The Mageia Community is very happy to announce what will hopefully be the last release before Mageia 7 is final. We all hope that this release builds on the quality of the previous beta releases.
The release process so far has been smooth so we all hope that there are no new release critical bugs found here and that we can get Mageia 7 out into the wild shortly!
If you want to get involved with the final stage of testing, the ISO’s are available to download directly, and by torrent here.
Here are a few release highlights and package versions:
- kernel 5.1.5
- rpm 4.14.2
- dnf 4.2.6
- Mesa 19.1
- Plasma 5.15.4
- GNOME 3.32
- Xfce 4.13.5
- Firefox 67
- Chromium 73
- LibreOffice 6.2.3
More details about what is coming in Mageia 7 are available here.
Assuming that this release candidate doesn’t have any critical bugs, the final release ISO’s can be built, targeting final release in roughly a week or two.
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 have needed to get this release ready.
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This is amazing, you guys really carry the torch for what Mandriva used to do. Thanks so much for your continuing hard work on this. It’s definitely beginner friendly and a very nice distro by all means.
Muchly looking forward to final release. Mageia 6 has been one of the very very few distros to last on my PC for more than an hour or so – been about 4 or 5 months now. Have been watching the improvements in 7, and everything beautifully stable. Onya, developers. You deserve every kudo 🙂
Our Xfce version is 4.14pre 🙂
Indeed, the task- package is still at 4.12, went with that for the version.
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Wrote a review of it at https://linuxreviews.org/Mageia and our verdict is that it needs some more polish. Good luck to you. I hope I’ll be able to write a more positive review in the future without having to point out glaring oversights.
I’ll have to try it out to see what the author is talking about. It used to give you an option to download updates after the installation (which I pass, as I see no way to configure my wifi from the installer and it doesn’t seem to read my /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf file, so I wait until after I log in and mgaonline tells me that there are updates available). The only complaint I see is about not being able to do disk encryption in the installer (that’s a bit over my head), and the “it’s not slick enough” line comes out of nowhere; the article doesn’t lead to that conclusion. (BTW, you can use dnf (even in Mageia 6) and I thought Mageia 7 was supposed to have migrated to dnf, using wrappers around dnf for the urpm* commands, like OpenMandriva has already done, but dnf has a couple of annoyances wrt to installing local files, so until they’re worked out, it’s probably best to continue to use urpmi as the primary package manager.)
The only complaint I have about the installer (at least in versions 5 and 6; again, I haven’t tried 7 RC1 yet) is that grub2-efi (and an EFI partition) is required, even if you have BIOS. Not that I mind that much, but for nostalgia I would love to use LILO, without going into the BIOS boot manager (F12 on my computer) and selecting the hard disk manually.
Thank you for your feedback. When I say “Not having any strait-forward option to encrypt may be a deal-breaker” I do mean that it may be fine for some and for others, like me, it may means that I’m simply not going to use it. The same applies to inclusion of proprietary drivers; some may like it and some won’t. Everyone can make educated choices of their own, but what the choices are and aren’t is worth mentioning. 🙂
if you are booting in UEFI, and the installer boot menu says efi in its title, grub2-efi will be required, as will an efi partition. if you are booting legacy bios with grub2 you will need an empty “bios” partition. this is how most of my systems partitions are arranged.
It’s true that Adwaita is a far from perfect theme but I find it a bit strange to mention that when writing a review because it’s easy to change it. Besides, Ubuntu’s Greybird is as bad as Adwaita. I just use TraditionalOk.
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distro 7 beta1 “live disc” does not communicate with servers – although it does show “connected”.
Could you confirm that this still happens with the RC release, please.
Works and looks great. I booted Mageia-7-rc-Live-Plasma-x86_64 and I only had two issues:
1. I chose to use the non-free Nvidia drivers but after boot completed Xorg failed to start. On my Asus laptop I have two GPUs (Nvidia and Intel) and I couldn’t get the Nvidia GPU to work with Mageia so far.
2. Mageia Control Center >> Snapsots is still broken, please remove it from MCC before releasing Mageia 7.
Thanks and best wishes.
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You are doing wery nice job on Mageia and I am very happy to use it. I will make a donation in the future. I am a beginner and so far I am happy on the 7 Beta. Only Clamtk is not working because of some patent issue that I have not been able to solve so that is why I still use other Linux beside Mageia. Thanks.
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the icon’s on desktop the text is now full en not hidden, after mouse-out
Also when login with password then after screensaver, screensaver still on after many hits on any button. So turnoff is then the only option.
Is the Mageia homophobic? Kardos Laszlo is a leader of the Hungarian Mageia translator team. He used very bad words on the Facebook against the Debian’s celebration of the Pride Month: