Everyone at Mageia is very happy to announce the release of the next step in the path to Mageia 6.
The first stabilisation snapshot, as the name suggests, aims to start bringing everything together and getting the new software stable enough for release. Most of the big updates since dev1 have been moving from beta/RC releases of major software components to stable ones, which will hopefully give a nicely polished feel to the release.
GRUB 2 is now the default bootloader as GRUB Legacy has finally run its course. We have also fully switched from KDE 4 to Plasma 5, as well as solved issues with localisation. The switch to GRUB2 led to the need for updates to our tools and installer which took some tuning to get right, as we wanted to make sure that the release was functional for testing.
The Live media are now available. However, due to increasingly limiting constraints of the medium’s size, the LiveCDs have been abandoned to the profit of the more complete LiveDVDs, thus allowing for a fuller distribution of the desktop ecosystem to be available. The installation media will be available as normal (note that for similar reasons, the dual-arch DVD provider in earlier releases has also been dropped).
We have already entered version freeze, so the package versions seen here will likely be the major versions shipped with Mageia 6, although we aim to update to the 4.7 kernel branch for better support of new hardware and a longer support cycle. We hope that this will offer the perfect blend of freshness and stability.
Mageia 6 sta1 ships with the following:
- Linux Kernel 4.6.3
- Glibc 2.22
- Plasma 5.6.4
- GNOME 3.20.3
- MATE 1.14.1
- Cinnamon 3.0.1
- LibreOffice 184.108.40.206
- Firefox 45 ESR
- Thunderbird 45
- Chromium 51
Full release notes are available here.
The ISOs are available for testing on the Mageia website, or if you prefer a specific mirror, the list is available here. While we are hoping that this release is getting closer to a fully stable and usable release, please remember that it is still a pre-release and is early in the Mageia 6 release cycle. So, for any bugs that you find, we would appreciate a report on our Bugzilla so that we can get them fixed for the final release. The ISOs have been fully tested by our QA team so we hope that they will work well for you.
If you would like to get involved in QA testing, ISO testing or any other part of Mageia, have a look at our Contribution page for ideas on how you can help. We always welcome new contributors.
We look forward to hearing your feedback.