Chronicle in May

It’s been a very long time since you’ve heard from us on this blog. Now it’s time to give you some fresh news, because no matter what it seems, a lot of work has been done since then.

Organization

Many teams — the dev and QA teams in particular — are now working on a schedule for the upcoming Mageia 8. It is now available online. It seems this summer is going to be all about testing our new release!

You can already take part in the testing and check if all of our Drak tools are functioning properly, and help the QA team. The coming months should allow us to report any new bugs or update existing reports in our Bugzilla. If you are comfortable working with Perl, your coding skills will be much appreciated to help correcting all the known bugs in our Drak tools.

Infrastructure

Our “Mageia Planet” — which agregates blog articles from our active users — has just been updated and is now up and running. We have also updated the list of blogs that are featured on Mageia Planet. Please let us know if you are the owner of a blog about Mageia which can be added! Our main blogs version was also updated.

What is boiling in Cauldron?

The new 0.15 version of LXQt is now available. New versions of LXQt don’t come out so often, and we think this one could be interesting. What are your first impressions about it?

Also, we’ve got a lot of nice little dishes that are being prepared for the upcoming Menu… Plasma 5.18 LTS along with KDE 20.04 applications, Gnome 3.36, Cinnamon 4.6, all of which will be served with kernel 5.6…

Mageia 7 updates

A security alert has been published concerning our current version of LibreOffice, which is also EOL at the end of the month… Therefore, LibreOffice’s latest version 6.4.4 has been built and is currently being thoroughly tested.

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Mageia 6 End of Life – Time to Upgrade

As you know, Mageia 7 was released this summer, followed shortly after by Mageia 7.1. It is time to say goodbye to Mageia 6 – updates have stopped, including security updates.
As usual, before the upgrade, do a backup of your data and documents.
You have a couple of ways to install Mageia 7:

1. Do a clean installation from Classical or Live media. In this case, you will keep the data in your /home if it is in a separate partition, as is usually the case – but do check! The root partition will be formatted during the installation process.

2. Upgrade from the command line, as described in our release notes.

3. Upgrade through the applet in the system tray. This option was disabled until recently as conflicts prevented the upgrade from completing successfully. These have been resolved, so you will now be offered an upgrade when you next update your Mageia 6 system.


Whichever method you choose, we highly recommend that you upgrade your system, as Mageia 6 is no longer supported and is no longer receiving any security updates.

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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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