Tumbleweed is rolling again

Opensuse Tumbleweed has been static since the 20150612 snapshot.  But today the 20150630 snapshot was released.  We are moving again.

As previously reported, the hold up was the switch to gcc5 and the need to recompile almost everything.  Be prepared for a large update.

On my main Tumbleweed install, the update installed 4437 packages.  That’s because I have Plasma5, Gnome, XFCE and LXDE desktops, and I also have latex installed.

The update when smoothly enough and after reboot the system continued to run well with the updates in place.

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About Neil Rickert

Mathematician and computer scientist who dabbles in cognitive science.

2 responses to “Tumbleweed is rolling again”

  1. vrm says :

    was it really necessary to compile all packages with gcc5 ? they could have been just compiled as needed when updates arrived, couldn’t they ?

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    • Neil Rickert says :

      I think the main problem is with C++ programs. They depend on libraries. Once you move to the new library version from gcc5, you need to compile anything that requires that library.

      I’m not sure why they could not have handled that with versioned libraries, except that it does become increasing complex.

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