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Latest Tumbleweed Snapshot Brings Major Versions of Flatpak, qemu, Thunderbird , Nano

September 14th, 2018 by

Since the last openSUSE Tumbleweed update, three snapshots have been released and the latest snapshot has brought two new major versions of both Flatpak and qemu.

On the heels of the Libre Application Summit last week, which is a conference focusing on sandboxing and application distribution, a new major version of Flatpak was released in Snapshot 20180911. Flatpak 1.0 marks a significant improvement in performance and reliability, and includes a big collection of bug fixes with a collection of new features. Naturally, libostree 2018.8 was updated with Flatpak and added a new feature that provides an auto-update-summary config option for repositories. Full-system emulation with qemu 3.0.0 isn’t necessarily significant. The changelog states not to “read anything into the major version number update. It’s been decided to increase the major version number each year.” Yet there is improved support for nested Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) guests running on Hyper-V. The project did emphasized that ongoing feature deprecation is tracked at both http://wiki.qemu-project.org/Features/LegacyRemoval and in Appendix B of the qemu-doc.* files installed with the qemu package. Mesa 18.1.7 had a handful of fixes and once again added wayland to egl_platforms. The Linux Kernel 4.18.7 added support for Intel Ice Lake microarchitecture in the snapshot. There were several other minor updates in the snapshot, but the nodejs10 update to version 10.9.0 brought a few Common Vulnerability and Exposure (CVE) fixes and upgraded dependencies to OpenSSL 1.0.2.

Mozilla Thunderbird also received a major version update this week in snapshot 20180910. Thunderbird 60.0 improved message handling and composing and also provided Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) fixes. A list of CVEs were addressed with the update and the email client also added support for OAuth2 and FIDO U2F. Pixel format translation library babl updated its license to LGPL 3.0 in with the version update to 0.1.56. The library and command-line tool for transferring data using various protocols known as curl had several changes in version 7.61.1 and warn the user if a given file name looks like an option. The GNOME Web browser package epiphany 3.28.4 fixes a crash on homedepot.com and improved the performance of adblocker. The 4.18.6 kernel was made available in this snapshot. Text editor nano 3.0  also had a major version update and provided some speed improvements. Pdf renderer poppler 0.68.0 added Reason and Location to SignatureInfo. Web developers will be happy to see webkit2gtk3 2.22.0. The updated webkit2gtk3 package provides a new JavaScriptCore GLib application programming interface (API) and added playbin3 support to GStreamer media backend.

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Tumbleweed Snapshots Bring Changes for KVM, QEMU, Xen

August 23rd, 2018 by

Two openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots were once again released this past week, which included two Linux Kernel updates.

The most recent snapshot, 20180818, updated the kernel to version 4.18.0, which brought many changes for KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine). Mozilla Firefox 61.0.2 improved website rendering with the Retained Display List feature enabled and also fixed broken DevTools panels. The ffmpeg 4.0.2 package in the snapshot added conditional package configuration and AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) support. Netfilter project nftables was restored as the default backend with firewalld 0.6.1 and now nftables and iptables can co-exist after a bug fix with the ‘nat’ table form the 4.18 kernel. The Command Line Interface configuration utility for wireless devices known as iw added support in its 4.14 for all new kernel features of kernel 4.14. The HTTP client/server library for GNOME, libsoup 2.62.3, now uses an atomic-refcounting in classes that are not using GObject-refcounting. The Linux Kernel 4.16 or higher is needed for the strace 4.24 package, which implemented decoding of KVM vcpu (virtual central processing unit) exit reason as an option, and yast2-http-server 4.1.1 fixed PHP support by dropping php5 and using php7.

The 20180815 Tumbleweed snapshot had the last 4.17 kernel with an update from Kernel 4.17.3 to 4.17.4. The new 7.0.8.9 version of ImageMagick has the XBM coder leave the hex image data uninitialized if hex value of the pixel is negative. Several fixes were made with btrfsprogs 4.17.1 and an add ability to fix wrong ram_bytes for compressed inline files was also made with the package update in the snapshot. The advanced twin panel file manager for KDE Plasma, krusader 2.7.1, had a few fixes including a fix to the search bar in the application that showed results for a file that was deleted. The qemu 2.12.1 package dropped several patches and the updated gave new mitigation functionality for CVE-2018-3639. Caching proxy squid 4.2 provided fixes for GNU Compiler Collection 8 and a missing pointer. There were also several patches in the xen 4.11.0 update for GCC 8 and the yast2-storage-ng 4.1.4 update addressed the partitioner and now displays Xen virtual partitions and allows users to format and mount them.

Snapshot 20180815 recorded a stable rating of 93 on the snapshot reviewer and 20180818 is currently trending a moderate rating of 86.

GNU Compiler Collection 6 Removed from Tumbleweed

October 19th, 2017 by

Two openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots were released this week and the Open Build Service is warming up after last weekend’s scheduled power outage.

Since the power interruption, OBS has been running a little slower, but that didn’t stop the developers from getting out snapshots of new software.

The latest snapshot, 20171017, made a significant change regarding the GNU Compiler Collection; GCC 6 is no longer available in Tumbleweed. A patch for the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures deemed KRACK or CVE-2017-15361 also made its way into Tumbleweed. The cross-platform library Simple DirectMedia Layer, which is designed to make it easy to write multimedia software, such as games and emulators, added support for many game controllers, including the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller with the update to SDL2 2.0.6. The update for gutenprint 5.2.13 added support for two Epson Inkjet printers and corrected a mis-defined paper type that collided with standard A4 paper. (more…)

Plasma 5.11, GNOME 3.26.1 Land in Tumbleweed

October 12th, 2017 by

The week has been pretty exciting for desktop enthusiast running openSUSE Tumbleweed since two of this week’s snapshots delivered new versions of GNOME and KDE respectively.

Snapshot 20171010, which is the most recent release, fixed numerous memory leaks with ImageMagick 7.0.7.6 and apache 2.4.28 fixed Optionsbleed or Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)-2017-9798, which allows remote attackers to read secret data from process memory. Cmake 3.9.4 added support for Boost 1.65.0 and 1.65.1 and hplip 3.17.9 added support for several new printers. New features were added for the Quick Emulator (QEMU) with the new libvirt 3.8.0 version. Two major version updates were also available in the snapshot; some targets may rebuild when upgrading with the software construction tool SCons 3.0.0 and the memory allocator Jemalloc 5.0.1 added several improvements and new features including the addition of mutex profiling, which collects a variety of statistics useful for diagnosing overhead/contention issues.

Tumbleweed KDE users saw Plasma 5.11 make its way into snapshot 20171009 less than 24 hours after the official upstream release. The new Plasma 5.11 brings a redesigned settings app, improved notifications and a more powerful task manager. The release is the first release to contain the new “Vault”, a system to allow the user to encrypt and open sets of documents in a secure and user-friendly way.    Several CVE fixes were made with the update of Mozilla Firefox 56.0, but users should be aware that Firefox has no 32-bit builds for the application. The Linux Kernel was also upgraded to version 4.13.5 in the snapshot.

Several libraries and XFCE plugins were updated in the 20171007 snapshot and Mesa 17.2.2 had several Vulkan ANV/RADV driver fixes. Support for LLVM 5.0 for the Gallium3D architecture when using SCons was also added with the new Mesa version. YaST 4.0.10 fixed the handling of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) signatures when running in insecure mode. (more…)

New Package in Tumbleweed Enhances Rolling Updates

January 26th, 2017 by

Snapshots of openSUSE Tumbleweed are becoming more frequent once again and a new package in the rolling release should make the handling of updates easier.

The new package called transactional-update was announced on the openSUSE Factory Mailing List on Jan. 21 and it allows for more fluent handling of updates and upgrades for a rolling release. Tumbleweed user are encourage to read the email and thread because the package has potential consequences for those using it if not used correctly.

This week Tumbleweed updated the Linux Kernel twices. Kernel 4.9.3 was added to the repositories in the 20170117 snapshot and four days later the 4.9.4 Kernel was added in the 20170121 snapshot.

In addition to the Kernel added in the 20170117 snapshot, Flatpak 0.8.0 became available and it is recommended to be used with OSTree 2016.15, which was also added in the snapshot, because of how the package verifies checksums.

Apache 2.4.25 fixed several security issues in the snapshot and added new network protocols options to ease the enabling of http2. Wine’s 2.0 Release Candidate 5 was updated and yast2-bootloader and yast2-storage were both updated.

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