Mageia at the Campus du Libre and at the Open Source Experience

We’re happy to announce two real-life events.

Mageia will be present again at the Campus du Libre in Lyon. The event will be held on Saturday 6 November 2021 from 10h till 17h30 on the Campus de la Doua, in the Nautibus building.

Thanks to DTux, alias DTux69, Mageia will also be present at the Open Source Experience on 9 & 10 November 2021 in the Palais des Congrès in Paris.

If you’re in France in November, these are excellent opportunities to meet some nice core members of Mageia.

Additional information, added on September 24, 16h01 UTC:

We’ll have a stand at both events, our members there will be happy to meet you, regardless of how experienced or inexperienced you are. You’re encouraged to visit the stand, especially if you have any questions regarding Mageia, if you’d like to contribute to our wonderful project, or if you’d simply like to meet other Mageians.

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Mageia at GUADEC 2021

In my recent blog post I shared that GNOME’s GUADEC 2021 is going to be online due Covid19-pandemic. Nevertheless, I am pleased to let you know that my workshop about Mageia GNOME has been accepted!

This workshop will give an introduction to Mageia GNOME and you will learn about the distribution itself on the 23rd of July at 18h30 UTC (at 19:30 British Summer Time (BST), 20h30 central europe time (CEST, Paris, Berlin, Rome…)) for about an hour.

I believe that this will be a fun time for all of us.
Here is the link: https://events.gnome.org/event/9/contributions/244/
If you don’t want to miss this event, please add it to your calendar.
See you there and stay healthy!

Cheers

Andi

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IRC channels migration

Since the start of the Mageia.Org project we have used several IRC channels as discussion rooms. The main advantage of this technology is that anyone can get in contact with us without any registration beforehand. Those channels were hosted on the Freenode network until recently. After various events, we decided to change to the new libera.chat irc server.

We were planning a soft transition along with the next Mageia release, but the recent technical problems on Freenode have forced us to make the change now. All of our channels on libera.chat are operational, though users who haven’t used it before will need to register with the irc.libera.chat server. It is currently not possible to connect on #mageia-* channels on Freenode’s servers.

There is a list of the available channels on this wiki page. People who want to ensure no one else uses the same nickname should register their nickname on the irc.libera.chat server. It still remains to update default server on most of our IRC clients and it may be possible that references to the Freenode network remain in few parts of our documentation. We will try and have the remaining references cleared up quickly.

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Mageia 7 will reach End of Support on 30th of June – “The king is dead, long live the king!”

Mageia 8 was released Feb 26th, 2021.
Mageia 7 will receive updates up until the 30th of June, including security updates. It is then highly recommended upgrading to Mageia 8 as soon as possible.

As usual, before the upgrade, do a thorough backup of your data and documents.

You have a few ways to install Mageia 8:

  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 release notes.
  3. Upgrade through the applet in the system tray.

Enjoy the ride with this newcomer in our community!

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Get involved with Mageia, become a Packager

With Mageia 8 just released and development for Mageia 9 getting underway in Cauldron, the unstable branch of Mageia, now is a great time to get involved with packaging.

We are starting to look at the features that we want to include for Mageia 9, and as it is so early in the development cycle, now is the time for major developments, or big updates to key pieces of software. This is a great time to join the project as you can propose features you would like to see, help to implement large changes or see how a distribution evolves through development, stabilisation and then is released.

If there is an application that you are interested in, if you want to help maintain part of the distribution, or if you want to learn something new, there are many opportunities to do so with the packaging team.
Those who have knowledge of rpm packaging that want to jump straight in might want to skip the next section and head over to the Becoming a Mageia Packager page here on the Mageia wiki.

Packaging a piece of software involves taking the source code from the upstream developer and turning it into something that is easily managed by the end-users of an installed Mageia system. This involves making sure that the package has all of the needed dependencies to both build and run correctly, as well as tuning the configuration of the build and installed software to be optimal for the Mageia ecosystem. This is done by writing a spec file that is used as a recipe to build an installable rpm package.

The layout of the spec file is very logical and can be followed with minimal programming experience. All that’s needed to get to grips with the basics are initiative, enthusiasm, and the will to learn. There is a good breakdown of what’s in a spec file and how it works here.

So, if you want to jump in and get involved, the next step is to make a Mageia account and follow the guide here. It will explain the next steps of getting set up and finding a mentor. There are also mailing lists and IRC channels (#mageia-dev) if you want to ask questions about what is involved.

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