Kernel 4.11 Arrives in openSUSE Tumbleweed

18. May 2017 | Douglas DeMaio | No License

Multiple small pattern changes had momentarily slowed the releases of openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots, but snapshots are expected to come more frequently moving forward.

The newest snapshot, 20170516, brought Linux Kernel 4.11 and tons of new fixes and features. The new kernel has at least eight prominent features and a pluggable IO scheduler for the multiqueue block layer is just one of the many features. There are some fixes for nvidia drivers in the 4.11.1 Kernel, which expected to arrive in the next Tumbleweed snapshot if all goes according to plan.

The snapshot also delivered an update for python-requests with version 2.13.0, which has multiple fixes including fixing an issue with JSON encoding detection. Python-sip 4.19.2 provided a fix for a crash and power-device supporter nut 2.7.4 changed some command and variable naming schemes as well as added a new class of device support for Automatic Transfer Switch.

KDE Applications 17.04.0 made it’s way into the 20170516 and 20170510 snapshots. Among the many improvements are 3D rendering with KAlgebra, more stability for the video editor Kdenlive and a new version of Minuet, which will helps teach and learn music, offers more exercises and ear-learning tasks.

Cryptsetup 1.7.5 provided a fixes to optional dracut ramdisk scripts for offline re-encryption on initial boot came in snapshot 20170510 and GNOME updated games to version 3.24.1 after cleaning up the licensing around the project and updating translations. Libvirt-python, perl-Net-HTTP and virtualbox all updated to 3.3.0, 6.14 and 5.1.22 respectively.

Snapshots 20170505 wasn’t listed in the last Tumbleweed update. That snapshot updated Mesa to version 17.0.5, which implemented the OpenGL 4.5 API. Libvirt 3.3.0 dropped some patches and zypper 1.13.25 fixed a translation shortcut error. Also added to the repositories in the snapshot was Mozilla Firefox 52.1.0, which had various stability and regression fixes.

GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 7 is still progressing to become the default compiler, but there is still a bit of work to do.

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