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Krita, GNOME Builder, FFmpeg Get Updates in Tumbleweed

July 5th, 2018 by

The four openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots this week are trending quite stable as new major version packages have been updated this week.

Among the packages updates this week were FFmpeg, KDE Plasma, GNOME Builder and Krita along with a kernel update.

The most recent snapshot, 20180702, put out the first update ffmpeg 4.0 with a refresh of patches and an enablement for ffnvcodec when building with NVIDIA support. The snapshot brought about another 4.0 version with checkmedia upgrading from 3.8 to the new 4.0 version. The tools and libraries package to work with Extensible Firmware Interface variables, efivar, had a major update as well and adjusted its libefiboot-export-disk_get_partition_info.patch to work with the new 36 version. That wasn’t the last major version update either. The package for userspace components for the Linux Kernel‘s drivers/infiniband subsystem, rdma-core, updated to version 18.1; the new major version fixed compilations with recent glibc. Among the other packages in the snapshot there were updated were spec-cleaner 1.1.0, brotli 1.0.5 and System Security Services Daemon (sssd) 1.16.2.

The 20180701 snapshot brough Plasma 5.13.2. The release added a week’s worth of new translations and fixes from KDE‘s contributors. There were also updates to several YaST packages and libstorage-ng 3.3.312 removed an unused and obsolete file. Konversation 1.7.5 dropped a patch and fixed building against Qt 5.11. The lightweight image viewer for the Xfce desktop ristretto 0.8.3 had multiple fixes including a fix for GLib-GObject-CRITICAL in the directory monitoring code.

Snapshots from the end of last month included snapshot 20180629 and 20180628. Snapshot 20180629 improved the performance of the stroke layer style with an update to the open source painting program krita 4.0.4. The testsuite package spec-cleaner was updated in this snapshot as well to version 1.0.9, which dropped support of python 2, and there were bug fixes for Qt 5.11 with the libqt5-qttranslations and libqt5-qtvirtualkeyboard package updates to 5.11.1. Snapshot 20180628 updated the Linux Kernel to 4.17.3, which had multiple fixes for the btrfs filesystem and deleted some stacktrace patches. The gnome-builder package made the editor more reliable to restores a cursor position and fixed for a number of crashers and potential for data loss with the 3.28.3 update.

Packages updated in previous snapshots last month were were GCC 8.1.1, KDE Applications 18.04.2, KDE Frameworks 5.47.0 and PulseAudio 12.0. Release manager Dominique Leuenberger summarized the updates in his weekly review and also explained that even though FFmpeg 4.0 was updates, FFmpeg 3.x is still available in the main repo, but will eventually be be phased out. All the snapshots in the past few weeks have been rated as moderate to stable in the Tumbleweed review tool. Snapshot 20180702 is currently trending as stable with a 91 percent rating.

New Repository Caters to Tumbleweed’s Nvidia Users

September 20th, 2017 by

Using Nvidia drivers on openSUSE Tumbleweed in the past was cumbersome and fragile when it came to regular snapshot updates.

Often users needed to uninstall the NVIDIA’s userspace driver (like libGL, Xserver glx library, etc.) before updating to the latest Tumbleweed snapshot and reinstall the NVIDIA’s userspace driver afterward. Otherwise users may have ended up in a mess with Mesa overwriting NVIDIA’s userspace drivers.

In addition with every kernel update, users needed to recompile the kernel module due to possible Kernel Application Binary Interface (kABI) changes in a new Linux kernel. The easiest way to achieve this was to completely uninstall NVIDIA’s driver (“nvidia-installer –uninstall”) and reinstall it after the Tumbleweed update.

Now, openSUSE Tumbleweed users have a better solution.

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Tumbleweed Snapshots Pick Up Pace

June 8th, 2017 by

The care and thoroughness of making GNU Compiler Collection 7 the default compiler for openSUSE Tumbleweed produced a gradual decrease in snapshots over the past month, but it looks like snapshots of the rolling release are beginning to pick up the pace.

The four snapshots released this week aligns much to closer to upstream development and releases of GNOME, KDE, QEMU and Mesa top the list of this week’s new packages in Tumbleweed.

The newest snapshot, 20170605, saw a patch added for grub2 that fixed page fault exception when grub loads with NVIDIA cards and the libgcrypt 1.7.7 update made the noteworthy fix of a possible timing attack on EdDSA session key, which was previously patched. Nano 2.8.4 also improved PHP syntax highlighting in the snapshot.

Both Mozilla Thunderbird received changes to optimize and enhance compatibility with GCC 7 in the 20170604 snapshot with 64-bit. Expect 32-bit to come soon. QEMU 2.9.0 fixed several Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) and improved support for several architectures and virtualization. Snapshot 20170604 also fixed some minor vulnerabilities like CVE-2017-9351 with Wireshark’s 2.2.7 version update and sudo 1.8.20 fixed CVE-2017-1000367.

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Kernel 4.11 Arrives in openSUSE Tumbleweed

May 18th, 2017 by

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. (more…)

Tumbleweed Gets Kernel 4.10.1, Mesa 17, Python 3.6

March 2nd, 2017 by

The joy and experimentation of Hack Week didn’t keep openSUSE Tumbleweed from continuing to roll.

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. (more…)

Last Release Candidate for openSUSE Leap 42.2 Released

November 2nd, 2016 by

The development cycle for openSUSE Leap 42.2 Release Candidates (RC) is coming to an end.

RC2, which will be followed by the stable release of openSUSE Leap 42.2 on Nov. 16, is now available for testers after its release today.

“A big change is that the Mesa Nouveau 3D driver was split out to a
separate package as KDE crashes with it on some newer NVidia cards,” wrote release manager Ludwig Nussel to the openSUSE Factory Mailing List.

Users of Leap’s newest version will notice improved capabilities with snapper snapshots based on the btrfs file system, which is the default file system selection. A new btrfs quota concept makes snapper much less disk-hungry and can be manually setup. Snapper is a poka yoke and can give system administrators confident about updating new packages and rolling back the system if an error is made. There is a selection of other file systems for Leap, but benefits of snapper are not available with the other file systems.

Leap is a community-enterprise distribution that appeals to stability-minded users and conservative technology adopters. Leap has a shared core with SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) and hundreds of SLE 12 Service Pack (SP) 2 packages. There are also thousands of community-built packages in Leap. The distribution gives developers and organizations an ability to bridge to the faster release cycles of openSUSE Tumbleweed or to a more Long Term Support enterprise solution with SLE.

Media who are interested in more information should contact Douglas DeMaio at ddemaio@suse.de.