KDE Gear, Plasma, systemd Update in Tumbleweed

There was one openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot this week out of five that brought an enormous amount of package updates for those using the rolling release.

Snapshot 20210904 brought updates for systemd, GTK4, Mesa, KDE’s Plasma and Gear and many other packages.

The most recent snapshot to be released was 20210908; it updated fuse3 3.10.5 and made various improvements to unit tests more robust for the Filesystem in Userspace package. The mpg123 1.29.0 update added an--enable-runtime-tables. An update of yast2 4.4.17 provided some maintenance for the systemd package that arrived earlier in the week. A few other packages like glslang 11.6.0, libstorage-ng 4.4.36 and pinentry 1.2.0 were also updated in the snapshot.

Snapshot 20210907 updated seven packages. The package manager zypper 1.14.49 made a change to avoid calling su as it can be too restrictive for sudo user umask. The package manager library libzypp also had an update to version 17.28.3, which had a policy modification for avoid the breaking of a single rpm transaction. The AV1 decoder package dav1d 0.9.2 had some Streaming SIMD Extensions 3 and SSE4 optimizations for x86_64. Other packages updated in the snapshot were geoclue2 2.5.7, mozilla-nss 3.69.1, supermin 5.2.1 and an update to plymouth.

The 20210906 snapshot had two package updates. The --nodst option for Docker’s local network driver MacVLAN was added in the iproute2 5.14 update. The package also added support for wireless wide area network devices. There were about four months worth of updates in the 20210901.1550 permissions update, which cleaned up some paths and updated the kdesud and ksgrd_network_helper paths.

The GTK4 4.4.0 update in snapshot 20210904 added support for the gnome-shell title bar gesture protocol and made a change to use harfbuzz for color-font information. An update to systemd 249.4 arrived in the snapshot; the new systemd version was extensively tested and and the dependencies needed for the update were added. Mesa 21.2.1 was the first bug-fix release in the mesa 21.2 series, which focused on fixes for fossilize_db. Both Mozilla Firefox 91.0.2 and Mozilla Thunderbird 91.0.3 were updated in the snapshot. The browser no longer clears authentication data when purging trackers; this was done to avoid repeatedly prompting for a password. The email client fixed some user experience setup issues and also pushed a fix that sometimes sent an unnecessary “SMTPUTF8”, which caused some servers to reject the email. KDE’s Plasma 5.22.5 fixed the handling of IPV6 addresses for ksystemstats, and it had multiple fixes for the Plasma Desktop that included a fix for the emoji picker and a fix for some inconsistent behavior involving hovering over the tooltip. KDE Gear 21.08.1 fixed a brightness-effect corruption in Kdenlive that was related to the GNU Compiler Collection. Gear also had a Konsole fix involving the closing of the split view. The Ethernet station-activity-monitor package arpwatch had a major version update to 3.1, which provided a notable upstream change of adding Python 2 compatibility to massagevendor. The Linux Kernel update to version 5.14.0, which updated and enabled configurations for ARMv6 and ARMv7. Other packages to update in the snapshot were Flatpak 1.11.3, hwdata 0.351, libvirt 7.7.0, php7 7.4.23, qemu 6.1.0 and several more.

The snapshot that began the week was 20210902. The Linux Bluetooth protocol bluez 5.61 provided a couple Advanced Audio Distribution Profile fixes and fixed an issue with storing discoverable settings. The disk encryption package cryptsetup updated to version 2.4.0 and provided backend support for OpenSSL3. Support for new distributions was added in the hplip 3.21.6 printing package and transactional-update 3.5.2 fixed overlay syncing errors with SELinux.