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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or join #opensuse-factory on IRC.
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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.
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.
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.
openQA 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.