Mageia infra maintenance

On Sunday September 29th, 2019, starting around 12.00 UTC there will be maintenance on the infra in order to upgrade it to Mageia 7.

That means Mageia websites, gitweb, svnweb, wiki, forum, mailinglists, mails to @mageia.org, … will be shut down…

Since there are several things that need upgrading, it will take atleast several hours, or even a day or so depending on possible issues to get it all finalized…

We will keep you updated about the progress here.

Update: September 29th, 2019 at 17.20 UTC: websites, bugzilla, gitweb, svnweb, mailinglists and mails to @mageia.org are now available. wiki and forum still under maintenance.

Update 2: September 29th, 2019 at 18.20 UTC: wiki is now online

Update 3: September 29th, 2019 at 19.50 UTC: forums are now online and that means the infra maintenance is now done.

Update 4: September 30th, 2019 at 05.40 UTC: there are some issues with posting bugs in bugzilla, and posting on forums… hopefully they will be resolved by the end of the day…

Update 5: September 30th, 2019 at 16.30 UTC: because of some issues with the forum software, we have reverted the upgrade on that vm for now. This so users can use the forums while we working on fixing the issues we hit.

Update 6: September 30th, 2019 at 19.00 UTC: Thanks to our Bugzilla wizard, Frédéric “LpSolit” Buclin, we now have a working bugzilla again.

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Mageia 7.1, Mageia 7 with Ryzen 3000 hardware support

The timing for Mageia 7, just prior to the recent release of the new AMD Ryzen 3000 series of CPU’s, didn’t play nicely. Namely, there was an issue with the system starting up on these new CPU’s that prevented any type of installation, except for a net install. So, the only solution was to release a new set of installation media, which are available to download here.

It’s very important to note that if you have a working system, there is nothing that you need to address. This release is primarily to fix installation on systems with the above CPU’s.

Update wise, Mageia 7.1 has a fixed version of systemd and all validated bugfix and security updates as of 2019/07/11. The core of the distribution remains untouched from Mageia 7.

You can read the full Mageia 7 release announcement here.

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Magical (lucky?) release number 7 has arrived

Everyone at Mageia is very happy to announce the release of Mageia 7. We all hope that the release works as well for you as it has during our testing and development.

There are lots of new features, exciting updates, and new versions of your favorite programs, as well as support for very recent hardware. The release is available to download directly, or as a torrent from here.

There are classical installer images for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, as well as live DVD’s for 64-bit Plasma, GNOME, Xfce, and 32-bit Xfce.

Don’t worry if you prefer another desktop, there is a huge selection available to install once you are online. Here is a good place to start if you are unsure about setting up your system. Full documentation is available here if you want more indepth information.

Upgrades from Mageia 6 are also supported in a number of ways. More information is available in the Release Notes.

Mageia 7 comes with a huge variety of desktops and window managers, improved support for Wayland and for hybrid graphics cards. On a more fun note, an effort was made to enhance gaming in Mageia, so there are many new upgrades and additions to the game collection.

Here are the versions of some of the major packages that ship with Mageia 7:

  • kernel 5.1.14
  • rpm 4.14.2
  • dnf 4.2.6
  • Mesa 19.1
  • Plasma 5.15.4
  • GNOME 3.32
  • Xfce 4.14pre
  • Firefox 67
  • Chromium 73
  • LibreOffice 6.2.3

The full list of included software can be seen in the Mageia Application Database.

Image credit – https://xkcd.com/1310/

There has also been good progress made on ARM support: aarch64 and ARMv7 have the core packages built and despite this still being experimental, most of the distribution has been built for these architectures.

We have completely reworked the Welcome screen to be nicer and simpler to follow. We hope this can help users with their first steps in using Mageia 7.

With Mageia 6, we introduced the DNF package manager, dnfdragora, as well as AppStream and the desktop software centers, along with support for building third-party packages in Fedora COPR and the openSUSE Build Service. We’re pleased to note that this will continue with Mageia 7! In addition, we’ve added Zchunk-compressed metadata for DNF and PackageKit, to enable fetching repository metadata updates so as to conserve bandwidth usage. For users of DNF and PackageKit on metered connections, this will be a great boon! For more details, check out the release notes. Finally, system upgrades from Mageia 6 to Mageia 7 using DNF are now supported! Details on the process to upgrade are in the release notes.

As with everything to do with Mageia, this release would not have happened without the help of our amazing community that gives their time to make everything we do possible. So, a huge hand is due to everyone that helped with packaging, development, testing, and doing QA on all of the packages and ISO’s, as well as to the translators, documentation team, sysadmins, artists, and everyone else that has helped to bring this release together. If this is something that you would like to be involved with, there is lots of good information available.

As always, please don’t forget to check release notes and errata.

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Mageia 7 RC released for testing

The Mageia Community is very happy to announce what will hopefully be the last release before Mageia 7 is final. We all hope that this release builds on the quality of the previous beta releases.
The release process so far has been smooth so we all hope that there are no new release critical bugs found here and that we can get Mageia 7 out into the wild shortly!

If you want to get involved with the final stage of testing, the ISO’s are available to download directly, and by torrent here.

Here are a few release highlights and package versions:

  • kernel 5.1.5
  • rpm 4.14.2
  • dnf 4.2.6
  • Mesa 19.1
  • Plasma 5.15.4
  • GNOME 3.32
  • Xfce 4.13.5
  • Firefox 67
  • Chromium 73
  • LibreOffice 6.2.3

More details about what is coming in Mageia 7 are available here.

Assuming that this release candidate doesn’t have any critical bugs, the final release ISO’s can be built, targeting final release in roughly a week or two.

We hope that the release works well for you, but if there are issues please report them to our bugzilla so that we can get around to sorting them for release. If you want to get involved in ISO testing, package or any other aspect of Mageia, there is lots of information here.

A huge hand to all of the people involved with getting this release out of the door, and to all of the testers for giving us the feedback that we have needed to get this release ready.

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Announcing Mageia 7 Beta 3

Everyone at Mageia is very happy to get the final beta release before Mageia 7 out for testing! We all hope that this release builds on the quality of the previous two beta releases and that with the extra tests from the community will put Mageia 7 in a good place for the coming release candidate.

There is still lots to be done before the final release, and the more tests that we can get, the better. There have been large updates to Qt and Plasma, as well as some other key components since beta 2, with the new artwork for Mageia 7 almost ready for integration too.

The ISO’s will be available to download directly, and by torrent here.

Here are a few release highlights and package versions:

  • kernel 5.0.7
  • rpm 4.14.2
  • Plasma 5.15.4
  • GNOME 3.32
  • Xfce 4.13
  • Firefox 66
  • Chromium 73
  • LibreOffice 6.2.2

More details about what is coming in Mageia 7 are available here.

The next step in the release will be the version freeze, where no new versions of packages are allowed without a valid exception, this will likely happen around April 23rd. Once this has happened, the release candidate builds will begin, targetting release around May 6th-12th. This will be followed by the release freeze, where no new package updates will be allowed unless to fix a release-critical issue. This will happen about a week after the release candidate release. Finally, the final release ISO’s can be built, targetting final release around the end of May depending on how long it takes to get a release quality ISO.

We hope that the release works well for you, but if there are issues please report them to our bugzilla so that we can get around to sorting them for release. If you want to get involved in ISO testing, package or any other aspect of Mageia, there is lots of information here.

A huge hand to all of the people involved with getting this release out of the door, and to all of the testers for giving us the feedback that we need to get Mageia 7 ready.

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