Announcing Mageia 7 Beta 1

Everyone at Mageia is very happy to get the first step towards Mageia 7 released! Mageia 7 beta 1 comes with lots of exciting changes and updates, and while a beta with lots of development work, it has been a nice release for a beta, not needing too many rounds of building to get workable images.

There is still a lot of work to come before Mageia 7 is ready, a big Qt and Plasma update, fixes for MATE and more checks on 32-bit hardware as well as the artwork for Mageia 7. We are all looking forward to implementing these changes and getting all of the rough edges polished out with all of the help from the community.

This release will see the return of the Classical Installer as well as the Live Images, with the standard lineup of architectures and Desktop Environments – 32 and 64-bit Classical Installers; 64-bit Plasma, GNOME and Xfce Live DVD’s and a 32 bit Xfce Live DVD.

The ISO’s will be available to download directly, and by torrent here.

Here are a few release highlights and package versions:

  • kernel 4.19.6
  • rpm 4.14.2
  • Plasma 5.14.2
  • GNOME 3.30
  • Xfce 4.13.4
  • Firefox 63
  • Chromium 70
  • LibreOffice 6.1.3

A full list of included software is available in the idx file for Classical ISO’s and the lst file for the Live Images.

We have also updated most of the programming languages to their latest versions, PHP was a particularly large update, going from 5.6 to 7.2. AppStream metadata support has also been enhanced, giving a much richer experience with software selection in both GNOME and Plasma through their respective software search tools, there have also been improvements to laptops with Optimus and to the ARM port. More details are available here.

We hope that the release works well for you, but if there are issues please report them to our bugzilla so that we can get around to sorting them for release. If you want to get involved in ISO testing, packaging or any other aspect of Mageia, there is lots of information here.

A huge hand to all of the people involved with getting this release out of the door, and to all of the testers for giving us the feedback that we need to get Mageia 7 ready.

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18 Responses to Announcing Mageia 7 Beta 1

  1. Dave says:

    Will dnfdragora and manatools included into mageia 7?
    Thanks for the hard work!

    • Filip says:

      Of course. Why they should be droped?

      • Dave says:

        I think you’re referring to Mageia Control Center, i’m talking about manatools.
        Manatools is a port of MCC to libYui (Suse widget abstraction library), but its aim is to give an easy and common interface to develop and add new modules based on libYui. Every modules as well as ManaTools mpan itself can be run using QT, Gtk or ncurses interface.

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  4. > PHP was a particularly large update, going from 5.6 to 7.2.

    Yeah – by jumping a full version. I mean come on … 😉

    • Filip says:

      I don’t understand your point. PHP 5.6 is EOL in some weeks. So the jump is natural. If you know the language you also know why there was no rush. But OTOH Mageia 6 has also 7.2 backported.

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  9. DimDob says:

    Thank you very much Mageicians! I already feel it will be an excellent release. It is snappier than Mageia 6, lots of updated packages as Plasma 5.14, mesa 18.3, nvidia driver 410, I see also vulkan libraries included, gcc 8.2, Xorg 1.20, wine 3.13 (could have been newer) etc. Tested it in VBox and so far no problems at all!

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  11. dusan says:

    Thank you for your hard work.

    I testing in virtualbox.

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  13. Ev Bacon says:

    Hi Mageia Devs and enthusiasts. I saw the news for this newly released beta on Distrowatch and decided to give it a try having never used a distro which uses RPM packages. I haven’t used it enough to really offer any substantial critiques but I did want to point out a little mistake right off the bat.

    The “Welcome to Mageia” slideshow upon logging in is quite helpful; but there’s a mistake in the section that gives an overview to configuring package management. It says that Mageia has only “core” enabled with “non-free” and “tainted” disabled by default. Upon clicking the “Edit Software Sources” repo manager has “non-free” enabled automatically.

    I realize that this is probably one of the least crucial pieces of input but I suppose there could be issues if somebody wanted to install a completely FOSS system and never checked the repo beforehand. They’d find their newly installed distro could have software they did not want or intend to install already on their computer, which they would then have to go back, reconfigure the repo list, and reinstall the beta.

    You can see a screenshot of what I’ve described here if I haven’t explained it well enough:
    https://i.postimg.cc/JzgbPC2f/Screenshot-20181212-213824.png

    Keep up the hard work and happy holidays!

    • benmc says:

      Thanks for your comments.
      The Mageia Welcome is having a rework for release with Mageia 7,so it is possible your suggestion will be incorporated.
      During the install you can specify not to use the non-free, but the installer will “pre-select” if non-free hardware is discovered.

  14. John Dennis says:

    It is great to see this and to have so many items that are current. I am glad that ESR software is not used as so many do like using FireFox ESR as the older version never works well for me. When I did the install doing the updates would fail but might have been because I did not pick other sources while doing the install. It did not really matter as after it failed a few times I did the back button and then it went to restart and every thing was fine from that point on. I look forward to using this as it seems to have what I need it to have.

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