Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

This week, the major news is a glibc update to version 2.35. This was surprisingly smooth (so far) compared to earlier version updates. Let’s all cross our fingers for this to stay the way it is. In total, Tumbleweed has seen 6 new snapshots during this week (0210, 0212, 0213, 0214, 0215, and 0216).

The major changes in these snapshots were:

  • Mozilla Firefox 97.0
  • GStreamer 1.18.6
  • Mesa 21.3.6
  • Linux kernel 5.16.8, with full drm support in earlyboot; this will be disabled again with kernel 5.16.10
  • NetworkManager 1.34.0
  • gnome-shell and mutter 41.4
  • Glibc 2.35 (Snapshot 0216)

The future, near and far, will bring these changes to Tumbleweed (and of course more, which we have no tests in staging going on yet):

  • KDE Plasma 5.24.1 (Snapshot 0217+)
  • KDE Frameworks 5.91
  • Linux kernel 5.16.10, simpedrm disabled again: too many issues reported
  • systemd packaging changes: systemd-sysvinit will be renamed to systemd-sysvcompat: most users won’t need it (sysv support is minimized anyway, and Tumbleweed no longer ships any sysv init script)
  • Python 3.6 interpreter will be removed (We have roughly 75 python36-FOO packages left)
  • Python 3.10 as the distro default interpreter (a bit down the line)
  • GCC 12 introduction has started to be as ready as possible for when the upstream release happens.