Linux News Today: openSUSE Tumbleweed Gets Mozilla Thunderbird 38.4, KDE Plasma 5.5 Coming Soon
Douglas DeMaio from the openSUSE Project informed us earlier today, December 17, about the latest updates that make their way into the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling operating system.
At the end of last week and in the first days of this week, openSUSE Tumbleweed received two snapshots, both of which included all sorts of interesting updates for some of the most common libraries, core components, and applications.
Therefore, we would like to inform openSUSE Tumbleweed users that they have received libqca2 2.1.1, Python-Cryptography 1.1, Mozilla Thunderbird 38.4.0, GIMP 2.8.16, Squid 4.0.3, and new Perl and OpenSSL versions.
However, one of the biggest improvements introduced in the latest openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot was a major update to the Autofs file system, which is used in the distribution to automatically mount folders.
“Tumbleweed had two snapshot this week and Mesa updated two new minor versions since Saturday’s 20151209 snapshot,” said Douglas DeMaio in today’s announcement. “The biggest package update for the week was to autofs in the 20151214 snapshot.”
KDE Plasma 5.5 coming soon in Tumbleweed
And now for the most interesting part of Mr. DeMaio’s announcement, as he wrote that the next-generation KDE Plasma 5.5 desktop environment will make its way into the software repositories of openSUSE Tumbleweed via the next snapshot.
KDE Plasma 5.5 already has a first maintenance build, KDE Plasma 5.5.1, so things should be pretty stable for KDE users. Also, there’s now the stable version of KDE Applications 15.12 software suite, along with the latest KDE Frameworks 5.17.0.
On the other hand, the systemd and Linux kernel packages cannot be upgraded at this time in openSUSE Tumbleweed due to some nasty issues. As such, users will have to wait until those issues are resolved, but we shall have more news about that next week or early in 2016.