So, this weekly roundup is a new thing that we were wanting to try, with the hope that it will bring more attention to the day to day changes in both Mageia 5 and Cauldron, and what the various teams are working on right now.
The big thing going on right now is ISO testing for the next Mageia 6 milestone, sta2 (short for “stabilisation snapshot 2”). New images have been built with fixes for mga#20074, the partition table corruption bug we mentioned in a previous post. If the tests are successful, the release won’t be far away.
There were a few big updates too, Cauldron saw kernel 4.9.12 land whereas Mageia 5 has had kernel 4.4.50 in updates testing, with various bug and security vulnerability fixes. Short of being validated, a new build was made with cherry-picked patches to fix CVE-2017-6074, a critical security vulnerability which was announced yesterday and made the headlines of the specialised press. It will appear on the mirrors after going through QA validation, probably today given its critical nature.
The update of ffmpeg to 3.2.x and the associated other updates and rebuilds in Cauldron is also ongoing; ffmpeg 3.2.4 is available in the testing repositories, and will be moved to release once we’re confident that all reverse dependencies will work with this version or can safely be dropped.
There have also been updates to the NetworkManager stack in Cauldron, and parts of XFCE are being tweaked and updated so that the new ISOs shipping with XFCE give a great experience, more on that to come in a following blog post.
The other big bit of news is that team elections are coming, some teams have already started to candidate and will vote soon, so if you’re involved with any of the teams, look out for the mails about voting.
While not specific to any updates or things that you will see, we had an interesting council meeting on Tuesday where we discussed possible blog posts that we want to write. An interesting part was that we tried some video conferencing after the meeting, and it was good to put faces to names and actually hear voices, so hopefully this will help facilitate some faster decisions and be useful for other meetings and the association’s annual general meeting. On a bigger note, Schultz was disappointed to find out that he was beaten on the hair and beard front…
More seriously, there should be lots more content appearing on Facebook and Twitter, so look out for more things there. Also, a new blog post about the Mageia documentation process was recently published which is a pretty good read giving a good insight into what goes on to make the documentation what it is and the differences between the wiki and the “official documentation” that ships with each release. There are also a list of other blog posts about collaboration with other distros, games and other changes in the distro coming soon, so look out for them too.
As this is the first of these updates, we’d like to hear your feedback on it: was it informative enough, too much information, or anything else that you could suggest?