Donation to Framasoft

When we at Mageia write blog posts and other announcements, we use a collaborative editing tool called Etherpad to draft the text.  In the past, the links to these draft documents were accessible from our mailing list archives and wide open for anyone to access.  Fortunately, we found a better way to do this thanks to Framasoft. Framasoft provides the excellent MyPads platform, which provides a folder to store multiple Etherpads with access control, title editing, and sorting by date and name. Having a single point of access for our draft documents has been a huge help to getting blog posts written and proofread, and has provided a way to keep track of what we have coming. In addition to this excellent service, Framasoft provides other services such as spreadsheets, mindmapping, drawing, and undoubtedly some other tools that we will find useful in the future. A full list can be seen here. While Framasoft does host and offers free usage of these services, it should be noted that their main aim is to develop this platform for self-hosting, not to offer a hosted service.

It is to this end that we would like to announce a donation of 250 to Framasoft. It has always been one of the goals of Mageia to not only develop an excellent high-quality operating system and community surrounding the project, but also to help with the general development and support of Free and Open Source software in the wider community. It is excellent to be able to use and support an association like Framasoft. They offer fantastic services, and supporting them fits with the goals that Mageia has laid out since the beginning. You can read more about the Framasoft association here.

As a further note to this, we would like to look into hosting the Framasoft software on our own infrastructure in the future. Unfortunately, with the infrastructure administration resources we currently have available, our current priorities are the release of Mageia 6 and general upkeep. Further development of our infrastructure will have to take place in the future as time and resources allow. So, in the meantime, we hope that this donation will help to cover our usage of Framasoft’s services.

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Mageia at JDLL 2017 in Lyon on the 1st and 2nd of April

JDLL banner

A quick late notice that a few contributors will have a stand at the yearly Libre Software Days in Lyon (“Journées du Logiciel Libre”, in French), as they do every year, next weekend (1st and 2nd of April).

As always, it’s a nice occasion to discuss and get to know others in the Mageia community (which includes every user, of course) as well as see what other communities are working on, so if you happen to be able to come, you are welcome!

The event’s program (in french) : http://www.jdll.org/programme/

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Weekly Roundup – 2017, week 12

Another week has passed and there have been many changes with Cauldron as well as continued testing on RC ISOs for Mageia 6. Mageia 5 has also received some important updates.

Cauldron

As we are hoping to release the release candidate for Mageia 6 soon, the focus on development in Cauldron is switching more and more away from new releases and features to focus on bug fixes and getting the packaged software into the best state for release. That being said, there was a major update to Gnome 3.24. This is currently in updates_testing to check was major issues and regressions before being pushing to release if everything is ok.

Another big update was to move to ICU 58.2, which is a requirement for packaging Firefox 52 ESR. The rebuilds went relatively well in core/updates_testing, but after the rebuilt packages were moved to core/release, some issues appeared with Cauldron. Ironically, all Mozilla software (Firefox, Thunderbird, Seamonkey/Iceape) crashed with this new version, forcing us to rebuild them against their bundled ICU code base. We could finally fix the crashes with the system library by adding Mozilla patches to ICU 58.2, which should hopefully allow us to package all Mozilla software against the system ICU.

There were updates to LibreOffice (5.3.2 RC1) which will be updated to final before Mageia 6 is released. The libinput RC update from last week was also updated to final. Samba was updated to 4.5.7, fixing this Mageia bug and a security issue where a symlink race could be used to gain access to parts of the filesystem not shared, see this CVE for further details. DNF was updated to 2.1.1, Mesa to 17.0.2 and flash player plugin was also updated to 25.0.0.127. Firefox/Thunderbird are currently on versions 45.8.0 ESR, with the intention to update them to the 52 ESR branch for the final release.

ISO testing for Mageia 6 RC started last week, and a new round of ISOs was built yesterday. Testing so far is looking good.

Mageia 5

There have been lots of updates submitted for validation, here is the full list, the highlights of which are:

  • Flash – 25.0.0.127 – multiple CVE fixes
  • Kernel 4.4.55
  • qbittorrent 3.3.11
  • Firefox/Thunderbird 45.8.0, this closes MGASA 2017-0081 and 0082 respectively.

Community

The introduction of packager groups for various programming languages was discussed last week, and acted upon yesterday. As a first step, groups were created for thePerl, Python, Java and PHP stacks. If you’d like to help with the debugging and packaging of those stacks, don’t hesitate to join them. More information is available here.

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Review: Back from CLT 2017

It’s almost a week since the Chemnitzer Linux days: time for a brief review (link in German):

To make a long story short: This meeting was a big success.

Alfred and I arrived on Friday evening and went to check out the location. The slogan “Barrieren einreißen” (engl: “tear down barriers”) couldn’t have been chosen better. To get there by the shortest route you had to tear down many barriers, since it seems that Chemnitz is a single big construction site. So it took us a while to find the best alternative route. 

When we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by the organisation team and had our first discussion, about the relation between the number of free projects and the number of companies, and the danger of sponsoring of this kind of event by big companies. On the other hand the free projects benefit from the lower costs, the preparation of the booth (incl free printing of a poster) and two days of free catering.

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On Saturday morning, after Jürgen and Frank‘s arrival to complete our booth attendance, we were a little bit afraid that our booth wouldn’t get enough attention, because it was located in a corner. It turned out to be not the case: we were getting in contact with a lot of different people and there was enough time for various discussions about our project. Also our presentation of the upcoming Mageia 6 raised a lot of interest. We had a lot of giveaways, too, like pens, stickers, cups, t-shirts and USB sticks (which we exchanged for a small donation) and also the swiss cookies attracted visitors and booth attendants the same way. Because there were 4 of us, there was also some time for visiting talks and getting in contact with other projects around us.

On Saturday evening there was (as every year) the big dinner for staff and booth attendants with plenty of food and drink. And even there we had some very interesting and informative discussions with people from other projects or associations (a special regards to Christoph from LUG Frankfurt (Link in German), if he’s reading this). 

It felt like the Sunday was not as busy (many of the visitors already visited the booth on Saturday), but anyway the booth of Mageia still attracted many other visitors. There were some who complimented Mageia as the only distribution to get their WIFI to work or others who are using this distribution and the ancestors since Mandrake times. However there are still some people around who had never heard about Mageia, even though it has already existed for around 7 years and released 5 great versions. So this should lead us to increase our marketing as we did with this presence at the CLT.

Finally we want to  say a big “Thank you” to the organisation team of CLT 2017 for giving us the opportunity to present Mageia there. In exchange for the printing of a second poster we donated 20€ to the penguins of the animal park in Limbach-Oberfrohna, who are adopted by the CLT (link in German / Video in German).

We are looking forward to presenting at CLT 2018 as well.

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Weekly roundup – 2017, week 11

It has been another busy week with lots of changes, upgrades, tests and news.

Cauldron

All of the Mageia-developed tools have been updated to include the latest translations, as well as updates to the DrakX installer that will hopefully fix some of the remaining bugs, more on that later. libinput was updated to 1.7 RC2, so if there are any regressions with input devices following this, please submit bugs to the bugzilla, so that we can help upstream fix them in time for Mageia 6. The kernel was updated to 4.9.15 final yesterday, with the required rebuilds following, so that update should be available soon, if not already. KDE applications 16.12.3 and MATE 1.18 also landed. The FFmpeg update and required rebuilds were finalised, so hopefully, all the issues have been straightened out there, v4l-utils 1.12.3 also landed. Builds for an update VLC 3.0-git snapshot are also ongoing. There were also updates to Calibre 2.81 and LibreOffice 5.3.1.rc2. As this was written, there was extensive activity on the build system, so plenty of updates should be coming.

Sta2 testing feedback roundup:

While the majority of the feedback has been positive, to the extent that we are moving forwards towards a release candidate build, there are still ongoing issues with NVIDIA proprietary drivers, specifically the 340 driver for slightly older cards. Testing for fixes is ongoing, a new round of internal ISOs was generated to test this and to check the status on installer bugs, such as some buttons appearing off screen at the partitioning stage in some languages. The next round of ISO testing will be in preparation for the RC release.

Mageia 5

Kernel updates to 4.4.54 are in testing, so expect these soon once the updates have been validated.

Security updates to MariaDB, Pidgin, libquicktime and others are currently going through validation, as well as a few others that will be available soon.

Community

Maintainer groups for the main programming languages are in the process of being setup, to nominally share the work load of the huge perl or python stacks on groups of packagers. Similar groups for other large stacks or components proved successful for the kernel, the Mageia tools and some desktop environments so this will allow for similar work sharing on the language stacks.

Successful event at the Chemnitz Linux Day, Mageia had a booth there showing our system with contributors on hand to answer questions, full write up coming soon, but in the meantime, some pictures are up on the German Forum.

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