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Systemd 249 Has Another Chance For Testing Before Release
As previously noted the systemd 249 update is coming with many new features. Some of the systemd 249 highlights include:
- Systemd-sysusers and systemd-firstboot now supports querying information from the credential subsystems.
- The systemd-repart partition configurations have a new "MakeDirectories=" option to create arbitrary directories inside file-systems as they are created.
- The /etc/os-release file has new optional variables of IMAGE_VERSION= and IMAGE_ID= around operating system image information.
- Changes to the --image= switch handling for the likes of systemd-nspawn and systemd-dissect to allow for "simple and generic whole-file-system A/B updates" where new operating system versions are dropped into partitions.
- A new udev hardware database for FireWire devices.
- The native Journal protocol is now properly documented.
- Various DHCP server improvements.
- systemd-detect-virt can now correctly identify Amazon EC2 environments.
Last week's RC2 also added the ConditionOSRelease directive. Now with systemd 249-rc3 there are a few more fixes in trying to button things up ahead of the official roll-out. In RC3 there are some updates around timezone handling, dropping an old workaround for XGI Z7/Z9 graphics cards, reverting of the new ExitType functionality, and other mostly small fixes.
Those wanting to help in testing systemd 249-rc3 can find the latest sources for this test candidate via GitHub.