Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

“Ask, and it will be given to you” – if you believe KDE Plasma 6 happened this week because many users asked for it, you are mistaken. Things don’t happen in Tumbleweed because some/many ask for it – but because some/few WORK on it (most do so in their spare time). As a community project, the devs don’t need more people asking ‘When is it done’, but rather ‘Here, this is my contribution; or ‘Can I help out’.

Despite all the questions asked and repeated, the package maintainers and developers still found sufficient time to deliver content. This week we have published 6 snapshots (0307…0311, 0313). As usual, the next snapshot is in openQA and may or may not be published later today.

The most relevant changes of the past week were:

  • LibreOffice
  • libvirt 10.1.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 123.0.1
  • gpg 2.4.5
  • Poppler 24.03.0
  • KDE Plasma 6.0.1 See
  • KDE Frameworks 6.0.0
  • KDE Gear 24.02.0
  • Linux kernel 6.7.9

The future holds more updates. Currently, the teams are working on:

  • KDE Plasma 6.0.2 (addressing a bunch of issues found in the last days)
  • Systemd 255.3
  • linux-glibc-devel 6.8 (kernel 6.8 headers)
  • LLVM 18
  • Shadow 4.15.0
  • Linux kernel 6.8.0 (or later): dpdk needs attention
  • Cleanup of KDE/Plasma 5 packages
  • Removal of Python 3.9 modules: in order to be able to successfully perform this, most – if not all – python-* packages should be fixed. Counterintuitively, removing a python flavor means we need to successfully rebuild the packages (python-singlespec)
  • dbus-broker: no progress this week
  • libxml 2.12.x: slow/no progress
  • GCC 14: phase 2: use gcc14 as the default compiler