Mageia 9 alpha is here already

We are happy to announce the release of the test images of Mageia 9. These are available to early testers to help with the development towards a stable final release of Mageia 9. There have been large scale updates of all packages as well as new features implemented to improve what Mageia already offered.

Some of the key updates include:    

  • Kernel – 6.0.5
  • glib – 2.36
  • gcc – 12.2.1
  • rpm – 4.18.0
  • Chromium – 106
  • Firefox ESR – 102.5
  • LibreOffice – 7.4.2
  • Plasma – 5.25.9
  • GNOME 43.1
  • Xfce 4.17
  • LXQt 1.2.0

 A full list of included packages is available in the .idx file for the installation media.

For those that want to jump in and test straight away, the images can be downloaded here. As always with pre-release images, use your best judgement.

The available ISO images are the same as in Mageia 8, offering installation media for both 32 and 64bit systems, 64bit live images for Plasma, GNOME and Xfce, as well as a 32bit live image for Xfce.

The Control Centre now adds a new feature that will allow the removal of old kernels. This feature will be automated by default in Mageia 9, but will also allow the user to configure and run it manually. There are also improvements in boot times with the Plasma update to 5.25 and Systemd.

And as always there are many package updates. So please update during or at least soon after install.

Of course you’re very welcome to join us.

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