Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

Somewhere, I read, 2021 will be the year of the Linux desktop. Do you agree? Let’s make it the year of Tumbleweed on the desktop. In any case, Tumbleweed has been steadily rolling with 5 snapshots published during this week (0107, 0108, 0110, 0111, and 0113).

The major changes included:

  • Plasma 5.20.5
  • KDE Frameworks 5.78.0
  • KDE Applications 20.12.1
  • IceWM 2.0.0
  • Xfce 4.16.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 84.0.2
  • Linux kernel 5.10.5
  • RPM 4.16.0
  • brp-check-suse: a bug fix in how it detected dangling symlinks; some packages might no fail to build, but they had dangling symlinks before which we just did not detect.
  • permissions package: preparation for a full /usr merge

So, quite a list that accumulated, in just a week. The stagings are getting lighter, but are far from done. Currently, these are the major changes being prepared:

  • Multiple versions of python 3 parallel installable. Adding to python 3.8, version 3.6 will be reintroduced. Python modules will be built for both versions – Should become part of Snapshot 0115
  • Tcl/tk 8.6.11
  • icu 68.1: breaks a few things like PostgreSQL. Staging:I
  • Bash 5.1
  • Rust 1.49: breaks librsvg
  • Autoconf 2.70: breaks quite a few packages. The list of failures has been noted on the current SR; no active staging left for it (no progress in the last days/weeks on it)
  • openssl 3: no progress, Staging:O still showing a lot of errors.