After the delays caused by upgrading the major parts of the base system and switching to the Plasma 5 Desktop Environment, we are very happy to announce that the first development milestone of Mageia 6 has been released and is ready for testing by the community.
Note that only the classical ISO images have been released, those being the i586 and x86_64 DVD images. The live ISO images are not quite ready. If the live images can be made functional soon, they may also be released, otherwise they will come with the next milestone release.
The extra time we have had has allowed for newer versions of Plasma, GNOME, and other major components. Also, it has allowed us to provide support for newer hardware thanks to an updated kernel.
Mageia 6 dev1 will ship with the following:
- Kernel 4.4.5
- Glibc 2.22
- Plasma 5.5.95
- GNOME 3.19.2
- Mate 1.13.0
- Cinnamon 2.8.6
- LibreOffice 22.214.171.124
- Firefox 45
- Chromium 49
- Updates to all of the other major applications and tools
Also note that at the time of release, our online repositories already provide updates to Plasma 5.6.0 and GNOME 3.20.0.
If you would like to test these ISO’s, you can find a link to download them from your preferred mirror on the Mageia website. Please keep in mind that this is still an early development snapshot. We would appreciate any feedback on how this release works for you. Reports can be made in the Mageia Bugzilla. As always, the ISO’s have been fully tested by our QA team to ensure that they are as usable as possible. If you would like to help with this task or any other parts of Mageia development, please have a look here to find out about ways to get involved. We always welcome new contributors.
In other development news, the ARM port is close to being ready for use, so watch out for an announcement about that soon. We have also hired a graphic designer to help refresh the look of the Mageia tools. Finally, work on DNF, mirrorbrain, other features and goodies continues.