Everyone at Mageia is very happy to get the final beta release before Mageia 7 out for testing! We all hope that this release builds on the quality of the previous two beta releases and that with the extra tests from the community will put Mageia 7 in a good place for the coming release candidate.
There is still lots to be done before the final release, and the more tests that we can get, the better. There have been large updates to Qt and Plasma, as well as some other key components since beta 2, with the new artwork for Mageia 7 almost ready for integration too.
The ISO’s will be available to download directly, and by torrent here.
Here are a few release highlights and package versions:
- kernel 5.0.7
- rpm 4.14.2
- Plasma 5.15.4
- GNOME 3.32
- Xfce 4.13
- Firefox 66
- Chromium 73
- LibreOffice 6.2.2
More details about what is coming in Mageia 7 are available here.
The next step in the release will be the version freeze, where no new versions of packages are allowed without a valid exception, this will likely happen around April 23rd. Once this has happened, the release candidate builds will begin, targetting release around May 6th-12th. This will be followed by the release freeze, where no new package updates will be allowed unless to fix a release-critical issue. This will happen about a week after the release candidate release. Finally, the final release ISO’s can be built, targetting final release around the end of May depending on how long it takes to get a release quality ISO.
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, package 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.