Linux News Today: GCC 6 Imminent for openSUSE Tumbleweed, openSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha 2 Coming Soon
Today, June 15, 2016, the openSUSE Tumbleweed maintainers have informed the community that the long-anticipated GCC 6 compiler is imminent for the rolling operating system.
openSUSE Tumbleweed received its last snapshot (20160612) on June 14, 2016, which brought several goodies to users of this RPM-based computer operating system, including the recently released Linux 4.6.2 kernel, Mozilla Firefox 47.0, AppStream 0.9.6, and kernel-firmware 20160609.
Also, it appears that previous Tumbleweed snapshots that were released last week brought Git 2.8.4, Wayland 1.11.0, as well as updates to autoyast2, the GStreamer multimedia backend, and several YaST packages. And it now looks like the next snapshot (20160613) will be the last based on GCC 5.
Yes, that’s right, the GCC 6 migration has been completed for openSUSE Tumbleweed, and the next snapshot after snapshot 20160613 will be the one to make GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6 the default for the rolling release operating system, but a clear release date has yet to be confirmed.
“GCC 6 will become the new default compiler, but the release date of the snapshot is difficult to predict right now because Tumbleweed is competing with builds allocated for the next Alpha 2 release of openSUSE Leap 42.2, which is scheduled to be release next week before the openSUSE Conference,” said Douglas DeMaio.
Some fixes might be required after GCC 6 becomes default compiler
In the same announcement, openSUSE’s Douglas DeMaio informs users of the Tumbleweed distribution that they must pay attention to various fixes that need to be applied to their operating systems once GCC 6 becomes the default compiler. However, these might not be needed if things work as expected.
In the meantime, the openSUSE developers are working hard to release the second Alpha milestone for the upcoming openSUSE Leap 42.2 operating system, which promises to offer the latest GNOME and systemd technologies. openSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha 2 should be available for public testing sometime next week or the week after.