Since the last news article on Tumbleweed two weeks ago, there have been eight snapshots featuring new software packages.
The most recent snapshot to land in the repositories was snapshot 20170228, which provided less than a handful of packages.
Snapshots 20170227 delivered the latest stable Linux Kernel 4.10.1. GStreamer 1.10.4 provided various fixes for crashes, assertions, deadlocks and memory leaks in the snapshot, and python-setuptools 34.2.0 had a lengthy list of changes, which also dropped support for python 2.6 and 3.2.
In snapshots 20170226, Speex, a patent-free audio compression format that aims to lower the barrier of entry for voice applications by providing a free alternative to expensive proprietary speech codecs, officially released its 1.2 version in Tumbleweed. Flatpak 0.8.3 version included backports of the updated OpenGL support from master and in combination with the work in the runtime allows Flatpak to work out of the box with out-of-tree OpenGL drivers, including the nvidia driver.
LightDM’s 1.21.5 in snapshots 20170225 correctly passes the return value from sessions to LightDM. Linux Kernel kernel-source 4.10.0 was made available with 20170225 snapshot as well as libzypp 16.4.3 and zypper 1.13.19, which improved package info by show binary packages built from a source package and for packages the source package it was built from. Unbound, which is a validating, recursive, and caching DNS resolver updated to version 1.6.1.
The Tumbleweed Weekly Review on the openSUSE Factory Mailing List rounded up the previous week’s snapshots. The review post by Dominique Leuenberger highlighted snapshots 20170224, 20170219, 20170218 and 20170216. The key packages Leuenberger listed for that week were Python 3.6, Mesa 17.0, KDE Plasma 5.9.2, Libreoffice 18.104.22.168 and Linux Kernels 4.9.10 and 4.9.11.
Another package worth mentioning from that week is mtd-utils, which is a generic Linux subsystem for memory devices; its 2.0 version released in Tumbleweed is the first major version release of mtd-utils in more than a decade.
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