Linux News Today: openSUSE Tumbleweed Linux Is Now Entirely Built Using GCC 6 as Compiler
Last week, we reported on the fact that the GCC 6 migration for the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system was almost over and that the next snapshot would be a massive one moving everything to the GCC 6 compiler.
openSUSE Project’s Dominique Leuenberger sent his weekly report at the end of last week to inform the community about what landed in the last three snapshots released during the week of June 6, 2016, and what would be coming next for users of the rolling release GNU/Linux distribution.
“It has been a very busy week, but it has shown how much enthusiasm every contributor puts into Tumbleweed,” said Dominique Leuenberger in his weekly report. “Starting with Snapshot 0614 (or any higher number, in case openQA won’t agree) the entire distribution is built using GCC 6 as compiler.”
Tumbleweed snapshot 20160621 brings KDE Applications 16.04.2
We’ve searched the Tumbleweed mailing list for a newer snapshot since then, and only on June 22 was the Tumbleweed snapshot 20160621 released, which means that the entire distribution is now using the GCC 6 compiler by default. The changelog clearly indicates the GCC6 (5.3.1+r234891 -> 6.1.1+r236988) upgrade.
Not only has GCC 6 been enabled, but users are also getting the entire KDE Applications 16.04.2 software suite for their KDE Plasma 5.6 desktop environments, and, of course, many other goodies, such as Wireshark 2.0.4, Xen 4.7, Wine 1.9.12, GraphicsMagick 1.3.24, and more.
That being said, openSUSE Tumbleweed has been successfully moved to GCC 6, and it looks like there are many other new GNU/Linux technologies incoming, such as Qt 5.6.1 with various important bug fixes, KDE Framework 5.23.0, TeXLive 2016, and last but not least, Git 2.9.0.
Therefore, we recommend that you update your openSUSE Tumbleweed installation as soon as possible to get all the goodies mentioned above, and be aware of the fact that it will be a rather large update. Always keep your Tumbleweed installation up to date!