel 4.5.2
    • KDE Applications 16.04.0
    • GStreamer 1.8.0

    Let’s all work on all those great additions and many more

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Weeks 2016/14 & 15

    Posted on April 15th, 2016 Dominique Leuenberger 3 comments

    Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

    It seems to be difficult in the last weeks to find really interesting new features to write about. The fact that Plasma 5.6 and GNOME 3.20 are already available takes a lot of wind out of the sails. So a request to all of you: keep the things coming 🙂

    This review spans again two weeks and touches the snapshots 0401, 0404, 0405, 0406, 0407, 0408, 0411 & 0412.

    Noteworthy updates:

    • Plasma 5.6.2
    • XChat has been replaced by hexchat
    • KDE Framework 5.21.0
    • Mesa 11.2.0

    And of course, as always, many more version updates and bigger and smaller bug fixes.

    The next snapshot to be released, 0414 will contain the security fixes for SAMBA, which might be awaited by many of you. You can expect the snapshot ‘shortly’: the build process is almost completed and the snapshot will be handed over to openQA.

    Things currently being prepared in the Staging areas:

    • GLibC 2.23. NOTE: once this hits Tumbleweed you have to cope with a larger update as we will do a full build cycle including all dependencies
    • GNOME 3.20.1 – mostly minor fixes and updated translations
    • Qt 5.6.0: The YaST issue is still pending. The installer does not have the keyboard focus on startup
    • Linux Kernel 4.5.1