Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

Again I have to span two weeks worth of Tumbleweed snapshots. But I’m somewhat happy about that, as otherwise, I’d only have negative things to report this week. Again, we’re having issues with openQA. Since we published snapshot 0813 to QA, we could not get any reliable test results – and if I can’t get any results I can trust, I prefer not to send out ‘possibly working’ snapshots to you, the users of Tumbleweed. The QA team is busy getting this back under control, but so far we could not get an estimate as to when we can expect our openQA instance to be fully functional again. In order to keep a solid base for debugging, I also decided to stop checking in to Factory and pushing new snapshots to QA: this would only be another moving target, making it even more difficult on the team debugging it.

But, as I said, I’m spanning two weeks again, so there are at least some snapshots I can report on that have been published. Namely the 6 snapshots 0803, 0804, 0806, 0807, 0808 and 0812.

The noteworthy changes delivered in those snapshots are:

  • KDE Plasma 5.13.4
  • Linux kernel 4.17.12 & 4.17.13
  • Tracker 2.1.0
  • PHP 7.2.8
  • Mesa 18.1.5
  • firewalld 0.6.0

While stopping checkins, obviously, the backlog is growing a bit, which means there are more things you can look forward to receive ‘soon’

  • RPM packaging changes: the SUSE specific configuration is being moved to a separate package
  • binutils 2.31
  • ncurses 6.1-20180707: breaks Xen (deprecations added, Xen builds with -Werror)
  • Usage of the new System Role selection instead of the legacy ‘desktop selection’
  • Python 3.7
  • KDE Applications 18.08.0 (release candidate currently in testing, will be delivered when final)
  • glibc 2.28; the split of libxcrypt causes some build failures
  • Linux kernel 4.17.14 & 4.18
  • util-linux 2.32.1 – breaks systemd build (header changes, fixed upstream)