First step reached for Mageia 5: alpha 1 is available for tests

Time has come again for ISO testing!

Here is the first step towards Mageia 5. Most of your favorite software has been updated to their latest versions. There is still a long road ahead, but all in all, this first alpha is in rather good shape.

You can have a look at planned features for Mageia 5 for more details. Work is in progress. Stay tuned!

This first development release is dedicated to our friend Thomas (aka tmb), we wish him good health and to be back soon!

More information about alpha 1:

As a reminder, here are the planned release dates for Mageia 5:

  • Alpha 1: 2014/07/08
  • Alpha 2: 2014/08/04
  • Beta 1: 2014/09/30
  • Beta 2: 2014/10/31
  • Release Candidate: 2014/11/21
  • Internal release: 2014/12/12
  • Final Release: 2014/12/19

Enjoy this new release!

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Mageia 5 artwork call: important update

Due to a recent change in Flickr’s login and upload policies, it is no longer possible to use Facebook or Google accounts to access the group. Users must now sign up for and log in with a Yahoo account.

While our ultimate goal is an internal solution for artwork collections, more pressing needs have made this a lower priority.

We had hoped to have a system in place by the time that this switch occurred, however, building ISOs for the upcoming Alpha 1 of Mageia 5 has kept the sysadmin team busy.

In the meantime, please continue to use Flickr, or, if you don’t have or don’t want to create a Yahoo account, feel free to email your work to artwork@group.mageia.org.

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Mageia and you at the 15th LSM

vignette_RMLL_250x250 The 15th Libre Software Meeting is coming up!

LSM (in French RMLL for « Rencontres mondiales du logiciel libre ») is a non-commercial cycle of conferences, round tables and workshops based on Libre Software and its uses. Its aim is to provide a platform for Libre Software users, developers and stakeholders as well as any visitor.

We’ll be there, holding a booth to demonstrate Mageia, talk about it with the visitors, maybe do some live installs… and of course be friendly and meet with fellow users and contributors!

The event lasts the week from July 5th to the 11th, and it is held in Montpellier, in the South of France. Mageia will be present there the whole time, so come anytime!

It’s a great chance to show your face for Mageia or to meet some of the people behind it, so don’t miss the opportunity if you are in the region of Montpellier!

For more details or to get in touch with the people who will represent Mageia at the LSM:

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Pulling Mageia 4.1 out of the hat

While most of the world is turned towards Brazil to enjoy the World Cup, Mageia has been preparing its own major worldwide event: Mageia 4.1 has been released!

If you were not expecting it, you might wonder what this unnanounced 4.1 version is. It is a maintenance release for Mageia 4 which contains all security and bugfix updates that were issued since the release in February 2014. In particular, the Mageia 4 ISO images were affected by an upstream syslinux bug which prevented installation using a burned DVD on some older hardware. Among the updated packages you will find the Linux kernel (version 3.12.21), various drivers for your hardware, and updated software such as Libreoffice and Firefox. Another notable update is the fix for the well-known “Heartbleed” bug of OpenSSL.

Please note that the Mageia 4.1 version tag concerns only the respin of the ISO images: the actual release that gets installed is still Mageia 4, with all ofthe updates that had been released by early June. This means that if you are already running Mageia 4 and performing updates regularly, you are not required to do anything since your system is already up-to-date. The Mageia 4.1 maintenance release is meant for new installations and upgrades from Mageia 3.

The download links on the website have been updated, so if you were waiting for the dust of the release to settle before upgrading to Mageia 4, now is the right time!

This maintenance release could only happen thanks to the dedicated work of the QA team. They had to test these new ISO images on various hardware while also testing and validating the regular updates for Mageia 3 and 4. This was a daunting task, even more so since the QA team is understaffed.

As you know, Mageia is 100% made by its community, and that means that you are also part of those who can make Mageia. So don’t hesitate to get in touch with the QA team if you would like to help and give us a hand. There are tasks for everyone in the QA team, from testing bugfixes and security updates to the upcoming Mageia 5 Alpha1 ISO images! If QA is not to your taste, then try one of the other teams instead.

Speaking of which, the other Mageia contributors have not been idle while the QA team was preparing this new set of ISO images: Mageia 5 is already in the making, with the first alpha arriving in July! We haven’t communicated much about it until now, but you will soon get all of the information you have been craving.

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Mageia 5: Time to rock your artistic skills!

Mageia delivers a Linux experience that is beautiful as well as functional, and Mageia 5 will be no exception. At the Artwork team (now part of the Atelier Team) we take our visual aspect very seriously. With your help and input, we always seek to produce a look and feel that’s aesthetically pleasing and professional.

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Credit: http://xkcd.com

We’d like to see your stunning, original artwork that can form the basis for Mageia 5 wallpapers, installer and launcher elements, website design, the Mageia Welcome Screen, and so much more.

Your work could become a major part or Mageia 5′s visual appearance.

Please submit your artwork, in png format (no jpgs, gifs or bmps), to the Mageia 5 Flickr drop. Your source files (xcf or svg) should be available if requested.

The artwork that you submit must be original – we give credit to our contributors!

Wallpaper submissions should be no less than 3,200 by 2,400 px at a minimum 72 dpi resolution, in order to accommodate a wide variety of monitors. The wallpaper should also be able to be cropped to other ratios (e.g. 16:9) without compromising the design.

The Mageia “signature” wallpaper, in particular, has typically been an abstract digital artwork rather than a photograph — easier for use in other system elements — that incorporates the colours in the Mageia logo. Please keep this in mind if you want your wallpaper to be chosen for the default wallpaper.

We’re also open to your ideas for icon sets and other user experience elements; feel free to get in touch with your ideas.

Again, to be considered for inclusion, you need to let us have your high-resolution source file (xcf or svg), so that it can be cropped or resized later if needed. You can upload a png sample to the Flickr group, but we will need your source file before the final decision is made.

Please refer to Mageia’s artwork guidelines, available now on the Mageia Wiki . These guidelines, we hope, will make it easier for you to create original artwork, which we can use and redistribute as part of sharing and spreading the word about Mageia. The guidelines cover the Official Mageia Logo, colour scheme, website motif, fonts, wallpaper and other elements. The Mageia official logo is also covered by our Trademark Policy.

Take a moment to learn the rules, then, jump in and create with us!

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