Linux News Today: openSUSE Tumbleweed Prepares for GCC 6, Users Get Linux Kernel 4.5.2, Mesa 11.2
The openSUSE Project today, May 4, 2016, published details about the latest major open-source components that landed in the main software repositories of the openSUSE Tumbleweed distro recently.
There were many snapshots released for openSUSE Tumbleweed during the past month, which brought in the latest software versions, including, but not limited to, Linux kernel 4.5.2, Mesa 11.2.1 3D Graphics Library, Oracle VirtualBox 5.0.18, Snapper 0.3.2, LibreOffice 22.214.171.124, Wireshark 2.0.3, and perl-Bootloader 0.912.
Additionally, it looks like the gettext-runtime has been updated to version 0.19.7, the brand-new GStreamer 1.8.0 multimedia backend also landed, and updated versions of the libzypp, libvirt, and sssd libraries have been added too. Among other updated packages, we can mention AutoYast2 3.1.125, Kiwi 7.03.67, AppArmor 2.10.1, and cpupower 4.6.
openSUSE Tumbleweed will be upgraded to GCC 6 soon
The list of updated software packages for openSUSE Tumbleweed continues with kernel-firmware 20160421, which provided an updated firmware file for Intel Bluetooth 8265 driver, the latest Wine 1.9.9 free implementation of Windows on Unix, as well as perl-Image-ExifTool 10.15.
However, it looks like big changes are coming to the rolling edition of the acclaimed openSUSE Linux operating system, Tumbleweed, as the development team prepares to update the entire system to the latest GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6 compiler, which means that numerous packages will have to be rebuilt.
“After an entire full rebuild last week, openSUSE Tumbleweed is shifting its focus to another area,” said Douglas DeMaio in today’s announcement. “Tumbleweed is planning to switch the compiler to GCC 6, and if all goes well, according to Dominique Leuenberger, it might be available in a few weeks, but will certainly trigger another full rebuild.”
GCC 6 should land in openSUSE Tumbleweed in the coming week, along with the recently released Qt 5.6 GUI toolkit, which most of the users of this GNU/Linux distribution were waiting for. In the meantime, make sure that you update your openSUSE Tumbleweed installation to get all the goodies mentioned above.