Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

Apologies for missing the review of the week 2021/05 to be sent out in time. But as you already know from the past, that does not mean the information is being lost. I’ll just give you a review of the last two weeks instead. For Tumbleweed, this means we have seen 8 snapshots being published in those two weeks (0130, 0131, 0202, 0203, 0205, 0208, 0209, and 0210).

The main changes included:

  • Mozilla Firefox 85.0
  • Rust 1.49.0
  • Python 3.8.7
  • Bind 9.16.11: changed protection of/against “named” from chroot jail to systemd protection. This obsolete the subpackage named-chrootenv.
  • Linux kernel 5.10.12
  • Pulseaudio 14.2
  • Pipewire 0.3.20: pipewire is growing to become a replacement for PulseAudio
  • util-linux 2.36.1
  • Mesa 20.3.4
  • GCC 11 is now used to provide the base libraries, like libgcc_s1. GCC 10 is still used to compile the distribution
  • KDE Applications 20.12.2
  • Systemd 246.10

The next snapshot to be published (20210211 or newer, depending on QA results) will be based on glibc 2.33. As is usual with a glibc upgrade, I triggered a full rebuild of the repository. So the next snapshot coming out after today will be big (in bytes)

These changes are currently piled up for future tumbleweed snapshots:

  • glibc 2.33 (snapshot 0211+)
  • Postfix: change the default database format to lmdb, migrating away from BerkeleyDB
  • Linux kernel 5.10.14 and later
  • Libreoffice 7.1
  • KDE Plasma 5.21: currently 5.20.90 being tested
  • openssl 1.1.1i, based on centralized crypto-policies package
  • Use GCC 11 as default compiler (Staging:Gcc7; we should finally rename that staging :P)