Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,
The latest snapshot, 20160308, has been fully built by OBS and tested by openQA. It has not been released to the users, due to an identified issue:
! ! ! i586 systems fail to boot ! ! !
The changes in the snapshot would lead to believe that the kernel update to version 4.4.4 is at fault but unfortunately the problem is deeper nested.
In fact, the issue sneaked into the 0305 snapshot, when binutils 2.26 was checked in (this is also not really confirmed, but based on current findings, everything points in this direction).
The binutils update did not cause the kernel to be rebuilt, thus there is no problem on any system having updated to binutils 2.26 - as long as they don't build their kernel for an i586 system
There are a couple people working on finding the reason for this break and, more importantly, a solution for it. Until that moment, I'm afraid, we won't be able to release any Tumbleweed Snapshot (except if we all agree and accept that i586 is of no importance to Tumbleweed and we can live with this breakage).
The obvious 'revert' paths are not as simple as I wish they were: * Reverting to kernel 4.4.3 - won't help, as it will still be rebuilt with binutil 2.26, thus having the same issue * Reverting to binutils 2.25 - I had to do that already once in a staging and it took like 2 weeks to recover - as gcc is built against binutils 2.26 and won't be able to link anything once binutils 2.25 is being used - making bootstrapping a complete pain (it's easier moving forward in versions than backwards).
So, until a proper / good fix is found, I ask all the i586-interested people to find the time and donate their resources to actually make this work again... this is THE opportunity to show that the community wants i586 to survive.
PS: all findings are documented in bugzilla, https://bugzilla.opensuse.org/show_bug.cgi?id=970239