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The weekly review: Tumbleweed and Leap

August 5th, 2015 by

gotherborgThere were multiple things that happened this week with openSUSE, but rather than making each happening a short snippet of information on news.opensuse.org, we felt it best to provide you this weekly review.

Tumbleweed – TW

Tumbleweed updated the Kernel package to 4.1.3-2.1 and 61 packages were upgraded in the 20150802 snapshot. Kernel 4.1.4 may make it in the next snapshot, but it’s more likely to be in the subsequent snapshot. LibreOffice 5.0 was accepted in staging and is on its way to Factory, so soon it should make it’s way into a snapshot.

Claws-mail had an extensive amount added in the recent snapshot. It moved from version 3.11.1 to 3.12.0. The update features are designed to provide a quicker response, sophisticated interface and more intuitive operations.

Digikam’s upgrade to 4.11.0 explicitly enabled MySQL support that had been disabled by default since 4.6.0. Several other Digikam bugs were addressed in the snapshot like KDE bug #266264 for the sidebar that does not automatically resize to avoid a horizontal scrollbar.

The most eye catching update was Gcal moving from version 3.6.3 to version 4 not because of the major version upgrade, but because the upgrade pushed a fix to spell Guy Fawkes’ name correctly from Fawke. Wondering what the originator had on their mind when making that mistake. Gcal is an interesting package to follow in TW, so we’ll keep an eye on those updates in the future.

Of the 61 upgraded packages, about a handful were fixes made for Leap.


Speaking of Leap, there were some advancements made on the roadmap for Leap and it looks like the release of Leap will be on Nov. 4 at 14:00 UTC. This might sound pretty concrete, but some other things need to happen before Nov. 4 can officially be declared the date. The ideal date for the release in this article would have been Nov. 5 since Guy Fawkes was mentioned above, but more’s the pity.

Expect an article to be release next week detailing the official date and full roadmap for Leap.

An important date that can be mentioned about Leap right now is Sept. 20 because that is tentatively the freeze point for items to be included in the Leap Beta.

Artwork for Leap like Grub, Plymouth or other items can be submitted through github by cloning the Leap-42.1 branch in openSUSE branding and submit a pull request to @sysrich. A branch was also started for Tumbleweed, so anyone wanting to advance the visual appearance of both openSUSE distributions is encouraged to join in the fun.


This weekend we will be at GUADEC in Gothenburg, Sweden. (See Picture on the Right) The conference takes place August 7 – 9 at Folkets Hus and there will be a three-day hackfest from August 10 – 12 at IT University. Come see us there, learn about open source and see what swag we have. – Ses Snart

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4 Responses to “The weekly review: Tumbleweed and Leap”

  1. Pete

    The first leap milestone will be updated til the point of release in November , or do we have to do a clean install when the final version comes out?

    • Douglas DeMaio

      @Pete – to each their own of course, but I would recommend an install when the final version comes out. That’s just my opinion.

  2. gumb

    Appreciate these regular status updates. Hope you can keep it up. I remember the old openSUSE Weekly Updates of years gone by. Whilst they were an enormous, intricate and superb effort from the team who worked on them, I also think they were way too much, both from the point of view of the weekly information digest (overload) and the balance of effort required vs eventual worth and reader base. A year or so ago I responded to an openSUSE survey of what could be improved and I suggested short updates on the status of packages and the distro. It seems my wish has been granted!

    Just picking up on D. Stroock’s point about pronouns, whilst his/her/its may be technically or grammatically correct, I’m inclined to disagree about its value. Growing up in England I can say that both ‘To each their own’ and ‘Each to their own’ have been very commonly heard all my life, but almost never ‘To each his/her own’. I dislike many common mistakes in language such as ‘I would of gone’, but that boils down to a mere misunderstanding on the part of those who say it, based on what they’ve heard. In this instance, the use of ‘their’ conveniently avoids complication. It is illogical grammatically, but the English language is full of strange logic and quirks. Language evolves and sometimes adopts such quirks by way of a sort of common motivation of the people. I’ve read arguments on this point before saying that we need to invent a new pronoun to avoid the his/her, he/she/ s/he pitfall. We already have it / its, but that’s considered politically incorrect when referring to a person. I find the separation of gender inherent in languages such as French / Spanish inferior and a mere annoyance having to now use the former language on a daily basis. It even foxes the French themselves. So my vote goes to adopting ‘their’ in instances such as these, it’s progressive yet based on established words and popular usage, without being pernickety at the same time.