Weekly roundup 2017 – week 20


We have just had a new build of the Live ISOs, while the Classical ISO build is underway to fix a glib bug that was causing LibreOffice to use 100% CPU, so getting that fixed was very good. The ISOs are looking very good now.

Updates wise, there has been good activity in Cauldron, here is a selection of what has been updated since last week:

  • lyx 2.2.3
  • libreoffice
  • postgresql9.4 9.4.12
  • postgresql9.6 9.6.3
  • ffmpeg 3.3.1

There were also updates to Mate, with some of its packages being upgraded to 1.18.2 and the nodejs, jboss and maven stacks saw upgrades too, there are so many packages in these stacks that listing them all didn’t make much sense.

Mageia 5

There has been a number of updates released for Mageia 5 this week, you can see the full list of recent updates here, here is a list of new updates this week:

  • mhonarc 2.6.19 – CVE fix
  • radicale 1.1.1 – CVE fix
  • asterisk 11.23.1 – bugfix


A quick note from the Council meeting this week, we were discussing the upcoming RMLL event and what we wanted to bring to it and the stock levels of the goodies that we do have. We decided that we would need to reorder lots of items, as the pens and wood USB sticks seemed to go down well, they and any other ideas put forward will be available at events. We wanted to try and use as sustainable products as possible, so, with that in mind, if anyone has any designs, ideas or suppliers, let the atelier mailing list know and we’ll see what we can do.

A short roundup this week, due to lots of time being put into getting the RC released, we will try and get you a bigger one for next week.

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Weekly roundup 2017 – week 19


While I don’t want to spoil anything or give the surprise up, if you follow the Mageia mailing lists you will likely have seen the words “RC” and “ready” appear regularly recently. Without giving more away, we are very close now which is really great news! Updates wise, there has been a fair few this week, here is a selection of the larger ones:

  • gimp 2.8.22
  • gtk+3.0 3.22.15
  • gnome-shell 3.24.2
  • docker 17.03
  • zoneminder 1.30.3
  • kernel 4.9.27
  • dnf 2.4.0

Plus many other bugfix and small upgrades. A quick note on these changes as we are very close to release now and you may be wondering how we can be changing major things like the kernel or gtk+ this close to a release – these are all minor version releases from upstream, or maybe a small patch to fix or add something specific. Take the kernel as an example, the update from last week was from 4.9.26 to 4.9.27 so the changes introduced are very small making these much much safer.

Mageia 5

There has been a number of updates released for Mageia 5 this week, you can see the full list here, here is a selection of the more common packages:

  • audiofile 0.3.6-4.3 – multiple CVE fixes
  • ntp 4.2.6p5-24.8 – multiple CVE fixes
  • kernel 4.4.65 & related packages – multiple CVE & bugfixes
  • thunderbird 52.1 – multiple CVE fixes

Infrastructure Update

Lastly, we want to reassure everyone that we are still working to get the forum and wiki fixed and that they should both be fully operational very soon. The holdup with the forum is that the old database isn’t importing into the new forum, we obviously want to have all of the old messages available as they are a key part of the community and support available for Mageia.

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Weekly roundup 2017 – week 18

Can I argue that this is coming from Honolulu time, so it’s still Friday 🙂 Either way, sorry for the delay.


A little news from the Council meeting this week, most of it was about the upcoming RC ISOs and getting the last blockers fixed. The two non-release topics were whether we should be removing, or at least reducing the visibility of HTTP and FTP in favour of rsync and https when Mageia connects to a mirror, either for updates or installation. As we don’t control the mirrors, we can only recommend using different protocols, but it will need further discussion before anything happens on that. The second, was elections, all the teams have elected their leadership apart from Dev and Sysadmin, emails about that will be going out on the appropriate mailing lists shortly.


As always, an update on the RC, the main focus now is on getting upgrades from Mageia 5 to work, and sorting out the packaging conflicts. The big issue here is getting the transition from KDE4 to Plasma5 working without issue. As for the ISOs, the big remaining issue is with some printers, but it, and 2 other blocking issues should be fixed in the next build which is expected very soon. We expect that the RC will be ready for wider testing in the coming days.

There has been plenty of updates recently for Cauldron, and also some changes as the MP3 patents have expired, so encumbered packages can be moved from tainted. Here are some of the updates:

  • mesa 17.0.5
  • virtualbox 5.1.22
  • ffmpeg 3.3
  • hplip 3.17.4
  • vala 0.36.3
  • obs-studio 18.0.2
  • kernel 4.9.26
  • ldetect-lst 0.3.6 – adds some missing polaris12 ID’s

The ffmpeg update has meant that most of the media stack has been rebuilt – so there should be plenty of updates coming from that.

The final touches have been made to include the Mageia 6 artwork everywhere. If you still see some bits of Mageia 5 artwork when testing the upcoming RC ISOs, please file a bug report.

Mageia 5

A good number of updates are coming for Mageia 5, both security and bugfix, here is a list:

  • minicom 2.7.1 – fixes CVE 2017-7467
  • texlive 20130530-21.1 – fixes CVE 2016-10243
  • libfm 1.2.3-4.6 – fixes extracting archives using compression other than gzip
  • python-lshell 0.9.18-2 – CVE fixes
  • libxslt 1.1.29-1.2 – fixes CVE 2017-5029
  • freetype2 2.5.4-2.3 – CVE fixes
  • 389-ds-base – fixes CVE 2017-2668
  • openjpeg 1.5.2-5.2 – multiple CVE fixes
  • squirrelmail 1.4.22-12.2 – fixes CVE 2017-7692
  • java-1.8.0-openjdk and copy-jdk-configs 2.2-1 – multiple CVE fixes
  • xstream 1.4.9-1.1 – vulnerability fix
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Weekly roundup 2017 – week 17


A quick update on the ISO progress – the Classical ISOs are looking good, although there was a bug with the Mate Menu which has been fixed, but another rebuild will be needed to get the fix onto the ISOs. The latest build of the Live ISOs fixed bugs with the installer crashing on systems with low memory and added boot entries to enable nonfree drivers.

Updates wise, there has been good activity. Here is a small selection:

  • kernel 4.9.25
  • flatpak 0.9.3
  • nautilus 3.24.1
  • phoronix-test-suite 7.0.1
  • mesa 17.0.4
  • thunderbird 52.0.1
  • virtualbox 5.1.20

And many many more!

Mageia 5

As the web facing nature of browsers and flash, the updates announced for chromium and flash player last week should now be on the mirrors and available, so if you haven’t updated yet, it’s advised to do so. Other updates this week include:

With more already added to the validation queue keeping the QA team busy.

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Weekly roundup 2017 – week 16


Not too much to report on the RC ISO testing this week, but that’s a good thing – the classical ISOs are nearly ready and the remaining trivial issues in the Live ISOs should be fixed in the next rebuild. The Mageia 6 release is starting to look very good.

Cauldron has had lots of updates as well, here are some highlights:

  • dovecot
  • dnfdragora 1.0.1
  • koji 1.12.0
  • tomcat 8.0.43 – Fixes CVE-2017-5647 and CVE-2017-5648
  • caja 1.18.2
  • kernel 4.9.23
  • plasma 5.8.6
  • vlc 3.0.0 – git nightly 20170405, fixes persistent performance on AMD with OpenGL driver, among others

Note that the plasma update was not a new version, but a sync with the 5.8 branch.

Mageia 5

  • wireshark 2.0.12 – CVE fixes, the full list is available here
  • flash-player-plugin – numerous CVE fixes, the full list is here
  • chromium-browser 57.0.2987.133 – numerous CVE fixes, full list available here
  • gimp 2.8.14 – bug and CVE fixes (mga20663 and mga18804)

These will arrive as soon as they have been validated by the QA team. While this has been a quiet week for Mageia 5 updates, it’s a slight calm before the storm as there are a new kernel and firefox coming that will keep the QA team busy.


The infrastructure updates are nearly complete, the mailing list administration and forums are still down, while this is far from ideal, the sysadmins are working hard to bring the forums up as quickly as possible.

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