The ISO testing for the final release is coming along well, the majority of the remaining blocking bugs were closed recently, the last remaining big issue was with LibreOffice only installing properly in English, however, that has been fixed and new images are being tested now.
Update wise, nearly everything has been focused on getting the repository into a state where the packages can be maintained easily over the course of the release, fixing CVE issues and updates to final versions of packages that were in pre-release previously. Some notable ones are:
- kernel 4.9.35
- mesa 17.1.4
- thunderbird 52.2.1
- tomcat 8.0.44
- exiv2 0.26 – this led a good number of packages being rebuilt
As it’s been two weeks since the last roundup, there has been lots of updates, you can see the full list here, some of the major ones are listed below:
- libtiff 4.0.8 – multiple CVE fixes
- kernel 4.4.74 – multiple CVE fixes
- thunderbird 52.2.0 – multiple CVE fixes
- firefox 52.2.0 – multiple CVE fixes
- glibc – 2.20-25 – CVE fixes
Mageia had a booth at RMLL this weekend so a blog post about that will appear soon, in the meantime, here is the booth that we had.
A nice snippet about the state of Cauldron from the Dev mailing list today – a mail with the subject “Nobody touches anything!” noted that the last autobuild (all of the Mageia packages get rebuilt each week to check for issues) only had one failure due to the latest curl update – the previous best was 12. To gain proper perspective please note that autobuild managed to build the other 13649 packages successfully.
ISO testing for the final release of Mageia 6 is ongoing, they’re starting to look good, although there was a bug found in 32-bit Gnome Calculator and an intermittent issue with a black screen in Plasma at startup that should be fixed soon.
Updates wise, it is unsurprisingly slowing down on Cauldron, there were still a few though, so here is a list of the major ones:
- curl 7.51.1
- whois 5.2.16
- plasma-pk-updates 0.3.1
- thunderbird 52.2.0
- kernel 4.9.32
- postfix 3.1.6
- firefox 52.2.0
There were also bugfixes for packagekit, atlas and git among others.
Lots of updates for Mageia 5 again this week, here are some of the larger ones:
- catdoc 0.95 – security fix
- tor 0.2.8.14 – CVE fix
- flash-player-plugin 184.108.40.206 – multiple CVE fixes
- smb4k 1.2.3 – CVE fix
So Cauldron is in release freeze now, and new ISOs have been built. Tests so far are looking good, there was one issue with initial application launches on the Plasma live build causing a freeze on some occasions, but it’s being worked on so there should be a fix soon.
Update wise, Cauldron has been quiet with the main activity on bug fixes, here are some of the main ones:
- sugar desktop
Most of the Mageia specific tools: urpmi, rpmdrake and the control centre have been updated to fix some missing translations.
That said, there were a few version updates, here are some of the main ones:
- packagekit 1.1.6
- kernel 4.9.31
- ffmpeg 3.3.2
- mesa 17.1.2
There have been lots of updates for Mageia 5 this week, here is a selection of the main ones:
- sympa 6.1.25 – bugfix updates
- puppet 3.6.2-3.1 – CVE fix
- nss 3.28.5 – CVE fix
- ansible 220.127.116.11-2 – multiple CVE fixes
- dropbear 2014.66-1.3 CVE fixes
The big news for Mageia 6 is that we are entering release freeze imminently, this means that any further updates to Cauldron must be for a very specific reason, like a critical bug fix or similar. This will allow for the final ISO building and testing get underway, so Mageia 6 will be released soon.
Updates wise, there has been a few for Cauldron with various packages getting updates to ease maintainability for the Mageia 6 life cycle. Here is a selection of the major ones:
- filezilla 3.26.1
- puppet 4.2.1
- nouveau 1.0.15
- sudo 1.8.20p2
- fotoxx 17.04.2
- darktable 2.2.5
- enlightenment 0.21.8
There was also a kernel update, while this wasn’t a new version it did bring fixes for an IOMMU bug on AMD systems and Intel i915 fixes.
There have been a number of bugfix and security updates for Mageia 5, here is a selection of them:
- mariadb 10.0.31 – various upstream bugfixes
- vlc 2.2.6 – security update
- openvpn 2.3.16 – multiple CVE fixes
- git 2.7.4-1.1 – CVE fix
- pcmanfm 1.2.3-2.3 – CVE fix
There are some shows and events coming up soon, so we are looking to get in new goodies and to replace the used stock, one of the ideas that we were going to try was badges, this is one of the designs we were thinking of, what do you think of this? We were also looking for other ideas, currently, we have stickers, pens, USB keys and t-shirts, there was also a cup design, is this something that you would like to see at an event, or is there something else that you think would be good to have?
So the biggest news this week has been the Mageia 6 RC release. We are all really happy with it and with the feedback that we are getting so far, so a big thanks to all of the testers and to everyone that helped with packaging, QA, bug triage, ISO building and all of the other things needed to get a release out.
Despite the release, there has still been plenty of work on Cauldron, the biggest update is to Plasma 5.8.7, but as this is a pretty critical piece, it went first to the Updates Testing repository to check everything over before being moved to the Core Release repository today. Mageia-prime was also updated in the testing repository, so if you use Nvidia Optimus and want to test it, feel free to have a look. Other updates include:
- smplayer 17.5.0
- docker 17.03.1
- webkit 2.16.3
- qbittorrent 3.3.12
- flatpak 0.9.4
- networkmanager 1.8.0
- kernel 4.9.30
- efl 1.9.1
- thunderbird 52.1.1
- firefox 52.1.2
- samba 4.5.9
In total there were around 250 package updates since last week, so a busy week all around.
Now that the QA team has more time, a large number of updates were validated for Mageia 5, here is a selection:
- webmin 1.840 – CVE and bugfix
- flash-player-plugin 18.104.22.168 – multiple CVE fixes
- vlc 22.214.171.124 – CVE and bugfix
- samba 3.6.25-2.7 – multiple CVE fixes
- kernel 4.4.68 – multiple CVE fixes
Lastly, but very much not least, the forums are back with all of the history intact which is very welcome so you can report on any testing that you do with the RC there, on the mailing lists or on our Bugzilla.
We really appreciate your patience and understanding with the downtime.