openSUSE 42.2 RC2 Released, Last Test Before Final

by Ostatic Staff - Nov. 03, 2016

Douglas DeMaio today announced the release of openSUSE Leap 42.2 Release Candidate 2, giving testers one last chance to report bugs before the final. Elsewhere, Linux developers were suffering under a DoS attack today while at the Linux Plumbers conference and Scott Gilbertson shared his thoughts on Arch Linux. Dedoimedo reviewed Yakkety Yak and Bertel King, Jr. found five reasons to try it.

"The development cycle for openSUSE Leap 42.2 Release Candidates (RC) is coming to an end, " Douglas DeMaio began today as he announced its release. This is the last chance to test before the final is delivered on November 16. He said the biggest change was separating out the Nouveau graphic driver to its own package because it is causing KDE to crash with NVIDIA video chips. Martin Graesslin identified why it was crashing, but folks will have to wait for upstream Nouveau developers to address it. If memory serves, it wasn't actually crashing, Mesa was waiting for some response that was never came making a complete halting appear like a crash. snapper performance has been improved for those using btrfs. KSnapshot has been replaced by Spectacle, which can do composite screenshots of pop-up elements along with any parent window, and Emerillon was replaced by GNOME Maps. Some of the packages included are:

* Linux 4.4.27
* Xorg X Server 1.18.3 or Wayland 1.9.0
* Plasma 5.8
* GNOME 3.20
* LibreOffice
* Firefox 49.0
* GIMP 2.8.18

Downloads are on and report those bugs if you find any. "Only 13 more days to go." Neil Rickert said it's "well on target" during his tests today.  In related news, a new Tumbleweed snapshot was also released today bringing a few changes.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reported earlier that Linux developers at the Linux Plumbers conference were suffering through a DoS attack today blocking any outside communications. He quoted attendee IBM's James Bottomley saying it wasn't a sophisticated attack, it was an old-fashioned SYN flood. They blamed the ISP for not implementing easy security measures to mitigate such attacks.

Dedoimedo today said that Ubuntu 16.10 "is a buggy release, full of regressions and sadness, and largely irrelevant in the wider scope of things. It's also another nail in the coffin for the Linux desktop, as it introduces even more problems and issues. The functionality that was there before is missing. Instead, we get weird choices that serve no purpose, and new core apps are just horrible." Despite that, MUO's Bertel King, Jr. identified five reasons to try it.

In other news:

* 5 reasons to opt for a Linux rolling distro vs. a standard release

* Arch Linux: In a world of polish, DIY never felt so good

* The Linux Setup - Bruce Byfield, Writer