November 27, 2020

Alpha Prototype Jump is Available, Tumbleweed gets systemd, curl Updates

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The prototype project openSUSE Jump is now available for Alpha phase testing. Jump is an interim name given to the experimental distribution in the Open Build Service as developers have been trying to synchronize SUSE Linux Enterprise binaries for openSUSE Leap. The efforts are trying to bring the codes of Leap and SLE closer together, which was previously mentioned in an article titled New Prototype Builds Bringing Leap, SLE Closer Will be Available Soon.

The past week produced three openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots.

The snapshots brought some interesting packages including one used by NASA and one package fixed a ancient bug.
A full rebuild of Tumbleweed was done with Build20200825, but the build doesn’t appear good enough to be released in a snapshot.

Snapshot 20200824 provided an update of the intel-vaapi-driver 2.4.1 package, which fixed some compiler errors with GNU Compiler Collection 10. A few RubyGem packages were updated, but didn’t provide much info in the changelog. However, the rubygem-bootsnap 1.4.8 changelog points to a force-pushed fix in the package that was contributed for Shopify. The snapshot is trending moderately stable at a rating of 72, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

An update to the 245.7 version of systemd arrived in snapshot 20200823. The snapshot also had an update of NetworkManager 1.26.2, which provided a fix for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol version 4 and added an update for the export and handling of the DHCPv6 FQDN option. A major version update made it into the snapshot with fdupes updated from version 1.61 to the newest 2.1.2 version; FDUPES is a program for identifying or deleting duplicate files residing within specified directories and the updated version increases speed by reducing the number of call to stats. Pipewire 0.3.9, which is a server and user space API to deal with multimedia pipelines, fixed bad audio in Chromium and added support for the video crop in the GStreamer elements. The python-kiwi 9.21.7 package had multiple fixes including one for Google Compute Engine integration test builds. Other packages update in the snapshot were the pixel encoding and color space conversion engine babl 0.1.80, bash-completion 2.11 and giflib 5.2.1. The snapshot is trending moderately stable at a rating of 69, according to the Tumbleweed snapshot reviewer.

The command line tool for transferring data curl 7.72.0 arrived in snapshot 20200821. The bugfix release also added zstd decoding support. The open-source lexer generator for C, C++ and Go, re2c has a new Go code generation backend that can be used with a –lang go re2c option, or as a standalone re2go binary in the new major 2.0.2 version; the version also offers backward incompatible changes. Generic spell checking library enchant 2.2.8 added a provider back-end for Nuspell, which is a new spell-checker whose development has been supported by the Mozilla foundation. It is backwards-compatible with Hunspell and Myspell dictionaries and supports a wider range of language peculiarities, improved suggestions, and easier maintainability of the code-base. GNOME’s note editor bijiben 3.36.3 updated translations and fixed an issue in the main view that prevented showing
more than 48 notes. Other packages updated in the snapshot were the C and Fortran library used by NASA cfitsio 3.490. The machine checks daemon mcelog 170 was updated and popt 1.18 fixed “an ugly and ancient” security issue that failed to drop privileges on alias exec from a Set User ID/Set Group ID program. The snapshot recorded a moderately stable rating of 73.

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