On June 6, 2016, openSUSE Project’s Dominique Leuenberger wrote on the openSUSE Tumbleweed’s mailing list a quick review of the major software updates that landed in the week that just passed for the rolling release distribution.

Those of you who are currently using the openSUSE Tumbleweed OS on your personal computers, are aware of the fact that there were a total of four snapshots released last week, which brought many exciting new GNU/Linux technologies, such as the Linux 4.6 kernel, the KDE Applications 16.04.1 software suite for the KDE Plasma 5.6 desktop environment, and the Perl 5.24.0 packages.

“As is normal for openSUSE, we are somewhat ‘linked’ to the numbers ‘4’ and ‘2’ – so it can’t be a surprise that this week we released 4 snapshots – I’ll see if I can make up something for the ‘2’ as I go along,” said Dominique Leuenberger in his latest announcement. “The snapshots considered for this review are 0526, 0529, 0530 and 0531 and there were quite some big expected things landing.”

The GCC 6 migration is still in progress

But, the most important part of Mr. Leuenberger review was the revealing of some of the major features and core components coming to the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling OS via the next snapshots. Among these, there will be the recently announced Linux 4.6.1 kernel, QEMU 2.6.0 virtualization software, and the upcoming LibreOffice 5.2.0 office suite, which currently is in Beta stages of development.

In the meantime, the massive GCC 6 migration is still in progress for the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system, and, according to Dominique Leuenberger, it is getting closer to reality. The openSUSE Tumbleweed devs will only need to test the LibreOffice 5.2.0 office suite with the new GCC 6 compiler, as well as to fix the OpenCV library for the PPC64 (PowerPC 64-bit) hardware architecture.

In related news, the openSUSE Project announced the release of version 2.7 of their Open Build Service (OBS) solution for the distribution of binary package of various open-source software to many popular GNU/Linux operating systems. To see what’s new in OBS 2.7, please read our initial report.

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