Come and meet us at FOSDEM 2016 in Brussels

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The 2016 edition of the FOSDEM is approaching, and as usual Mageia will hold a booth there with many contributors and community members. It’s probably the biggest free software event in Europe, and also the event where Mageia has the biggest presence. It’s also our yearly occasion for the General Assembly of the Mageia.Org association which supports your favourite distro, plus the legendary Mageia dinner on Saturday evening where you are of course all very welcome! :-)

The event takes place in Brussels on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st of January at the ULB Solbosch Campus (Université libre de Bruxelles), and our booth will be as usual at the 1st level of Building K. You will of course find some nice goodies like stickers, flyers, pens, USB sticks and T-shirts, but also have the possibility to discuss with many contributors, get Mageia 5 installed or see a preview of what’s currently boiling in the Cauldron!

If you plan to join us there, don’t forget to put your name in the event preparation wiki page. Even if you’re not planning to help man the booth or register for the dinner, it’s still nice to know who to expect for the event attendants. For those interested in attending to the General Assembly (you are all very welcome!), we will soon post the details about the room and time schedule.

Looking forward to meeting many community members in Brussels!

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Our First Backport – HPLIP 3.15.11

Firstly, Happy Holidays to everyone, we all hope that you have a nice festive season and that the New Years brings good fortune. But back to the business at hand…

The backport repositories exist so that we can provide updates to software that are needed by some users, or provide significant feature improvements but which are potentially disruptive to installed stable systems.

This is the case with the latest version of the HP printer and scanner software (hplip), which adds support for some new devices, but which our QA testing found to be incompatible with some existing devices.

Further details of the devices that are supported by hplip-3.15.11 can be found in the hplip release notes.

A list of HP printers and the required minimum version of hplip can be seen here and the new printers that are supported by this backport are listed here.

The new version of the hplip packages are now available in the Core Backports repository.

If you have a new HP printer or scanner which does not function properly with Mageia 5, you may require these packages.

Installing backports in Mageia is quite simple:

In rpmdrake, “Install & Remove Software”, select backports from the first drop-down filter. If a previous version is installed the available packages will be marked in the status column with a down arrow with a line above it in a red circle. Select and install the packages appropriate for your architecture.

It is NOT necessary to enable the Backports repository.

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Some news of what’s boiling in the Cauldron

For those of you who are most familiar with Mageia and its development, you are starting to know the drill: Cauldron is the place where we break stuff by upgrading everything that we tried to keep stable during the previous release cycle, and then we work on making it stable again. We are now in this stabilization phase and we were aiming internally for a first development snapshot of Mageia 6 as a set of ISO images, but there are still a number of factors that make it difficult right now.

The current state of Cauldron is still relatively unstable, with major updates to the key base system components and to the major desktops. This has led to both the generated classical and live ISOs not being of a quality that we are willing to release.

Therefore, we plan to release the first ISOs within the first weeks of 2016, and then continue with the regular schedule from there. The first testing done on an internal set of ISOs was not in vain though, as it helped us to better assess the current state of Cauldron and how it behaves with the installer, and our packagers are already hard at work fixing the identified issues.

With the development of Mageia 6, we are looking at restructuring what images we release, as we noticed that the purpose of the English-only 32-bit LiveCDs and the limited dual-arch DVD was often misunderstood (and therefore badly impacted on Mageia’s image for users of those ISOs). We want to create a set of media that fit better with the use cases to make Mageia even more accessible.  Furthermore, we are renaming the pre-release ISOs to development and stabilization snapshots, as we feel it gives a better indication of what can be expected from them.

If you would like to get involved now, information on testing and running Cauldron can be found here.

We will soon publish an indicative development roadmap so that you know more precisely when to expect the future releases.

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Mageia was at the Paris Open Source Summit 2015

The Paris Open Source Summit is a great European event centered on the free & open source sector. It arose as a result of the merger of two French open source events: Linux Solutions (formerly in La Défense) and the Open World Forum. This year’s edition took place on November the 18th and 19th in “Les docks de Paris” (North suburbs).

Mageia had three contributors glad to be there: dtux, magnux and lebarhon. Our booth was small but of professional quality with many interesting things:

  • to show, two laptops with Mageia 5 and the upcoming Mageia 6/Plasma 5,
  • for sale, beautiful wooden USB sticks, unfortunately a delivery problem prevented us to sell T-shirts,
  • to offer, stickers and fliers.

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The first day began with a bomb alert (false alert fortunately), but the building has been evacuated and the event really started only at 10 a.m. We met lots of different kinds of people:

  • some regular visitors, who we already met last year and before. They came to say “hello”, to hear some news and share their opinions about Mageia and rare minor problems,
  • some unhappy people, complaining that Mageia 4 was much better. We were sad to hear that, reported their problems and hope they are going to be fixed,
  • some happy people thanking us because Mageia 5 is much better than was Mageia 4. At least there is a good solution for everyone :)
  • two people looking for business partners, yes Mageia is taken seriously as a professional solution!
  • almost nobody that did not know Mageia. From our experience on this event, this is new, last year (May 2014, i.e. 18 months ago) many visitors had never heard of Mageia,
  • and two other Mageia community members, tuxmips and baud.

It has been a very happy two-day show, not at all affected by the tragic events in Paris. Since it was the first year the event took place in this location, it is not easy to compare the crowd with that of last year, but it seemed more or less equivalent. What really changed in our opinion is that Mageia is now well-known, and that’s definitely encouraging!

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SIVEO joins the Mageia community to boost the development of the PULSE software

We have a newcomer in the Mageia ecosystem: the young French company SIVEO has taken over the development of the open source server-related solutions of the former Mandriva, and they decided to base all their products on Mageia. Giving back to the community, they are now employing a long-time Mageia contributor and maintainer of the KDE stack, Nicolas Lécureuil (neoclust), to work on packaging their free software products in Mageia. The following is a joint press release by SIVEO and Mageia.org.


The project originally named LRS Linbox FAS PULSE then renamed by Mandriva in 2007, is now an opensource solution for asset management. It’s used as well by small or medium entreprise as by very big companies, and both private and public accounts.

Believing in the potential of PULSE, SIVEO is rising up to the challenge of making it a major open source solution for asset management. Key people who were already working on development of this project joined SIVEO. They now bring their skills, know-how and enthusiasm to the company.

In parallel to this and to fully anchor it into the open source world, SIVEO naturally approached the Mageia community by providing the PULSE project and its distribution allowing the enlargement of the Community basis.

“This way, we want to open the project and bring more resources while federating different players whether professionals, ordinary users or contributors,” recalled Yvan Manon, who has been involved in the PULSE project for a long time and is nowadays pre-sales engineer at SIVEO.

“To welcome new contributors is always a very positive thing for the Mageia community. The packaging of a professional solution of the quality of PULSE is an undeniable asset for the distribution, to further engage with the world of commerce and our business users – and hopefully encourage more to participate. The collaboration of a large company and the validity it gives to the quality of the Mageia distribution is also a large endorsment of the work done by the Mageia community,” says the Mageia Council.

PULSE is a complete solution to manage the life cycle of the workstation, which allows industrialization and automating heavy and time-consuming tasks on complex and remote networks. Its main features are:

  • create and deploy sysprep disk image
  • identify, deploy applications and patches
  • backup
  • make decision
  • remote access
  • overseeing the compliance and configurations of all assets

Finally, interoperability and agility facilitate its integration with the various components (LDAP, AD, GLPI, OCS Inventory Fusion, etc.) of an information system. SIVEO offers packaged version with support for distributions such as Debian, RedHat and CentOS, and any additional services (audit, installation, training) to ensure professional quality and serenity.

SIVEO is an infrastructure automation software company; it is a young company creates innovative in November 2008. First French company labelled in the INTEL CLOUD Builder initiative for its eVA solution, SIVEO works with publishers, SSII, public and private accounts.

Mageia.org is a French non-profit association with groups contributing together into a community. The Mageia community builds a GNU/Linux distribution with the goal of providing an easy to use and highly reliable operating system with the choice and scalability offered by the Linux infrastructure. Mageia has delivered 5 releases since 2011, with the next release, Mageia 6, already taking shape with a scheduled release date in 2016.

More about Pulse: siveo.net/solutions/pulse
Source code (GPL): https://github.com/pulse-project/

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