The first step towards Mageia 8 – Alpha 1 is available for testing

We are happy to announce the release of the test images of Mageia 8. These are available to early testers to help with the development towards a stable final release of Mageia 8. There have been large scale updates of all packages as well as new features implemented to improve what Mageia already offered.
Some of the key updates include:    

  • Kernel – 5.7.4
  • glib – 2.31
  • gcc – 10.1.1
  • rpm – 4.16.0
  • Chromium – 81 
  • Firefox – 68.9
  • LibreOffice – 6.4.4
  • Plasma – 5.19.1
  • GNOME 3.37
  • Xfce 4.15.2

A full list of included packages is available in the .idx file for the installation media.

For those that want to jump in and test straight away, the images can be downloaded here, as always with pre-release images, use your best judgement.

The available ISO images are the same as in Mageia 7, offering installation media for both 32 and 64bit systems, 64bit live images for Plasma, GNOME and Xfce, as well as a 32bit live image for Xfce.

Some of the major improvements include improved ARM support, all packages have now been built for Aarch64 and ARM v7, completing the transition away from Python 2 and very recent hardware support. There have been many improvements to the installer, which now has better support for F2FS and Nilfs2. Both the live and classical environments have been improved with the use of ZStd compression, this will give faster boot and installation times. There has also been considerable work with package management, rpm 4.16 has brought many improvements including automatic SSD detection and improved transaction speed, while metadata parsing within urpmi has also been accelerated through the use of ZStd compression, AppStream metadata use has been improved to allow better integration with GNOME and Plasma. A full list of features can improvements can be seen here.

We hope that the release works well for you, but if there are issues please report them to our Bugzilla so that we can get around to sorting them for release. If you want to get involved in ISO testing, packaging or any other aspect of Mageia, there is lots of information here.

Credit – xkcd

A huge hand to all of the people involved with getting this release out of the door, and to all of the testers for giving us the feedback that we need to get Mageia 8 ready. We look forward to hearing your feedback!

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Chronicle in May

It’s been a very long time since you’ve heard from us on this blog. Now it’s time to give you some fresh news, because no matter what it seems, a lot of work has been done since then.

Organization

Many teams — the dev and QA teams in particular — are now working on a schedule for the upcoming Mageia 8. It is now available online. It seems this summer is going to be all about testing our new release!

You can already take part in the testing and check if all of our Drak tools are functioning properly, and help the QA team. The coming months should allow us to report any new bugs or update existing reports in our Bugzilla. If you are comfortable working with Perl, your coding skills will be much appreciated to help correcting all the known bugs in our Drak tools.

Infrastructure

Our “Mageia Planet” — which agregates blog articles from our active users — has just been updated and is now up and running. We have also updated the list of blogs that are featured on Mageia Planet. Please let us know if you are the owner of a blog about Mageia which can be added! Our main blogs version was also updated.

What is boiling in Cauldron?

The new 0.15 version of LXQt is now available. New versions of LXQt don’t come out so often, and we think this one could be interesting. What are your first impressions about it?

Also, we’ve got a lot of nice little dishes that are being prepared for the upcoming Menu… Plasma 5.18 LTS along with KDE 20.04 applications, Gnome 3.36, Cinnamon 4.6, all of which will be served with kernel 5.6…

Mageia 7 updates

A security alert has been published concerning our current version of LibreOffice, which is also EOL at the end of the month… Therefore, LibreOffice’s latest version 6.4.4 has been built and is currently being thoroughly tested.

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Mageia 6 End of Life – Time to Upgrade

As you know, Mageia 7 was released this summer, followed shortly after by Mageia 7.1. It is time to say goodbye to Mageia 6 – updates have stopped, including security updates.
As usual, before the upgrade, do a backup of your data and documents.
You have a couple of ways to install Mageia 7:

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 our release notes.

3. Upgrade through the applet in the system tray. This option was disabled until recently as conflicts prevented the upgrade from completing successfully. These have been resolved, so you will now be offered an upgrade when you next update your Mageia 6 system.


Whichever method you choose, we highly recommend that you upgrade your system, as Mageia 6 is no longer supported and is no longer receiving any security updates.

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Mageia infra maintenance

On Sunday September 29th, 2019, starting around 12.00 UTC there will be maintenance on the infra in order to upgrade it to Mageia 7.

That means Mageia websites, gitweb, svnweb, wiki, forum, mailinglists, mails to @mageia.org, … will be shut down…

Since there are several things that need upgrading, it will take atleast several hours, or even a day or so depending on possible issues to get it all finalized…

We will keep you updated about the progress here.

Update: September 29th, 2019 at 17.20 UTC: websites, bugzilla, gitweb, svnweb, mailinglists and mails to @mageia.org are now available. wiki and forum still under maintenance.

Update 2: September 29th, 2019 at 18.20 UTC: wiki is now online

Update 3: September 29th, 2019 at 19.50 UTC: forums are now online and that means the infra maintenance is now done.

Update 4: September 30th, 2019 at 05.40 UTC: there are some issues with posting bugs in bugzilla, and posting on forums… hopefully they will be resolved by the end of the day…

Update 5: September 30th, 2019 at 16.30 UTC: because of some issues with the forum software, we have reverted the upgrade on that vm for now. This so users can use the forums while we working on fixing the issues we hit.

Update 6: September 30th, 2019 at 19.00 UTC: Thanks to our Bugzilla wizard, Frédéric “LpSolit” Buclin, we now have a working bugzilla again.

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Mageia 7.1, Mageia 7 with Ryzen 3000 hardware support

The timing for Mageia 7, just prior to the recent release of the new AMD Ryzen 3000 series of CPU’s, didn’t play nicely. Namely, there was an issue with the system starting up on these new CPU’s that prevented any type of installation, except for a net install. So, the only solution was to release a new set of installation media, which are available to download here.

It’s very important to note that if you have a working system, there is nothing that you need to address. This release is primarily to fix installation on systems with the above CPU’s.

Update wise, Mageia 7.1 has a fixed version of systemd and all validated bugfix and security updates as of 2019/07/11. The core of the distribution remains untouched from Mageia 7.

You can read the full Mageia 7 release announcement here.

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