Announcing Mageia 7 Beta 1

Everyone at Mageia is very happy to get the first step towards Mageia 7 released! Mageia 7 beta 1 comes with lots of exciting changes and updates, and while a beta with lots of development work, it has been a nice release for a beta, not needing too many rounds of building to get workable images.

There is still a lot of work to come before Mageia 7 is ready, a big Qt and Plasma update, fixes for MATE and more checks on 32-bit hardware as well as the artwork for Mageia 7. We are all looking forward to implementing these changes and getting all of the rough edges polished out with all of the help from the community.

This release will see the return of the Classical Installer as well as the Live Images, with the standard lineup of architectures and Desktop Environments – 32 and 64-bit Classical Installers; 64-bit Plasma, GNOME and Xfce Live DVD’s and a 32 bit Xfce Live DVD.

The ISO’s will be available to download directly, and by torrent here.

Here are a few release highlights and package versions:

  • kernel 4.19.6
  • rpm 4.14.2
  • Plasma 5.14.2
  • GNOME 3.30
  • Xfce 4.13.4
  • Firefox 63
  • Chromium 70
  • LibreOffice 6.1.3

A full list of included software is available in the idx file for Classical ISO’s and the lst file for the Live Images.

We have also updated most of the programming languages to their latest versions, PHP was a particularly large update, going from 5.6 to 7.2. AppStream metadata support has also been enhanced, giving a much richer experience with software selection in both GNOME and Plasma through their respective software search tools, there have also been improvements to laptops with Optimus and to the ARM port. More details are available 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.

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 7 ready.

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It’s Artwork Time – Mageia 7 Artwork Contest is Open

As with every release, the artwork for Mageia 7 comes from you, the great community that supports and makes Mageia possible. It’s time to start the process of getting Mageia 7 ready for release, updating all of the artwork and designs that will make it look great and unique. As in previous years, we’re looking for your contributions and ideas, but not just images and photos – if you have icons and logos, or ideas on how login screens or animations should look, then it’s time to discuss or show them off.

Art Project

Image credit – XKCD

We will normally choose a digital abstract piece using the colours of the Mageia logo for the signature background. It should be easily cropped to different aspect ratios without losing the feel of the image and have a resolution of at least 3,200 by 2,400px, in order to accommodate a wide variety of monitors.
Alternative background and screensavers have less restrictive guidelines, so if you feel like flexing your creativity, we’d love to see what you come up with.

Rules

The contest begins today, 30th of November and will run until the 28th of December, giving good time and hopefully some holidays for everyone to be creative.
Mageia will provide 1 official background, 10 additional backgrounds and all the other bits we do to make Mageia look great. If you’d like to participate, it’s easy:
Please submit your work to the Mageia 7 artwork drop. You also have the option to send a link to the Atelier mailing list.
The Atelier team will choose 10 backgrounds from different contributors to be included in the “additional backgrounds”.

Prerequisites

  • Minimal size: 3,200×2,400 px for images, preferably svg for icons
  • No borders
  • No text inside: the Mageia logo may be placed for show, but will need to be removable
  • Scalable or croppable for all possible aspect ratios: 4:3, 16:9, 16:10 etc.
  • License: CC By SA 3.0 or later

Please also have a look here for more information about things you have to watch out for, or to see previous Mageia wallpapers. Some screensavers and the Mageia 6 background are uploaded on the artwork drop for reference.
Photos will be considered for screensavers and additional backgrounds provided no recognizable people are visible. Please avoid copyrighted artwork, or, you must own the copyright and agree to the CC By SA 3.0 license.
All the work needs to be original with the source files (svg, xcf, etc) available and within Mageia’s artwork guidelines. Please upload a png or similar as they are much easier for previewing. We hope that these guidelines will make everything clear and help you to make something that will make Mageia look great. The guidelines cover the Official Mageia Logo, colour scheme, website motif, fonts, wallpaper and other elements. The Mageia official logo is also covered by our Trademark Policy.
Take a moment to learn the rules, then, jump in and create with us!

Final choice

The final winners will be chosen by the Mageia council and announced on the Mageia blog.
We’ll also try and put together some goodies for the winners, maybe a T-shirt, USB keys and pens or something along those lines.

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It is with great pleasure that we announce the release of Mageia 6.1

This release brings all of the updates and development that has gone into Mageia 6 together into fresh installation media, giving users a kernel that supports hardware released after Mageia 6. The new installations will benefit from the countless updates that current fully updated Mageia systems will have, allowing new installations to avoid the need for a large update post install. So if you are currently running an up to date Mageia 6 system, there is no need to reinstall Mageia 6.1 as you will already be running the same packages.
This release is available with only Live media, i.e. Live Plasma, Live GNOME and Live Xfce in 64bits, and Live Xfce in 32 bits. A network installation is also available, for users wanting more granular control over the installation.

Some of the release highlights include:

  • Firefox – 60.2
  • Chromium – 68
  • LibreOffice – 5.3.7.2
  • Plasma – 5.12.2
  • GNOME – 3.24.3
  • Xfce – 4.12.0
  • VLC – 3.0.2
  • Kernel – 4.14.70

The kernel used in this release is the latest longterm support kernel, giving a well tested and stable base for the rest of the system.

While not critical to the installation process, updated Nvidia drivers have added support for newer Pascal based cards.

You can download the installation images either as a torrent, or regularly, both available here. The release notes for Mageia 6 are available here.

 

UPDATE: Don’t worry for classical installer. It’ll return in Mageia 7 release. Stay tuned as our Cauldron is bubbling.

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Mageia at fête de l’humanité 2018

Mageia was at “La fête de l’humanité“, the “Festival of Humanity” in English, represented by our own dtux who reports:

The booths were in a different place from previous years, and we had a lot more visitors. We gave out all the flyers we brought by Saturday evening – there was only one left for Sunday – so we gave out Mageia stickers instead. We did not sell any T-shirts, but we sold two USB sticks.

Many people asked for general information; I spoke so much that I lost my voice! We had strong interest, coming from people already using a Linux distribution as well as from people wishing to turn to free software.

For myself, at a communication level, I am very satisfied by this week end. I must thank the people who were with me: Alex, Kevin and Sayat. They really helped me, because I couldn’t have managed these days alone.

The next exhibition will be probably the “Capitol du Libre” in Toulouse (Southern France). If you’re interested in helping me to run the booth, please don’t hesitate to say so.

Thank you Dtux, and above all, anyone wanting to join him in November at Toulouse please introduce yourselves, with a comment on this blog, by a message in the MLO French forum, or by posting to the discuss-fr mailing list .

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Summer’s End Roundup 2018

Although it looked from the outside as if Mageians were sleeping through August, it wasn’t so! And now that it’s Autumn – fall for you folks in the North Americas – we’ll be more communicative, we promise.

Image By Duncan Harris from Nottingham, UK (Autumn #4) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Work on the 6.1 Release is ongoing, and we hope to make an announcement really soon; in the meantime, we can let you know that no classical ISOs are planned, simply the LiveCDs and NetInstall. Watch this space!

There’s been a lot of updating going on, as the little blue circle with the down arrow, appearing in your system tray regularly, will have told you – and the dev and QA teams have managed to put in a lot of work, for people who were supposed to be on holiday!

As always, we encourage our community to join any of the Mageia teams – we welcome you, and we’d really like your help. To make a start, check out the teams at http://www.mageia.org/community/.

Important announcement:

Support for Mageia 5 is now officially ended! Please upgrade your systems to Mageia 6 as soon as you can, because no more security updates or bug fixes will be coming through. The update is available through the system tray icon, so please make use of it.

If you’re upgrading from KDE4 to Plasma, remember: there could be some issues with older video cards. If you’re not sure, make certain before you update that you have another, non-KDE desktop environment installed – Xfce is usually problem-free. Log in to that non-KDE environment before you begin the update.

When you’re updating, take the usual precautions, especially since the Grand Plasma Update has happened recently. Make sure you have enough space, and that your internet connection will remain active for the whole process – and if you’re using a laptop, make sure you have your power supply connected. If the process halts before it completes, your system could be unusable.

And now for the Roundup!

Bugfixes (Mageia 6 only):

  • darktable
  • java-1.8.0-openjfx
  • nvidia-current
  • flightgear, flightgear-data, simgear
  • boomaga
  • rust
  • mageia-doc, desktop-common-data
  • drakxtools, drakx-installer-stage2
  • minetest
  • mageiawelcome
  • meta-task
  • steam, steam-udevrules
  • kajongg
  • lutris
  • supertuxkart

Security (mostly Mageia 6, but a few Mageia 5 – the very last!)

Mageia 5:

  • mariadb

Mageia 5 & 6:

  • mercurial
  • openslp

Mageia 6:

  • flash-player-plugin
  • ntp
  • wireshark
  • libxkbcommon
  • sleuthkit
  • libgd
  • java-1.8.0-openjdk
  • openssl
  • libxcursor
  • openssh
  • quazip
  • libarchive
  • virtualbox, kmod-virtualbox, kmod-vboxadditions
  • poppler
  • squirrelmail
  • libraw
  • thunderbird
  • bind
  • dpkg
  • cgit
  • sssd
  • flash-player-plugin
  • wpa_supplicant
  • kernel-linus
  • kernel-tmb
  • kernel, kernel-userspace-headers, kmod-vboxadditions, kmod-virtualbox, kmod-xtables-addons, wireguard-tools
  • microcode
  • chromium-browser-stable
  • kernel-linus
  • kernel-tmb
  • libtomcrypt
  • iceape
  • kernel, kernel-userspace-headers, kmod-vboxadditions, kmod-virtualbox, kmod-xtables-addons, wireguard-tools
  • libsndfile
  • mariadb
  • lftp
  • godot
  • blender, yafaray
  • soundtouch
  • glpi
  • openvpn
  • libsoup
  • libjpeg
  • mp3gain

As always, you can check Mageia Advisories, the Mageia AppDB, and PkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening.

Enjoy!

PS: It’s really Spring in the Southern Hemisphere…

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