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 18.104.22.168
- 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.
The proposed features for Mageia 6 and the work that is happening on them can be seen here. If you would like to contribute to these, feel free to join the dev mailing list.
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How to install repo list for new dnf?
It is a work-in-progress so documentation is minimal so far. Please ask on the forum or ‘dev’ mailing list, or if you do IRC the developer can normally be found on #mageia-dev on irc.freenode.net. Thanks.
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do you include the pf-kernel patch in the distro?
The tmb kernels are more experimental and may suit your needs, see..
thanks for the answer but I still dont understand, is it included by default or it can be installed later?
Its not included on the ISO’s as the kernels are big and space is limited, but you can install it once your online.
You can see all of the packages included on the ISO’s in the .idx file in the ISO directory on any mirror
thanks for the info.
another thing: howcome since bfs and bfq & the rest have better performance, they are not officialy included in the kernel, but only in some distros. This is not a way to promote linux. I have friends that say linux works a litle bit better than windows and I tend to agree, only with this patches they are surprised and I saw a video of Paolo Valente on youtube, showing that bfq exploits to full the hardware, as it should! So, why wont Mageia include the alternative kernel as a default one?
That is a question for kernel developers not a distro. You can read up on BFQ like everyone else, for example https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=BFQ-Scheduler-Step-1-Of-3&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Phoronix+%28Phoronix%29 which explains the steps needed to getting into the kernel. Since they seem serious about it then it will likely happen soon enough (and then distros will provide it in the kernel)
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I haven’t asked what are the steps to be included in the main kernel. I’ve read that article before you mentioned it and I’ve also read that even though they could comply with the condition, it is likely to be adopted.
And yes, I do think it is a distro concern because who makes the distro could choose what kind of kernel to be included. The distro owners are not responsable for the main kernel, they chose what number or what kind to be shipped with. Other distros use alternative kernels and they do it well.
If Mageia doesn’t want to include the experimental one as official, its your/their bussinnes, I’ve made a sugestion and asked why not. I was hoping for on-topic answer with some arguments, even a few. I would have been nice from someone here to answer, in good terms, if one can. I am just curious, no ofense intended. Are there any strong issues regarding these patched kernels? From what I know, no.
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