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GNOME 3.22 Streamlines Into Tumbleweed

September 23rd, 2016 by


Less than 48 hours from when GNOME’s release team unveiled version 3.22 (Karlsruhe), openSUSE Tumbleweed users are getting the full upstream experience of the latest GNOME.

Snapshot 20160921 made 3.22 available to user, but there were plenty of other snapshots during the week that brought new packages to Tumbleweed users.

Dominique Leuenberger, a member of the openSUSE release team, wrote that there were five snapshots this week in an email to developers on the openSUSE Factory Mailing List.

The Linux Kernel updated to 4.7.4 and VirtualBox updated a version in the 20160920 snapshot. Snapshot 20160914 updated KDE Frameworks to 5.26.0 and KDE Applications 16.08.1.

Even though Tumbleweed is built on GNU Composite Compiler 6.2.1, for user relying on GCC 5, snapshot 20160917 provided an update to GCC 5.4.1 and there was a major version update for Vim, which is the first major update for the project in a decade and updated from version 7.4.2045 to version 8.0.3.

New Leap Beta Adds Plasma 5.8 Beta

September 22nd, 2016 by

iconThe release of openSUSE Leap 42.2 Beta 2 today added several new minor versions including KDE’s first Long Term Support version for Plasma.

The highly anticipated release of Plasma 5.8 LTS will be the default desktop for openSUSE Leap 42.2 and its beta (5.7.95), which was just released last week, is in openSUSE’s newest beta release.

“The quality of the distribution at this point looks quite good,” said Ludwig Nussel, Leap’s release manager. “Since Plasma 5.8 is still a beta version, it deserves more attention and thorough testing. We can help upstream to release a good 5.8.0 and get a decent quality default desktop in return.”

KDE and openSUSE slightly adjusted release schedules to be able to include Plasma 5.8 in the release of openSUSE Leap 42.2 because Plasma 5.8 is an LTS and complement one another as well as appeal to conservative adapters. (more…)

Updates Enhance Audio, Graphics, Telepathy

September 14th, 2016 by

hexageekoSnapshots this week added new sensations for Tumbleweed users, but there were plenty of other updates in the repositories to get people excited.

While snapshot 20160907 added some subpackages to enhance PulseAudio and updated telepathy-qt5 to version 0.9.7, GStreamer fixed quite a few bugs in its update to version 1.8.3 to improve media processing. Wine’s 32-bit subpackage update in the snapshot, bringing it to version 1.9.18, added support for multiple kernel drivers in a single process.

Snapshot 20160908 offered some updates for yast2-network, -kdump and -user. The snapshot also featured updates for hexchat, libstorage and python-keyring to version 9.3.1.

Mesa’s update to version 12.0.2 in the 20160909 snapshot improved imagery as well as driver crashes. An update to doxygen 1.8.12, which helps generate documentation from annotated C sources, showed several bug fixes in its changelog and glibc updated to version 2.24 in the 20160909 snapshot.

Academic, researchers, and high-performance computer users will be happy to see a new version of openmpi in the snapshot, which provides several upstream bug fixes, improvements and documentation updates in version 1.10.3.

Systemd provided a small fix in snapshot 20160911 and Tumbleweed is now on the same upstream version of wayland-protocols with version 1.7. Gawk, the AWK programming language, which provides more recent Bell Laboratories awk extensions, and a number of GNU-specific extensions, updated to version 4.1.4 in the 20160911 snapshot.

GNOME 3.22 has yet to make it into a Tumbleweed snapshot. It has some new testing issues and is still working its way through staged testing.

Mozilla, systemd, compiler update in Tumbleweed

September 7th, 2016 by

vector chameleonQtCon, Akademy and VideoLAN Dev Days in Berlin this past week kept many developers busy, but openSUSE’s rolling release kept going forward.

Tumbleweed had one new snapshot since that last article was published and more is expected this week.

Snapshot 20160901 provided Mozilla updates for both Firefox and Thunderbird in the repositories. Firefox updated to version 48.0.2 and Thunderbird to version 45.3.0.

The GNU Compiler Collection updated to version 6.2.1, systemd added some subpackages and python-setuptools updated from version 23.1.0 to 26.1.1. Python provided the most updates for the snapshot. The snapshot was a complete rebuild of the distro, so there several package updates needed to be install.

For Tumbleweed users anticipating gblibc 2.24, the package is working its way through staging phases, may be in the next snapshot.

GNOME 3.22 is being Integrated into openSUSE Factory this week; the integration process into Tumbleweed is uncertain. Three weeks of staged testing for 3.22 is expect.

Tumbleweed Enhances Encryption, has Massive Updates

September 2nd, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenopenSUSE users are at no loss for getting new software as this week the rolling distribution Tumbleweed had several snapshot releases and there was a beta release for openSUSE Leap 42.2.

openSUSE’s rolling distribution Tumbleweed, which was originally created by Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman, had six snapshots two weeks ago and four last week. This week we will look at another six snapshots.

The most recent snapshot, 20160831, updated seven packages. VirtualBox updated to version 5.1.4 and Pango, a library for laying out and rendering of text, which an emphasis on internationalization updated to version 1.40.2. LibreOffice had several subpackages updated in version 5.2.1.2.

Users waiting for new KDE software were probably ecstatic to see KDE update all three of its projects at once in snapshot 20160830. Plasma 5.7.4, Applications 16.08.0 and Frameworks 5.25.0 all came in this enormous 20160830 snapshot that will have people scrolling down the list for a while to see what was updated. YaST was the other version updated in this snapshot.

Snapshot 20160822 provided updates to ceph, GNOME and YaST packages. GTK3 updated to version 3.20.9 and GNU Compiler Collection 6 update cleaned up some spec files.

Release 20160825 updated the Linux Kernel to 4.7.2. Mozilla  had its first minor release for Firefox 48 and PHP updated to version 5.6.25. GNOME shell had an update to version 3.20.4 and YaST continues to fix bugs for openSUSE Leap and SUSE Linux Enterprise.

Grub2 and Xen had updates in the 20160826 snapshot. The PDF rendering library Poppler updated to version 0.47 and wayland-protocols updated to 1.6, which added to two new protocols.

Snapshot 20160828 had few updates, but one that was upstreamly fast in Tumbleweed. Kernel-firmware 20160824 made it into Tumbleweed four days after upstream released the firmware. GNOME Map users had an update to version 3.20.3 and disk encryption package cryptsetup updated from 1.7.0 to 1.7.2.

Throw a Beta Pizza Party

September 1st, 2016 by

Prosciutto, anchovy and onion pizza.openSUSE Betas are pizza party time.  Have a Pizza Party and test the openSUSE Leap 42.2 Beta.

Geeko in Nuremberg will have a party on Sept. 7 at 10:00 UTC. Any Beta tester in Nuremberg is welcome to attend.

If there’s no party around, you can organize your own. Be sure to check the wiki page! Pick a local pizza place or get some delivered to your home or office; invite friends and colleagues and put your party on the wiki. A new openSUSE user may show up! If you are unsure of how to do it, read this.

Download the Beta…

The latest Beta release is available at software.opensuse.org. Make sure to click on the development version. Install it on a VM, virtualbox or on your hardware. Report or help fix any problems you encounter.
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