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  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Week 2017/02

    Posted on January 14th, 2017 Dominique Leuenberger 5 comments

    Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

    I hope you all ended up well fed and healthy in the new year. For the last few weeks we have seen quite a slow pace for Tumbleweed, just as pre-announced in my last review of the year 2016. We can surely expect an increased pace again as people from all around the world resume their regular life rhythms. For completeness sake I will cover in this weeks’ review not only this week, but also the few snapshots since my last review. That means, we cover 8 snapshots: from 2016: 1216, 1217, 1219, 1222 and 1226 and from 2017: 0104, 0109 and 0110. Sadly, 0111 and 0112 ran into some issues on openQA – but the issues are to most parts in the testing framework, not the product (from what we know). But not being able to fully confirm it, I did not feel comfortable releasing them into the wild onto you. After all, I know some of you are still having issues with the kernel 4.9 series (but good new on that part is on the horizon). 0112 might still cut it, if we solve the openQA issues in time.

    So, let’s see what those snapshots brought you:

    • Some preparations for system 232 to be able to land
    • Pidgin found new maintainers finally – so we have people actually caring for it again
    • KDE Applications 16.12.0
    • KDE Frameworks 5.29.0
    • Qt 5.7.1
    • Plasma 5.8.5
    • Linux Kernel 4.9.0

    As mentioned earlier, Linux Kernel 4.9.0 caused reboot failures for a couple of users. Theses issues have since been analyzed and, for people following the bug report, a test kernel made available for those users. The feedback so far looks very promising and we can surely expect a final fix for this rather soon.

    There is also quite some things piled up already, full prepared or almost ready to be shipped:

    • X.org server 1.19.0 – will be in snapshot 0112+
    • Systemd 232 – all problems seem resolved, you can expect it shortly
    • Linux Kernel 4.9.3
    • Flatpak 0.8 – Upstream says this is the version Software Vendors should target
    • gstreamer 0.10 is scheduled for removal from Tumbleweed

    With so many nice updates prepared, Tumbleweed promises to keep on rolling into a bright Year 2017.

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Week 2016/50

    Posted on December 16th, 2016 Dominique Leuenberger 3 comments

    Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

    Even though the year is not yet completely over, this will be the last review for this year: starting from today on, I will be on annual leave until January 9th 2017, when I will resume all activities. Tumbleweed of course will not stop rolling at this time: it is YOU that makes it rolling after all. Nevertheless, you should not be surprised if the pace goes a bit down as many people will be busy with other things during this period.

    So, back to the review of Tumbleweed – let’s see what we got in the last week. Namely there were 7 snapshots again and I will cover {1209..1215}.

    Noteworthy updates in those snapshots:

    • GStreamer 1.10.2
    • shim: the ms-signed uefi loader is now binary-shared with Leap
    • Linux kernel 4.8.13
    • Wine is closing in to 2.0 with rc1 released
    • pitivi 0.9.8 fixes a lot of bugs

    Many of the things we had on the incoming list last week are still there:

    • systemd 232: x.org needed some packaging adjustments, but there is already an update hanging which causes issues in openQA. systemd will thus have to stay in line
    • X.org 1.19: as mentioned, this causes issues in openQA, where the screen apparently freezes (keyboard input / command execution seems to be handled though
    • KDE Applications 16.12.0: We had big hopes to get this into the 1216 snapshot, but some minor packaging issues with regards to ppc64le made this slip. But it can’t be that long anymore until we can ship it
    • Linux kernel 4.8.14
    • KDE Frameworks 5.29.0 will be shipped in the same snapshot as the KDE Applications update
    • Qt 5.7.1

    With this, I want to wish those that celebrate christmas a happy festive season. Everybody else, simply have a great time ahead.