Weekly Roundup 2018 – Weeks 14 & 15

Many thanks for your patience! This is turning into a bi-weekly roundup lately, but we’ll try to get it back on track very soon.

Team leader elections are happening: Donald and Filip continue to lead Atelier, Papoteur leads Docteam, Yuri leads i18n and the process is underway for all teams. We’ll know the make-up of the Council in the coming days – thanks to Marja for the updates. After that, we’ll be finding out the new composition of the Board. All should be in place by early May.

The Great Plasma Update is almost there: it includes updates of the KF5, Plasma, KDE applications, LXQT and the underlying QT stacks. It’s currently waiting for the LXQT stack to be fixed. It’s a massive number of packages. We’re hoping it will be moved into updates within the week. Once that’s done, Mageia 6.1 will happen soon after.

Lots of update advisories came through in the last 2 weeks. If you’d like to check these between roundups, don’t forget you can go to Mageia Advisories. As usual, they have mostly been Mageia 6 security updates and only Mageia 6 bugfixes:

Security

  • samba Mga5, 6
  • libvncserver Mga5, 6
  • php Mga5, 6

All the others are Mga6

  • nx
  • cfitsio
  • nmap
  • ntp
  • aubio
  • 389-ds-base
  • acpica-tools
  • puppet
  • openssl

Bugfixes (Mga6 only):

  • pngcheck
  • cargo, rust
  • openconnect, networkmanager-openconnect
  • rpm

… and at least 866 package notifications came through the cauldron updates list in the last two weeks. Madb (Cauldron updates) has all this information between roundups.

Remember also the other resources: the Mageia AppDB, PkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening.

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Weekly Roundup 2018 – Weeks 12 & 13

Apologies for the wait between roundups – life has a way of taking over, sometimes; anyway, here’s the latest.

Since the last Roundup there have been quite a few updates coming through. You’ll see there are still a few security updates still coming in for Mga5, and that some kernel and microcode updates have also come through for Mageia 6.

QA tests of the update of Plasma in Mageia 6 are getting better and better, but there are still some bugs remaining. Martin’s qarepo package has been updated to v1.3 only a couple of days ago, making testers’ lives a little easier; hopefully this will help with huge meta-packages like Plasma. Once Plasma is sorted, and any fallout bugs are fixed, the path to both Mageia 5 to Mageia 6, and Mageia 6.1 will be a lot clearer.

Here’s the list of packages that had advisories over the past two weeks:

Security

  • xerces-c  – Mga5
  • squirrelmail  – Mga5, Mga6
  • libvorbis  – Mga5, Mga6
  • shadow-utils – Mga5, Mga6
  • SDL_image, mingw-SDL_image – Mga5, Mga6
  • sqlite3 – Mga5, Mga6
  • libtiff – Mga5, Mga6
  • python-pycrypto – Mga5, Mga6
  • flash-player-plugin – Mga6
  • libvirt – Mga6
  • net-snmp – Mga6
  • mailman – Mga6
  • exempi – Mga6
  • jupyter-notebook Mga6
  • microcode Mga6
  • leptonica, mingw Mga6
  • sharutils Mga6
  • bugzilla Mga6
  • kernel, kernel-userspace-headers, kmod-vboxadditions, kmod-virtualbox, kmod-xtables-addons, wireguard-tools Mga6

Bugfixes – all Mga6

  • glu
  • lame
  • numlock
  • nvidia-current, ldetect-lst
  • voxelands
  • zbar

As always, you can check for yourself on Mageia Advisories, the Mageia AppDB, PkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening. For Cauldron updates, the link is http://madb.mageia.org/rpm/list/listtype/updates/release/cauldron
– remember to click on the Applications drop-down to see all packages including libraries.

Update: correction from “upgrade from KDE4 to Plasma” to Plasma Update

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Weekly roundup 2018, Week 11 and CLT!

Very small Roundup this week, so there will be space for the CLT report and pics – thanks Marc for writing this up!

Loads of updates through; as always, you can check for yourself on Mageia Advisories, the Mageia AppDBPkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening.

Review of Chemnitzer Linux Days 2018

As mentioned in a previous posting, we have been to CLT – now we’re back from Chemnitz and looking back on an amazing event.

We were there with four attendees at the booth, and we welcomed a lot of nice and friendly people, and had some interesting discussions. We brought back some insights from users from outside our channels: some of them reported rock stable updates and also installation of old hardware without any issues. This deserves a big thank-you to our packagers and QA, which are testing updates and isos also on very old hardware, which is honoured by the users.

However there is also some not-so-good news: we are not as well known in Germany as we would like to be. There are still a lot of people who know Ubuntu, RedHat, Fedora etc, some of them still know Mandriva from previous times, but the young people even did not know our ancestors. So what we can do to increase our degree of popularity?

Nevertheless we would like to thank the CLT team  for this perfectly organised event (the exhibitors call it “Chemnitzer Catering Days (with Linux talks)”), the interesting talks and the opportunity to show our great distribution. See you next year…

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Weekly Roundup 2018: Weeks 9 & 10

Finally, another Roundup!

Updates

706 packages came into updates/testing in the last two weeks! If ever you thought of helping out the QA team, now would be a really good time. Here are the updates that have come through since the previous Roundup:

Security (only one for Mga5):

libraw, mbedtls, shadowsocks-libev, bctoolbox, hiawatha, dolphin-emu, 389-ds-base, tor, dovecot, glibc, xerces-c, xv, phpmyadmin, krb5, leptonica, libvirt, python-libvirt, TiMidity++ (also for Mga5), wireshark, tomcat-native, tomcat, ioquake3

Bugfix (Mga6 only):

x11-driver-video-ati, perl-Youri-Package, rpmlint-mageia-policy, mhonarc, kmod-vboxadditions, kmod-virtualbox, virtualbox, mesa, libdrm, networkmanager-applet, kmymoney, kernel-firmware-nonfree, libdvdcss

As always, you can check for yourself on Mageia Advisories, the Mageia AppDB, PkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening.

Mageia AppDB – granular searches

When you first open MageiaAppDB and click on Updates in the left-hand menu, you see the default settings: But you can get lots more granular information using the set of drop-down menus across the top of the packages list:First click More at the far right, and then you can apply a lot more filters to your search. For instance, to see what updates our kernel magician tmb has updated in Cauldron kernels recently:

As you add more filters, you should see changes in your browser address bar, so you can also bookmark particular searches.

Enjoy!

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Chemnitz Linux Days 2018 – And Mageia is part of it.

We are happy to announce, that, as in previous years, we will present our amazing distribution at the Chemnitz Linux Days 2018 (Chemnitzer Linux Tage, CLT) on the 10th and 11th of March. This is one of the biggest OpenSource exhibitions in Germany. This year also a very special year, as it’s the 20th anniversary. We are happy to celebrate this anniversary together, as we have been part of Chemnitzer Linux Days  many times before.

This year’s slogan is “Everyone starts once” (original: “Jeder fängt mal an”) and we love this slogan, because it fits us in many ways:

  1. One of the Mageia’s goals is to be easy  for beginners  to start into the Linux world, yet provide many things experts will want.
  2. Also becoming part of our community, and starting to contribute to this magical community is very easy
  3. We also like to think back to those days when we started our community and distribution seven years ago. We started with a lot of passion but also faced some difficulties. We can look back and be proud of what we have achieved in all those years, especially  without any company supporting us…

But back to the CLT: as always there are plenty of interesting talks, and a lot of amazing projects are showing their work and contribution to the open source community . Also for the kids there is a lot to discover. If you become interested in Linux and Mageia in particular, or if you are already an old hand in the area of open source, you are very welcome to come around and take a look at the diverse program.

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