Mageia: under construction!

Here is the latest news from the front:

  • Buildsystem: after the installation of the servers in the ielo.net datacenter, hard work has started on the  buildsystem installation and configuration. The sysadm team is basing the new infrastructure for now on Mandriva Linux one, adding lots of cleaning and improvements. Puppet is the main software used to centralize the administration and Misc is working on writing all the needed script for the Mageia environment. Together with lots of bug fixes and improvements, iurt is now installed on build nodes (thanks Blino!). Iurt is a recompilation bot which monitors lists of packages of different architectures and recompiles each package in a separate clean chroot each time it is needed.
    At the same time, Buchan installed and configured the LDAP server. It will provide the Mageia centralized authentication together with a directory used for all the Mageia applications. CatDap will be a very easy to use GUI, developed with Catalyst. It will allow users to register a Mageia account, ask for various applications access (mailing-lists, bugzilla, forums…), modify it at any time with a click. CatDap is now installed and tests are in progress. The other big work is about Subversion. Tests are in progress for importing packages so that it can be all ready for first submissions. More news soon :). Scheduler has also been installed and work will start soon on repsys, the package submission tool.
  • Blog and web site: a dedicated virtual machine will be used to host the blog and the web site for Mageia (thanks again to Gandi). They will be migrated soon as they are still hosted on PLF servers (thanks again to the PLF guys).
  • Mirrors: on the mirrors side, we have a second primary mirror ready to sync Mageia, Ibiblio, together with Jussieu. Olivier (aka Nanar) has finalized the first online version for the mirrors management application. You can now propose a mirror to be added to the official list of Mageia mirrors, check for an existing one and even have a look at the Mageia mirrors map. Still some work to do to plug it with urpmi, some cleaning, improvements… Stay tuned!
  • Mageia wiki: work is in progress to setup the permanent Mageia wiki. Technical specifications have been collected here to choose the most suitable solution. We used also wikimatrix to work on functionalities. Mediawiki is the most favourable candidate so far. Thomas Canniot gave a big hand on wiki structure.
  • Roadmap and specifications: as a reminder, you will find the first roadmap and specifications in the wiki, it should answer main questions about the next six months.
  • Logo and design: as said in a previous post, the deadline for logo proposals, which should follow the Mageia artwork guidelines, is Nov. 9th 2010 (coming Tuesday!). Work has been launched in artwork team to provide Mageia with its own set of icons as many will be used especially in configuration tools.
  • mageia-app-db: Samuel Verschelde (aka Stormi) will contribute to Mageia by proposing a new tool for packages dedicated to end users (more information: first document, first specifications. It has been announced on the mageia-discuss mailing-list. Samuel listed the main features. It will allow to browse the package database and provide the main informations about packages. It focuses also on interaction between users, testers and packagers (backports requests and voting, new package requests and voting, package testing requests (i.e. packagers asking users to test a certain package before pushing it to the official repositories). Finally its customisable user notifications on your home page, RSS feed or e-mail (new backports available of your favourite software, new update candidates available and awaiting testing… etc.)

If you want to contribute to any of these projects, you can contact us via the Mageia mailing-lists: translation, web design, development, tests… etc, you are very welcome!

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16 Responses to Mageia: under construction!

  1. Samuel Verschelde says:

    I’d like to mention also Adrien Gallou who started to work with me on mageia-app-db’s development :)

  2. allan says:

    It might be good to replace the fonts, too small and difficult to read.

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  4. yannick56 says:

    To add/have more mageia mirrors, somebody can contact ftp admins that manage some Mandriva mirrors.
    A Mandriva mirrors list is available at :
    http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/Mandriva_mirrors
    In this wiki page, there is a site column for each mirror and in many cases, you can the ftp admin e-mail in this column.
    Sorry, but now, I have not the time to contact these ftp admins to create a new Mageia mirror.

  5. Skiper says:

    Very interesting news here! I cannot wait to work again on the Wiki. I am however worried that we do not have any MediaWiki type backup, and my mails were left unanswered obviously.

    I also like very much the app-db idea, where there are many evolution possibilities.

    I am looking forward to participate in the promotion and word spreading of Mageia as soon as possible.

  6. eagerly waiting to see the first release :-)

  7. liberforce says:

    About mageia-app-db: why not contribute instead to urpmi integration with the PackageKit fronted ? This kind of stuff should be unified, not distro-specific…

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  9. Dr. Asoka Dissanayake (Medical) says:

    I am eagerly waiting for your release of the alpha iso to test.
    I have tested over 150 Live CDs as an academic exercise named by me as Linux-100 (same as Fortune 500 companies) and posted mini reviews of all of them citing the their plus and minus points.
    My gold standard was PCLinux which was a derivative of Mandrake / Mandriva.
    I will highlight few of my points here.
    1. Multi-Language capability
    2. Live CD with installer capability
    3. Light weight to fit a CD
    4. Multiple versions (KDE, Gnome E17, Fluxbox etc; If you can add a childrens’ version I would be more than happy)
    5. Live booting without a password; If not state clearly the password for root and user in the splash scree or in the documentation.
    6. Good partition tool
    7. Root (unlike Ubuntu) and multi-user facility
    8. Ability boot old computers and note books
    9. Wine, Skype, Flash or gflash
    10. Abiword and download facility of open office
    11. Games lure kids and things like gCompris
    I have listed over 35 points but adding all that will needs 1 GiB
    You can visit my blog site at Google by typing parafox and Asoka.
    Good Luck but I will be very critical when it comes.
    Asoka with Love for Linux.
    Fun. Freedom and no Fear to explore unknown territories.

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  12. anonymous says:

    Hi,
    don’t want to undermine all the efforts to put a new infrastructure in place but i’m wondering why on earth did you choose to reinvent the wheel !
    I mean, there’s already free software to manage mirror management, package building, apps database… like the infrastructure management software written by the folks at Fedora http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Infrastructure/Services . I’m sure that there’s also some fine project that cover this area from the OpenSuSe project.
    Even launchpad is a free software now !?

    I’m a long time user of Mandriva (but not a active contributor) and my opinion was that the distribution infrastructure wasn’t the strongest point of Mandriva :(
    I hoped that this fork was a chance to enhance this aspect of the project in a more cross-distribution way…
    Sick of the NIH syndrome

    Good luck

  13. Dr. Glyn Burgess says:

    I’ve always felt that Mandriva has the most appeal to would be Windows migrants simply because of the KDE desktop presentation (I also appreciate that some choose other distros because they do not look like Windows!) So long as no radical changes are planned to the “look” then I think Mageia will soon pick up where Mandriva leaves off.

    The other issue is networking . New and inexperienced users do not want or do not have the time to spend 20 hours searching for how to connect with their dongle having been met with this advice in a Linux forum which mostly still seem to be populated by opinionated experts with little desire to help the lazy. Unfortunately, laziness is installed by default in most humans and frustrating though it is if the cause of Linux is to reach maximum potential then this is something the forum mods must live with.

    Ubuntu connects to pretty much everything you plug in and thus eliminates the major source of frustration experienced by new Linux users. If Mageia can get a bit closer to this level of functionality than this will be an enormous bonus.

    I appreciate the work going in to this and look forward to the end of the year.

  14. Mohammed says:

    Is there any GUI installer for RPM packages ? Which I can install RPM Packages with double click like ubuntu .?!
    I wish to better support for flash in Mageia, because other linux distributions can not view flash in full screen

    • ahmad78 says:

      Yes, there’s has always been a GUI for installing rpm packages, gurpmi. (You double click an rpm package and you’ll be asked if you want to install it).

      About Flash, that’s a general problem that has to do with various system components, not distro-specific.

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