For some time now, the KDE:Unstable:SC repository for openSUSE did not offer any new snapshot due to the work that was going into getting KDE 4.10 into the upcoming openSUSE 12.3 release. Now that the latest KDE 4.10 Release Candidate (RC2) was placed into the correct repositories, I found some time again to update the KDE:Unstable:SC to a new snapshot from KDE git-master (KDE 4.11). Of course at this moment not many changes are happening in git-master due to the polishing of the KDE 4.10 release (beginning of February).
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As also indicated on my Board Election Platform page (http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Board_election_2012_platform_rwooninck), one of the topics that I would like to change is the strategy plan/release goals for the upcoming openSUSE releases.
The issue as seen by me.
This afternoon the official start of the Campaign week for the openSUSE board was given. In total there are 8 candidates with all good credentials.
The last week it was a little hectic around the Chromium webbrowser. Initially I announced that the Chromium webbrowser would move from the openSUSE OBS to Packman due to dependencies on ffmpeg. Shortly after my announcement I was contacted by Ludwig Nussel from SUSE with the question what exactly the issue was and if it was not possible to find another solution in order to keep it part of the openSUSE Distribution.
Maybe some people already expected this to happen, but for me it is still a surprise that I actually did it. I put myself up as a candidate for the openSUSE Board.
IopenSUSE 12.2 got released some days ago and it seems that the plymouth integration is received very well. Even the openSUSE theme got good comments and is seen as sophisticated. This to my big surprise. :-) But i am very happy about it as that it proofs that we all did a good job. Unfortunately it seems that plymouth in combinztion with NVIDIA chipset can sometimes cause some unpleasant surprises. But lets hope we cn sort this out with the next release.
As that the pressure ix off again, i started to work on updates of KDE:Unstable:SC again. Yesterday kdegames was moved from svn to git and split out in seperate repositories. So a lot of new packages have to be created. Hopefully i can finish this soon, so that i can create a new snapshot this coming weekend.
Also Chromium saw a big chance recently. A couple of builds ago we noticed that chromium started to behave rathar crashy. Investigations showed that the our attempt to build with as much system libraries as possible failed. The chromium developers seemed to hsve r3ached the point where the system libraries are no longer compatible with the ones shipped with the chromium source. So as of two build, Chromium is now switched to utilize its full sourcecode. This resolved the issues and also the wotk required in keeping the opensuse patches up to date.
As some of you know, I have been working on plymouth support in openSUSE. This was a feature that was requested already some time ago, but nobody found the time to actually implement it.
I know that for quite some time the KDE:Unstable:SC repo didn’t contain any recent snapshots. The repo was used to test the 4.8.0 tarballs and since then no more updates took place.
After maintaining the Chromium browser in the openSUSE Contrib repositories, the last few weeks things got accelerated and as of this moment the Chromium browser has become officially part of openSUSE:Factory (the future 12.1).
A little warning to those that have switched over to the KDE:Unstable:SC repo. The target is that either tonight or tomorrow a new Trunk snapshot will be loaded in this repo. That would mean that the Unstable becomes unstable again :-)