Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

This week we managed to do the impossible: despite missing one snapshot 0220), we STILL published 7 snapshots (0217, 0218, 0219, 0221, 0222, 0223, and 0224). Of course, this just happens by coincidence, as 0217 could only be released late evening and 0224 happens to come out already before writing the weekly review.

And what did those snapshots bring us? See for yourself:

  • KDE Plasma 5.24.1 (0217) & 5.24.2 (0224)
  • KDE Frameworks 5.91.0
  • Linux kernel 5.16.10 (simpledrm disabled again)
  • systemd 249.10
  • 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)
  • Mozilla Firefox 97.0.1
  • expat 2.4.6
  • tigervnc 1.12.0: the ‘vncserver’ script no longer exists, see

That’s pretty cool and everything reported last week as coming (except the gcc12 and python long-lasting efforts) have thus been delivered. As usual, we don’t stop there, and staging projects are already prepared with these updates:

  • Linux kernel 5.16.11 (also addressing build fails with gcc12)
  • Mesa 21.3.7
  • Python 3.6 interpreter will be removed (We have roughly 45 python36-FOO packages left)
  • Python 3.10 as the distro default interpreter (a bit down the line, after py36 is done)
  • GCC 12 introduction has started to be as ready as possible for when the upstream release happens.