Since we’re starting with a new base, a brand new name for the development release in Mageia needed to be found.
This was one of the – many – tasks that needed to be done to get Mageia going (although admittedly one of the fun tasks :)). Olivier Thauvin, aka Nanar, accepted to take on this task and things started rolling when he posted a new thread in the mageia-discuss mailing list, with a couple of initially proposed names. Of course, brainstorming ensued between the community members (in one really long thread). After gathering enough ideas / name proposals, a doodle poll was conducted. The poll ended on Friday 24th of September and the winner is Cauldron.
In Mandriva the development release was named Cooker. The development release of Mageia will be, like Cooker, a rolling distro. The idea here is that any new packages go into the development release first, where they’re tested and any bugs found in them are fixed; then when the development cycle nears its end the repositories are frozen in preparation for pushing a new stable release (after that the development distro starts again). Of course it’s not recommended to run development releases on day-to-day production machines as, by its very nature, it’s unstable and prone to break. Things tend to break quite a good number of times in development releases however they get fixed pretty fast too, so if you like living on the cutting edge don’t hesitate to join forces with those brave souls who’ll be testing Cauldron; the more the testers the better the stable release that’ll follow as more bugs will get squashed this way.
Hopefully stuff will be bubbling in Cauldron soon 🙂