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New Kernel, KDE Applications to arrive in Tumbleweed

June 1st, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-blackopenSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha 1, which is now available for testing, made some news last week, but this week’s news focuses more on openSUSE’s rolling distribution.

Developers have been focusing on  moving Tumbleweed to GNU Compiler Collection 6, which is always challenging for a distribution.

In the openSUSE Tumbleweed’s Review of the Weeks 2016/21 email sent out last week by Dominique Leuenberger, he listed the progression of moving GCC 6 to the default compiler, which can be viewed on the wiki.

Leuenberger also hinted at the Linux Kernel 4.6 possibly being ready for a snapshot this week. It looks like 4.6 will be in a snapshot with week along with KDE Applications 16.04.1 and Perl 5.24.

This week had three openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots. New perl and wine package updates are in the Tumbleweed repository from snapshot 20160530 .


Next snapshot getting Qt 5.6, oSC schedule released

May 18th, 2016 by

Since the last openSUSE Tumbleweed update, there have been three snapshots, but the next snapshot is the one many users are waiting for because it will include Qt 5.6.

The hold up has taken some time to be released because a minor fix, but any snapshot dated 20160517 or higher will have the Qt 5.6.

There are a few other exciting packages in staging that could soon arrive in follow on Tumbleweed snapshots like Plasma 5.6, Plasma Framework 5.22.0 and KDE Applications 16.04.1. The 4.6 Linux Kernel was also checked in to staging recently.

What has already been released in the repositories in recent Tumbleweed snapshots is GNOME 3.20.2 and Linux Kernel 4.5.4 from the 20160516 snapshot. Libzypp updated to major version 16.0.0.

Snapshot 20160514 and 20160512 had a few package changes that updated translations for many of the new package updates.

The live installer was dropped from Tumbleweed. People can get live images, but there is no installer.

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Tumbleweed gets Plasma 5.6.3, Firefox 46

May 11th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenSince the last update, openSUSE Tumbleweed had two snapshots.

Snapshot 20160505 and 20160508 brought quite a few goodies for Tumbleweed users.

Firefox 46 and GNOME 3.20.2 were in the 20160505 snapshot along with some other packages like git 2.8.2, glib-networking 2.48.1 and a huge update to ostree in version 2016.5.

The most recent snapshot updated the Linux Kernel to 4.5.3 and Plasma updated to version 5.6.3. Bluedevil 5, breeze and hexchat were also updated in the 20160508 snapshot. Samba had an enormous list about bugs and fixes in the email that lists the details of the 20160508 snapshot.

Plans for the new GNU Compiler Collection in a Tumbleweed snapshot is at least three to four weeks away because of a huge update stack that will be made when GCC 6 makes it into Tumbleweed. Pre-testing in private staging has shown that GCC 6 should build smoothly in the various stages that lead to a Tumbleweed snapshot, but that remains to be seen until a snapshot with GCC 6 is at the users’ fingertips.

As for Qt 5.6, the bug that broke YaST appears to be swarming between two chopsticks – it took forever to catch and fix. However, as Dominique shared on Saturday, a fix is found and merged so the 5.6.x release is coming soon! Perhaps we’ll wait for 5.6.1 as that should be out soon.

Tumbleweed updates Kernel, Mesa, gstreamer

May 4th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-blackPlans to update to GCC 6

After an entire full rebuild last week, openSUSE Tumbleweed is shifting its focus to another area.

Tumbleweed is planning to switch the compiler to GCC 6, and if all goes well, according to Dominique Leuenberger, it might be available in a few weeks, but will certainly trigger another full rebuild.

For TW users waiting for Qt 5.6, they will have to wait a little longer due to a bug that is holding up its release.

Less than an hour ago, snapshot 20160503 was released and it updates Mesa to version 11.2.1, virtualbox to 5.0.18, snapper to 0.3.2) and perl-Bootloader to 0.912.


Tumbleweed gets glibc 2.23

April 29th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-blackThere has not been a new snapshot for openSUSE Tumbleweed for the past week, and it has been a couple weeks since the last time it was discussed on news.opensuse.org.

A new snapshot of Tumbleweed arrived today and the reason for not having one the past week is that the entire rolling release distribution was rebuilt on the Open Build Service and thoroughly tested by openQA.

Snapshot 20160422 updated glibc to version 2.23 and libvirt to 1.3.3. The libraries provide new compatibility and remove some obsolete functions. Several patches were removed from glibc and libvirt. Libvirt’s update also improved support for ppc64.

GCC 5 upgraded to version 5.3.1+r234891 and kernel-firmware updated to 20160412.

Php7 has been added and is available in the the repositories.

Other updates of interest are to openssl with new patches from SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 and cmake 3.5.2. YaST had several updates with yast2 upgrading to 3.1.185, yast2-vm upgrading to 3.1.26, and yast2-bootloader upgrading to 3.1.176 among others YaST updates.

Tumbleweed users can expect Qt 5.6 to make it in a snapshot within the next few weeks and will more than likely be available after the next YaST sprint.

Update on Tumbleweed, Conference

April 6th, 2016 by

Plasma 5.6  and Qt 5.6 have yet to make it in a Tumbleweed snapshot, but the packages are are in staging and the latter will likely arrive after Plasma 5.6. Until then, there are four snapshots the have been released since the last update.

Snapshot 20160405 provided and update to gtk3 to 3.20.2, which provided a fix for a blue background in emacs. Wine updated to 1.9.7 providing improvements to the WebServices reader and drag and drop. Xf86-video-intel was also in the snapshot and backported several patches.

Snapshot 20160404 provided a Btrfsprogs update to 4.5.1 from 4.4.1 and perl-bootloader updated to .911 with the subpackage YAML. Mercurial updated to it’s latest version 3.7.3 and yast2-sound updated to 3.1.9 fixing a dependency on yast2.

Snapshot 20160401 Updates to freetype2 and dolphin and the 20160331 snapshot made an update to GCC 5 and xfsprogs updated to 4.5.

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GNOME 3.20 coming real soon to Tumbleweed

March 30th, 2016 by

openSUSE Tumbleweed had some significant changes this past week with KDE Applications updating to version 15.12.3, which includes Long Term Support version of KDE Development Platform 4.14.18, and zypper updating to 1.13, but what is likely the biggest news is GNOME 3.20 is on the verge of being released.

Tumbleweed users might be using the latest GNOME release that has been thoroughly tested by openQA by this evening.


Arriving in GNOME 3.20 is a new cross-distro framework for building and distributing desktop applications with Builder and XDG-Apps. Wayland is available with 3.20, but not as the default. To try it out, select GNOME on Wayland from the gear menu on the login screen. The release of 3.20 is also a big release for GTK+, which provides more flexibility and power to theme authors.

Tumbleweed’s 20160326 snapshot provided a some new feature outside of GNOME 3.20’s new features as well.

The network manager has a new feature to determine if you are online. The network manager communicates with conncheck.opensuse.org to determine if a TW user has connectivity. To disable the feature, Tumbleweed users will need the NetworkManager-branding-upstream package.

Other News

openSUSE has been steadily transitioning its translations to Weblate, which just deployed version 2.5. If anyone would like to contribute to the openSUSE Project by translating release notes and other information about openSUSE and the project’s efforts, Weblate is translations made easy with a simple dashboard and progress bar to let people easily know where they can help with the project. There are even some additional tools being developed for Weblate by the openSUSE community.

The openSUSE is looking for a maintainer to help support 32-bit architecture for Tumbleweed. If anyone in the community is interested, email opensuse-factory@opensuse.org or join #opensuse-factory on IRC.

Python 3.5.1 coming in Tumbleweed snapshot

March 9th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-blackFour snapshots released this week provided plenty of new packages for openSUSE Tumbleweed users, but what is coming in a future snapshot is what has people excited.

Python 3.5.1 and Linux Kernel 4.4.4 are expected to be updated this week in Tumbleweed snapshots.

Plasma 5.5.5 released earlier this week in snapshot 20160303 also has people excited.

Snapshot 20160304 provided updates for YaST, Kiwi and perl-bootloader. Snapshot 20160305 provided updated packages for DigiKam and systemd rpm macros. Snapshot 20160307 had the most diverse updates to grub2, libzypp, Plasma Frameworks, xen and Samba.

In other news related to the project, Ludwig Nussel, who is the new release manager for openSUSE Leap, is drafting a release schedule for Leap 42.2 and is expected to brief that at the openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg this June.

Tumbleweed gets KDE app store

March 2nd, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-blackSince the last update on openSUSE Tumbleweed, there have been five snapshots and some of those snapshots have brought some interesting new packages.

The 20160225 snapshot allows Tumbleweed users to add a package called ‘discover‘, which is the KDE software installer, implemented as an app store like application.

KDE users can zypper install discover to get the app store based on AppStream.

Another package worth noting is the OpenLDAP package that checks password strength and enforces password strength policies that will comply with IT needs. The feature comes in snapshot 20160229 as a ppolicy-check-module.

Snapshot 20160226 updated the Linux Kernel to 4.4.2. That snapshot also added minor updates for YaST.

Among other packages updated in Tumbleweed this past week are Thunderbird to version 38.6.0 in the 20160225 snapshot and FireFox to 44.0.2 in the 20160229 snapshot.

Snapshot 20160228 updated some python packages and snapshot 20160224 updated KDE Framework to 5.19.0.

Samba and Wayland both had updates this past week and TreeLine, which is used for managing, organizing and outlining, updated to 2.0.2.

Two more snapshots are expected to be released by the end of the week. openQA is not a blocking factor for Tumbleweed anymore and the amount of snapshots released shows how quickly testing of builds have improved.

Libreoffice is currently building on the Open Build Service and will take a few more hours to be built. Without any issues, it might be in one of the next two snapshots.

Tumbleweed users can plan on seeing GNOME 3.20 by end of the month or in early April if all goes expected to plan as the next major release of GNOME is currently going through its release candidate process.

New workers get Tumbleweed rolling

February 25th, 2016 by

Tumbleweed-black-greenopenQA workers that keep Tumbleweed tested and rolling have almost been replenished.

The new hardware can run more workers and is newer, bigger and faster, which increases the speed of openQA testing. One of two Intel E5-2630 v3 is partially running while the other has yet to be integrated into the openSUSE infrastructure. Each machine has 8 cores with 16 threads for a total of 16 cores of 32 threads when both machines become fully functional. The new hardware has each have 256GB of RAM and 400GB Intel NVMe SSDs.

SUSE’s infrastructure team was really helpful in getting the new machine working with openSUSE infrastructure and deserve a lot of credit for their efforts. Thank you SUSE.

The latest, full-testing went through in six hours as opposed to the normal 14 hour duration. That, plus the additional workers currently running greatly increase openQA’s speed.

Since the last update, which informed readers about openQA workers (hardware) that went down, openSUSE Tumbleweed has released three snapshots.