Freetype, Flatpak, Sysdig Receive Updates in Tumbleweed

15. Feb 2018 | Douglas DeMaio | No License

The streak of six Tumbleweed snapshots continued this a week as openSUSE’s rolling release has provided a consistent release of six snapshots per week this year.

There were hundreds of packages updated this week and sysdig, Freetype and Flatpak were just a few of the many packages to receive an updated version.

At the time of publishing this article, snapshot 20180213 was the most recent snapshot released. Mozilla Firefox 58.0.2 fixed a tab crash during printing. The package yast2-ca-management was dropped with the autoyast2 4.0.31 update. A new set of functions that allows 64-bit offsets even on 32-bit systems are now available with cryptsetup 2.0.1, which is a user-space utility for dealing with the DMCrypt kernel module for setting up encrypted disk volumes. Cryptsetup also increased maximum allowed Password-Based Key Derivation Function 2 (PBKDF) memory-cost limit to 4 GiB. Another notable package in the snapshot was the update of the Ruby debugger package rubygem-byebug  10.0.0, which added Ruby 2.5.0 support and fixed a remote server crash when interrupting a client.

KDE Applications 17.12.2 was made available in the 20180212 snapshot; about 20 recorded bugfixes include improvements to Kontact, Dolphin, Gwenview, KGet and Okular. View the changelog for a full list of changes and fixes for Applications 17.12.2. Flatpak 0.10.3 fixed vulnerability in dbus proxy and updated a Polish translation. Position Independent Executables improvements were made with Snappy 1.1.7 as well as improvements to CMake build support for 64-bit Linux distributions. Added support for the USB 3.1 SuperSpeedPlus device capability was also made available in the snapshot with the usbutils 009 package. There were also several YaST package updates.

The anticipated portable font engine freetype 2.9 version was in the 20180210 snapshot. There were a few patches added, and as its a Google Summer of Code project, support was extended for the new Adobe Compact Font Format (CFF) engine to handle Type 1 fonts, which greatly improve the rendering. Controlling and monitoring various aspects of networking in the Linux Kernel with iproute2 4.15.0 were made and the Linux Kernel was updated to 4.15.2, which deleted several patches. The mono-core project sponsored by Microsoft updated to version 5.8.0 and brought new features and changes for WebAssembly and Profiler. Web developers will see a lot of bug fixes with the update to php7 7.2.2. Two Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) were fixed with the update to postgresql10 10.2. Vulkan added layer metadata for EXT_validation_cache extension and the VulkanInfo utility now features an html backend and improves information accessibility.

Snapshot 20180209 added extended compliance codes parsing to small form-factor pluggable (sfp) modules with ethtool 4.15. The container troubleshooting tool sysdig reduced the inactive container scan time from 20 minutes to 30 seconds with its 0.20 version. The amount of patches provided with virt-manager 1.5.0 would make Patches O’Houlihan happy about the project’s collective teamwork.

Python-setuptools 38.5.1 reverted to Cython legacy build_ext behavior for compatibility in snapshot 20180208 and rpm 4.14.1 fixed arbitrary code execution when evaluating common python-related macros.

The Tumbleweed snapshot that began the week, 20180207, updated the Mozilla Firefox version from 57 to 58, which added performance improvements like loading pages faster by changing how Firefox caches and retrieves JavaScript. The snapshot also provided an update to libstorage-ng 3.3.149, which added Weblate translations from the previous 3.3.145 version for Korean, Hungarian, Chinese (Taiwan) and Afrikaans.

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