openSUSE Tumbleweed is now supported by Linux kernel 4.18


During the period of this week Douglas DeMaio made an announcement, in which he discloses that the Rolling Release version of openSUSE (openSUSE Tumbleweed) already has Linux kernel support 4.18.

Therefore, at the time of making this announcement, many of its users should have already received the notification of the available package and even should have already updated the system's Kernel.

For those readers who do not know openSUSE I can tell you that OpenSUSE is the name of the distribution and the free project sponsored by SUSE Linux GmbH (an independent division of The Attachmate Group), and AMD for the development and maintenance of an operating system based in GNU.

The Tumbleweed version is a Rolling Release version, that is, in continuous development without periodic updates, which allows users to have the latest software.

openSUSE Tumbleweed received updates this week

Despite the fact that this season is when many developers take a few days off, the guys in charge of openSUSE don't stop working all year long.

Y the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system continues to receive some of the latest updates of several of the open source tools that are part of the system.

Well during this week openSUSE developers released Kernel 4.18 this week, for openSUSE Tumbleweed which brings many new features.

And well as mentioned, during the course of this week some updates were released for openSUSE Tumbleweed users.

Douglas DeMaio, reported that the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system is now powered by a new and better kernel from the 4.18 series of the Linux Kernel and that in addition to that the system also received some of the latest Open Source technologies accompanied along with this new update.

Linux Kernel 4.18

En This new update of the Linux Kernel 4.18 offers us the following improvements:

  • Initial support for Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC.
  • Various power management improvements for AMDGPUs.
  • Initial support for NVIDIA GV100 Around the Nouveau DRM driver.
  • Security fixes for Specter V1 / V2 on 32-bit ARM.
  • Support for multiple new sound chips.
  • Enhancements for USB 3.2 and USB Type-C ports.
  • And many other changes.

About the update, Douglas DeMaio said the following:

«The latest snapshot of the system, which is 20180818, has been updated with the Linux kernel to version 4.18.0, with which many changes were brought to the kvm (kernel-based virtual machine), in addition to the netfilter nftables project reset as well as on standard backend with firewalld 0.6.1 and now nftables and iptables can coexist after a bugfix of kernel 4.18 'nat' table ".

Another improvement that the operating system received that can be highlighted in addition to that of Kernel 4.18 is that The operating system also received AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) video codec support, by updating FFMpeg 4.0.2.

Other updated packages that recently reached the openSUSE Tumbleweed software repositories include the Mozilla web browser Firefox version 61.0.2, the HTTP / server client library for libsoup for GNOME 2.62.3, Xen hypervisor 4.11.0, QEMU 2.12 virtualization software. 1, Krusader 2.7 and the Btrfs file system manager btrfsprogs 4.17.1.

Also worth mentioning are the ImageMagick, Strace 4.24, yast2-http-server 4.1.1 and yast2-storage-ng 4.1.4 packages.

How to update openSUSE Tumbleweed?

Finally, if they are users of the distribution they should only rely on the YaST tool to be able to obtain these new updates on their system without problems.

In the same way, from the terminal, you can update the packages with the following command:

sudo zypper up

sudo zypper dup

With this, they only have to wait for the download and update of the packages to complete.

At the end of this process all you have to do is reboot your system for the new Linux kernel to be loaded along with all the new system changes and can start your user session with these new changes.

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