Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

In the last two weeks, a total of 6 snapshots had been released to the wild (0428, 0429, 0430, 0502, 0503, 0505): all those snapshots were mainly in Week 18 – while we were having some struggles this week due to the way the pattern packages are now laid out. The change was slightly more complex than anticipated and small issues crept in here and there. But the change is well worth the effort, as patterns are now smaller chunks with their own respective maintainer groups assigned. For example, the KDE Team has more, and especially more direct, control over their pattern. The same holds, of course, true for all other desktop related patterns: those now live in the respective desktop environment’s devel projects.

Most of the big issues should be ironed out now and you should also shortly see snapshot 0510 on your the mirrors. I will thus include the changes of this snapshot in the review as well.

The last two weeks brought these interesting bits to Tumbleweed:

  • Mozilla Thunderbird & Mozilla Firefox 52.1.0
  • KDE Frameworks 5.33.0
  • GNOME 3.24.1
  • Linux Kernel 4.10.13
  • KDE Plasma 5.9.5
  • KDE Applications 17.04.0 (in snapshot 0510)
  • Pattern split: patterns-openSUSE will be removed in favor of new names!
  • grub 2.02
  • Many more python packages ported to singlespec

It’s always impressive to go through the various release messages a week later and be stunned how much this community manages to achieve in such a short time! Thanks go out to all contributors for making openSUSE Tumbleweed the awesome distro it is!

And as you are so many, of course you keep the staging areas busy, currently mostly with those ‘major’ changes (work in progress features for the upcoming snapshots):

  • GNOME 3.24.2
  • GCC7 as default compiler! Help is needed to make this happen!
  • icu 5.9
  • Linux Kernel 4.11.0