All things come to those who wait

And we’ve all waited long enough for Mageia 5 RC: go grab it!

While you wait for the download to complete, all restless and eager that you are to try this new release, let’s talk a bit about this release candidate: what can you expect of it, and why did it take so long?

UEFI support – for real

Mageia’s developers have been hard at work during this release cycle to add UEFI support to our installer, while the QA contributors were thoroughly testing everything that they could on their hardware. We are now proud to announce that you can install Mageia on UEFI systems fairly easily, using either our Live media or the classical installer (except from the DualDVD which does not support UEFI).

This is now the trial by fire for the main feature of Mageia 5: if you have a UEFI system, please try this release candidate in as many configurations as possible (dual boot with Windows or with other Linux distributions, etc.). And then please report any bug that you may encounter; we managed to get rid of most of the bugs noticed during this long pre-release testing, but our QA testers have relatively limited hardware resources.

Spring cleaning in the installer

Though it’s probably the most awaited feature, UEFI support is not the only improvement that was made in our installer, DrakX. The intensive testing done by the QA team over the last months brought a good deal of long-standing bugs to light, and a lot of work has been poured into fixing these issues: RAID support, GRUB 2 integration, graphical issues linked to GTK+ 3 evolutions, more logging and debugging features for urpmi and the installer… you name it!

For instance, we improved the default partitioning features to better reflect the needs of our users: the ready-made options to “erase and use the entire disk” or “use the free space” will now create a bigger root partition (up to 50 GB if you have a ton of free space, against 12 GB in previous releases). The “use free space on a Windows partition” option will also be less shy of using free space on NTFS partitions, letting you have a comfortable root partition if you want to install several desktop environments or some of the nice open source games shipped with Mageia 5.

Our most tested release so far

With over two months of development and testing, this release candidate is our most tested release so far, and we do hope that it will make Mageia 5 our most stable and mature release. The freeze period has been longer than anticipated, so you won’t find the most recent packages such as Kernel 4.0; on the other hand we are pretty confident that we have reached a good compromise between being cutting-edge and stable. Our packagers kept working on providing important bugfix releases and security fixes, while trying to make sure not to add any avoidable regression, and all in all Mageia 5 should satisfy both casual and power users.

An impressive team work between the devs and the QA testers

The testing period for this release candidate was like an endless game of table tennis, with developers on one side working hard on fixing release critical issues, and ISO testers on the other side, always running into new (and old) issues and making sure that the bug fixes were effective. A big thanks to all those involved in this tiring but rewarding testing period; we definitely set a new record with 9 rounds of RC ISOs tested over two months!

Special kudos to our QA team, and especially its newest members who joined during the Mageia 5 release cycle, for managing to keep testing update candidates for Mageia 4 while working on the RC ISOs.

Now it’s your turn

With so much development done between our 3rd beta and this release candidate, there is a lot to test and we need as much hardware covered as possible, especially to test UEFI support and other installer changes. So grab your copy, prepare your booting device and get started with Mageia 5 RC! Please have a look at the errata too, since there are already known issues that we couldn’t fix yet, and report any bug that affects you and that you can’t find in the errata or our Bugzilla.

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Mageia at the Chemnitz Linux Days 2015

CLT2015On Saturday 21st and Sonday 22nd of March, Mageia will be present at the Chemnitz Linux Days 2015 (Chemnitzer Linux-Tage, CLT 2015).

As longstanding exhibitors we are glad to participate once again to one of the biggest free software community meeting in Germany after one year of absence. There you will have the possibility to get a preview of our upcoming Mageia 5 release and discuss all aspects of the Mageia project.

The wide program contains a lot of different talks, workshops for young and old and a lot of other interesting projects will present their work. You will find the complete program here.

We are looking forward to see you at the CLT 2015!

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Mageia at the Free Software Days in Lyon (JDLL 2015)

jdllOn Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of March, the association for the development of free information technology of Lyon (France) organises a two-days event called Free Software Days (actually, it’s “Les Journées du Logiciel Libre”, in French), also known as JDLL.

Users and contributors of Mageia will hold a stand there, as they do every year since the distribution started. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet each other, and you will also find some goodies like tee-shirts and stickers of your favorite distribution. If you happen to live near Lyon or are passing by, join us for a talk!

There will also be conferences and workshops. The program and other practical information can be found at the JDLL’s website: http://www.jdll.org.

The whole event is free and will be mostly French-speaking. But if you don’t speak that language you’ll find people able to talk in English too.

See you soon! And for others: prepare to test the Mageia 5 Release Candidate (RC) as soon as it is available. Let’s make it a wonderful release!

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Bad luck or Valentine gift: Mageia 5 beta 3 is out!

uselessThe release date was a close call between Friday, the 13th and Valentine’s day… but finally, Mageia 5 beta 3 is available for tests. You will find more information about it on the Release Notes page.

The road was long and strewn with pitfalls, but the Mageia community is just great and the ISOs are finally available.

After a looooong meeting dedicated to the review of all release critical bugs, a lot of fixes were released that allowed us to finalize beta 3.

EFI is now supported properly on all 64-bits ISOs, but we still need your feedbacks on this.

This is now the home stretch. We do need your help more than ever. Please report any problems that you experience in the forums, mailing lists or, preferably, in Bugzilla. Also, don’t forget to check the Errata.

(Image source: xkcd)

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Fosdem 2015, looking back with pleasure.

It’s one week later, but we’re still full of inspiration from the great time we had at FOSDEM.

We’ve been very privileged to be able to be there (again), to meet one another, to meet many interested visitors at our booth, to meet great people from other projects, to go to talks on a wide variety of Open Source related subjects, to have the General Assembly, to work together on bugs and improvements, to enjoy the Mageia dinner together.

Hey, did I just finish my report? 😉

You’ll want to know more. Who of us were there? Check our wiki page: https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Fosdem_2015

Some others would have been there, too, but were hindered by circumstances that suddenly occurred. Many more would have been there, if they hadn’t lived too far away or been too busy with other things that must come first, or if the costs hadn’t been too high.

We hope that one day (one FOSDEM) it’ll be possible for all who’d like to, to be there!

It was very nice to meet some contributors we had never met before, and to enjoy their very positive input. 

It was just as nice to see all contributors we had already met before, and to enjoy their everlasting good spirits.

And it was great to meet many Mageia users and people who wanted to learn more about Mageia.

Colin and tmb spent much of their time attending talks about key components in Mageia, catching up with various upstream projects and people. In between they’ve been working in the back of our booth (tmb even managed to push new kernels to Mageia 4 updates_testing) and kindly responding to requests we had (For who doesn’t know: they are sysadmins and also maintain very important core packages, so they get more than their share of questions and requests).

All who helped at the booth did a very good job managing it and supplying information, CDs and stickers to visitors and selling Mageia t-shirts to those who liked to have one. Saturday was a remarkably busy day at the stand. It was good to notice that visitors who had never heard of Mageia before, have become rare.

Ennael miraculously managed to keep the General Assembly within the one-hour time frame we had, at the same time leading it into being a very constructive, but also relaxed, meeting, in spite of the fact that we could have used some more time. A link to a summary of the GA will be added later.

Before and after the GA, too, many of us have used the time together to work on improving Mageia, ranging from improving a buggy script to finding a solution for unwanted greylisting of a contributor to working on AdminPanel (the libyui port of our drakxtools), and much more.

Of course there was also time for meals (and Mageia Dinner!) together, for enjoying Belgian beers and even for long walks for those who enjoy that. In general: there was plenty of time for having fun together, and we fully used and enjoyed that time.

We hope we’ll meet you there next year!

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