The Enormous Mageia 6 Update

Watch this space, we said – well, your patience is soon to be rewarded!

Releasing the Mageia 6 updates for QT5, KF5, Plasma, KDE and LXQt has just been approved. There will be well over 500 packages in total!

To help reduce the chance of users trying to install the updates from a mirror that hasn’t been fully updated, the hdlist generation will be held for 24 hours after the updates are pushed from updates testing to the updates repository. This should help ensure that the mirrors are fully synced before the hdlist generation is turned back on, and the updates are actually made available for users to install from the normal updates repository.

The hdlist is the list of packages, and their version, that the update system uses to know if updates are available – it is much smaller than the updates themselves, so delaying it will not impact the mirror synchronisation.

The next step will be to retest upgrading from Mageia 5 KDE to Mageia 6 Plasma, so we can turn the flag back on to allow upgrading using mgaapplet. Once that’s done, the limited provision of security updates for Mageia 5 that we’ve been doing will cease.

Then we can start producing and testing the Mageia 6.1 iso images to allow installing on systems with newer CPUs.

After Mageia 6.1 is released, Mageia 7 will become the primary focus, although Mageia 7 has already been in development for some time.

Also, we just learned yesterday about the new Spectre NG bugs. Once the mitigations for those are available, Mageia 6 installed systems will get those updates, but we’ll have to decide whether to build Mageia 6.2 iso images, or leave those updates for Mageia 7, for live iso users.

Roundup

And, of course, there have still been many other updates since the last Roundup – here’s what happened in Weeks 17 and 18:

Security fixes:

  • php   Mga5, 6
  • gsoap    Mga6
  • boost    Mga6
  • ghostscript    Mga5, 6
  • java-1.8.0-openjdk, copy-jdk-configs    Mga5, 6
  • links    Mga 5, 6
  • anki    Mga6
  • xdg-user-dirs    Mga6
  • libofx    Mga6
  • webkit2    Mga6
  • ming    Mga6
  • sox    Mga5, 6

Bugfix:

  • freerdp Mga6

… and almost a thousand updated packages into Cauldron for Mageia 7! A great big vote of thanks to our devs and QA people, without whom we would all be lost.

Remember to keep watching the usual resources: the Mageia AppDBPkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening.

Enjoy!

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Weekly Roundup 2018 – Week 16

Team leader elections are almost complete. Here’s the list, also viewable any time at https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Org_Council#2018:

  • Atelier: Donald Stewart (Schultz), Filip Komar (filip)
  • Bug Squad: Marja van Waes (marja), Samuel Verschelde (stormi)
  • Documentation: Yves Brungard (papoteur), A.M. Desmottes (lebarhon)
  • Forums team: Florian Hubold (doktor5000), isadora (isadora), Pascal Vilarem (Maât)
  • I18n: Yuri Chornoivan (yurchor),
  • Packagers: Neal Gompa (ngompa), Nicolas Lécureuil (neoclust)
  • QA: David Hodgins (DavidWHodgins), Bill Kenney (wilcal), Thomas J Andrews (TJ)
  • Security Team: David Walser (luigiwalser)
  • Sysadmins: Pascal Vilarem (Maât)

The first meeting of the new Council will be on IRC this week; for meeting logs see http://meetbot.mageia.org/. Meeting logs are open to all!

Work on the LXQt packages is still ongoing; watch this space for Great Plasma Update news. Updates and advisories this past week are coming along just fine – around 400 updates into Cauldron, and the following security advisories:

  • libtiff        Mga 5, 6
  • thunderbird, thunderbird-l10n        Mga 5, 6
  • zsh        Mga 6
  • flash-player-plugin        Mga 6
  • python-paramiko        Mga 6
  • firefox, firefox-l10n, nspr        Mga 6

As always, you can check for yourself on Mageia Advisories, the Mageia AppDBPkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening.

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Weekly Roundup 2018 – Weeks 14 & 15

Many thanks for your patience! This is turning into a bi-weekly roundup lately, but we’ll try to get it back on track very soon.

Team leader elections are happening: Donald and Filip continue to lead Atelier, Papoteur leads Docteam, Yuri leads i18n and the process is underway for all teams. We’ll know the make-up of the Council in the coming days – thanks to Marja for the updates. After that, we’ll be finding out the new composition of the Board. All should be in place by early May.

The Great Plasma Update is almost there: it includes updates of the KF5, Plasma, KDE applications, LXQT and the underlying QT stacks. It’s currently waiting for the LXQT stack to be fixed. It’s a massive number of packages. We’re hoping it will be moved into updates within the week. Once that’s done, Mageia 6.1 will happen soon after.

Lots of update advisories came through in the last 2 weeks. If you’d like to check these between roundups, don’t forget you can go to Mageia Advisories. As usual, they have mostly been Mageia 6 security updates and only Mageia 6 bugfixes:

Security

  • samba Mga5, 6
  • libvncserver Mga5, 6
  • php Mga5, 6

All the others are Mga6

  • nx
  • cfitsio
  • nmap
  • ntp
  • aubio
  • 389-ds-base
  • acpica-tools
  • puppet
  • openssl

Bugfixes (Mga6 only):

  • pngcheck
  • cargo, rust
  • openconnect, networkmanager-openconnect
  • rpm

… and at least 866 package notifications came through the cauldron updates list in the last two weeks. Madb (Cauldron updates) has all this information between roundups.

Remember also the other resources: the Mageia AppDB, PkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening.

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Weekly Roundup 2018 – Weeks 12 & 13

Apologies for the wait between roundups – life has a way of taking over, sometimes; anyway, here’s the latest.

Since the last Roundup there have been quite a few updates coming through. You’ll see there are still a few security updates still coming in for Mga5, and that some kernel and microcode updates have also come through for Mageia 6.

QA tests of the update of Plasma in Mageia 6 are getting better and better, but there are still some bugs remaining. Martin’s qarepo package has been updated to v1.3 only a couple of days ago, making testers’ lives a little easier; hopefully this will help with huge meta-packages like Plasma. Once Plasma is sorted, and any fallout bugs are fixed, the path to both Mageia 5 to Mageia 6, and Mageia 6.1 will be a lot clearer.

Here’s the list of packages that had advisories over the past two weeks:

Security

  • xerces-c  – Mga5
  • squirrelmail  – Mga5, Mga6
  • libvorbis  – Mga5, Mga6
  • shadow-utils – Mga5, Mga6
  • SDL_image, mingw-SDL_image – Mga5, Mga6
  • sqlite3 – Mga5, Mga6
  • libtiff – Mga5, Mga6
  • python-pycrypto – Mga5, Mga6
  • flash-player-plugin – Mga6
  • libvirt – Mga6
  • net-snmp – Mga6
  • mailman – Mga6
  • exempi – Mga6
  • jupyter-notebook Mga6
  • microcode Mga6
  • leptonica, mingw Mga6
  • sharutils Mga6
  • bugzilla Mga6
  • kernel, kernel-userspace-headers, kmod-vboxadditions, kmod-virtualbox, kmod-xtables-addons, wireguard-tools Mga6

Bugfixes – all Mga6

  • glu
  • lame
  • numlock
  • nvidia-current, ldetect-lst
  • voxelands
  • zbar

As always, you can check for yourself on Mageia Advisories, the Mageia AppDB, PkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening. For Cauldron updates, the link is http://madb.mageia.org/rpm/list/listtype/updates/release/cauldron
– remember to click on the Applications drop-down to see all packages including libraries.

Update: correction from “upgrade from KDE4 to Plasma” to Plasma Update

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Weekly roundup 2018, Week 11 and CLT!

Very small Roundup this week, so there will be space for the CLT report and pics – thanks Marc for writing this up!

Loads of updates through; as always, you can check for yourself on Mageia Advisories, the Mageia AppDBPkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening.

Review of Chemnitzer Linux Days 2018

As mentioned in a previous posting, we have been to CLT – now we’re back from Chemnitz and looking back on an amazing event.

We were there with four attendees at the booth, and we welcomed a lot of nice and friendly people, and had some interesting discussions. We brought back some insights from users from outside our channels: some of them reported rock stable updates and also installation of old hardware without any issues. This deserves a big thank-you to our packagers and QA, which are testing updates and isos also on very old hardware, which is honoured by the users.

However there is also some not-so-good news: we are not as well known in Germany as we would like to be. There are still a lot of people who know Ubuntu, RedHat, Fedora etc, some of them still know Mandriva from previous times, but the young people even did not know our ancestors. So what we can do to increase our degree of popularity?

Nevertheless we would like to thank the CLT team  for this perfectly organised event (the exhibitors call it “Chemnitzer Catering Days (with Linux talks)”), the interesting talks and the opportunity to show our great distribution. See you next year…

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