OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 Beta to be Rolled Out

In this update, the Clang compiler used to build packages has been updated to the LLVM 9.0 branch
13 January 2020   131

A beta release of the OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 distribution has been generated. The project is being developed by the community after Mandriva S.A. handed over the project management to the non-profit organization "OpenMandriva Association". For download, a live assembly of 2.7 GB (x86_64) is proposed.

In the new version, the Clang compiler used to build packages has been updated to the LLVM 9.0 branch. In addition to the standard Linux kernel compiled into GCC (package "kernel-release"), a version of the kernel was compiled in Clang ("kernel-release-clang"). Clang in OpenMandriva is already used as the default compiler, but so far the kernel has had to be built in GCC. Now to build all the components you can do only Clang. The new kernel versions of Linux 5.4, Glibc 2.30, Qt 5.14.0, KDE Frameworks 5.65, KDE Plasma 5.17.4, KDE Applications 19.12 are involved. The number of desktop environments available for installation has been expanded. As an alternative package manager, Zypper is proposed.

Get more at official website.

Linux 5.5 Kernel to be Released

The new version release took 2 months and it has adopted 15505 patches from 1982 developers and 44% of chages relates to device drivers
27 January 2020   206

After two months of development, Linus Torvalds introduced the Linux 5.5 kernel release. Among the most notable changes: the ability to assign alternative names to network interfaces, the integration of cryptographic functions from the Zinc library, the ability to mirror more than 2 disks in Btrfs RAID1, the mechanism for monitoring the status of Live patches, the kunit unit testing framework, the increased performance of the mac80211 wireless stack, the ability to access to the root partition via the SMB protocol, type verification in BPF.

The new version adopted 15505 patches from 1982 developers, the patch size is 44 MB (the changes affected 11781 files, 609208 lines of code were added, 292520 lines were deleted). About 44% of all the changes presented in 5.5 are related to device drivers, about 18% of changes are related to updating the code specific to hardware architectures, 12% are connected to the network stack, 4% to file systems and 3% to internal kernel subsystems.

As always, new version brought the significant number of changes and improvements, you can check them at the official mainling at the LWM.