Get involved with Mageia, become a Packager

With Mageia 8 just released and development for Mageia 9 getting underway in Cauldron, the unstable branch of Mageia, now is a great time to get involved with packaging.

We are starting to look at the features that we want to include for Mageia 9, and as it is so early in the development cycle, now is the time for major developments, or big updates to key pieces of software. This is a great time to join the project as you can propose features you would like to see, help to implement large changes or see how a distribution evolves through development, stabilisation and then is released.

If there is an application that you are interested in, if you want to help maintain part of the distribution, or if you want to learn something new, there are many opportunities to do so with the packaging team.
Those who have knowledge of rpm packaging that want to jump straight in might want to skip the next section and head over to the Becoming a Mageia Packager page here on the Mageia wiki.

Packaging a piece of software involves taking the source code from the upstream developer and turning it into something that is easily managed by the end-users of an installed Mageia system. This involves making sure that the package has all of the needed dependencies to both build and run correctly, as well as tuning the configuration of the build and installed software to be optimal for the Mageia ecosystem. This is done by writing a spec file that is used as a recipe to build an installable rpm package.

The layout of the spec file is very logical and can be followed with minimal programming experience. All that’s needed to get to grips with the basics are initiative, enthusiasm, and the will to learn. There is a good breakdown of what’s in a spec file and how it works here.

So, if you want to jump in and get involved, the next step is to make a Mageia account and follow the guide here. It will explain the next steps of getting set up and finding a mentor. There are also mailing lists and IRC channels (#mageia-dev) if you want to ask questions about what is involved.

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Emergency Updates about the direction of Mageia

Warning: this post is a joke of 1st April.

Considering the complete lack of bugs in urpm and in the RPM package
format, which we’ve grown tired of, The Executive Committee has
approved the switch to Debian package manager, apt.

We will rebuild Cauldron to adopt the .deb package to have it in place
for Mageia 9.
We will also adopt the Arch Installer, ditch Mageia Control
Centre for raw conf files, and will also suppress urpm, rpm, dnf, pagure, iurt and mock.
Infra will be migrated to a fork of Debian build system.

We also will focus on releasing CDE Desktop as the only supported
desktop environment. With support for all other desktop
environments and window managers like Plasma, GNOME, Xfce, mate,
cinnamon, lxqt, lxde, awesome, e17 and fwvm being removed from Mageia.

Full details available on the Mageia wiki here.

Existing installations will be migrated automatically to the new and improvedTM Magebian.

We are so excited about the challenge to bring you a robust rolling
release distribution and will provide a preview next month.

Thank you for joining us in welcoming in Spring/Autumn on the 1st of April, see you again next year, happy April Fools Day 🙂

Regards,

Nicolas L. neoclust
Aurélien O. auroud85
Pascal V. maat

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A New Board to go with the New Release

The Mageia Association met for its Associate General Meeting on the 1st of March with the intention of electing a new Board to govern Mageia, as per the Mageia Constitution
The Board consists of 6 – 12 individuals that oversee the financials and running of the distribution on matters that are above the Mageia Council. The new Board consists of individuals from around the world that have all joined the Mageia project with the hope of creating a unique and successful distribution that continues the legacy of powerful flexibility and ease of use set out at the start of the project. The new Board members are as follows:

  • Thomas Backlund (tmb)
  • Jean-Baptiste Biernacki (jybz)
  • Yves Brungard (papoteur)
  • Bruno Cornec (bcornec)
  • Neal Gompa (ngompa)
  • David W. Hodgins (davidwhodgins)
  • Nicolas Lécureuil (neoclust)
  • Aurelien Oudelet (auroud85)
  • Donald Stewart (schultz)
  • Jean Michel Varvou (vouf)
  • Pascal Vilarem (maat)

On top of this, a new executive committee was also elected by the new board, consisting of Chairman, Treasurer, and Secretary. These roles are fulfilled by Nicolas Lécureuil, Pascal Vilarem, and Aurelien Oudelet, respectively.

The board is now discussing how to promote Mageia in the coming year, and how to make the association stronger in the long run.

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Made it to a byte – announcing the release of Mageia 8

Everyone at Mageia is very excited to announce the release of Mageia 8. 
Mageia 8 comes with new exciting features, major updates to your favourite programmes as well as support for recent hardware.

The release is available to download directly, or as a torrent from here. There are classical installer images for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, as well as live DVD’s for 64-bit Plasma, GNOME, Xfce, and 32-bit Xfce. Don’t worry if you prefer another desktop, there is a huge selection available to install once you are online, there is also installation support and a guide for new users.

Upgrades from Mageia 7 are also supported, full details of the upgrade paths are available in the release notes.

Mageia 8 comes with a wide variety of desktops and window managers, lots of software options and tools. 
Here are the versions of some of the major packages that ship with Mageia 8:    

  • kernel 5.10.16
  • rpm 4.16.1.2
  • urpmi 8.125
  • dnf 4.6.0
  • Mesa 20.3.4
  • Plasma 5.20.4
  • GNOME 3.38
  • Xfce 4.16
  • Firefox 78
  • Chromium 88
  • LibreOffice 7.0.4.2

The full list of included software can be seen in the Mageia Application Database.

ARM support has continued to develop, with both AArch64 and ARMv7 now having all packages built and being close to primary architectures now. Support for Wi-Fi installation in the classical installer using WPA2 encryption has been added, as well as improved support for newer filesystems allowing installations on F2FS. Support for NILFS, XFS, exFAT and Windows 10 NTFS has been improved to allow for better partition management. The Live installer has also had significant development. Boot times have been greatly reduced with the use of Zstd compression and improved hardware detection and the support for installing updates as a final step of the installation has been added. Zstd compression has also been applied to the rescue mode, allowing for faster startup, support for encrypted LVM/LUKS has also been added. There has also been plenty of work on other parts of the distribution, SSD support has been added to rpm and Zstd metadata compression as well as a reinstall option added to urpmi. Further details on the new features and improvements in Mageia 8 can be found in the release notes.

This release of Mageia would not have happened without the help of our amazing community that gives their time to make everything we do possible. So, a huge hand is due to everyone that helped with packaging, development, testing, and doing QA on all of the packages and ISO’s, as well as to the translators, documentation team, web team, sysadmins, artists, and everyone else that has helped to bring this release together. If this is something that you would like to be involved with, there is lots of information available on how to get involved!

As always, please don’t forget to check release notes and errata.

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Announcing Mageia 8 RC1

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback so that we can continue workingto get Mageia 8 ready for release.

Mageia 8’s new artwork has also been integrated, the community has made some really nice images, here is the new signature background, as well as the additional backgrounds that will be included.

Here are some of the major packages included in this release:               

  • Kernel – 5.10.12 LTS
  • glibc – 2.32
  • gcc – 10.2.1
  • rpm – 4.16.1.2
  • Chromium – 88 (x86_64-only)   
  • Firefox – 78.7 (ESR)   
  • LibreOffice – 7.0.4.2   
  • Plasma – 5.20.4   
  • GNOME 3.38.3   
  • Cinnamon 4.8.3   
  • Xfce 4.16   
  • Mate 1.24


PHP was recently updated to 8.0.2, therefore, feedback on PHP applications will be helpful to check for issues. The NVIDIA drivers have been switched to gl-vendor-neutral-dispatch, so MESA applications can work on such systems, with 460 series on x86_64 and 390 series still available. Note that the NVIDIA 340 series is no longer supported. DrakX, our installer, will switch supported systems to NVIDIA 390 where possible, or use the nouveau driver if they are unsupported by the newer drivers.

For AMD graphic cards based on Southern Islands family (Tahiti, Pitcairn, Oland, Verde, Hainan) and Sea Islands family (Kaveri, Bonaire, Hawaii, Kabini, Mullins) we are now defaulting to the newer amdgpudriver instead of the older Radeon, and feedback, if it works properly or not on your hardware, would be helpful.

A full list of included packages is available in the .idx file for the classical installation media or the .lst file for the live iso images.
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 set of available ISO images is the same as in Mageia 7, offering installation media for both 32 and 64 bit systems, 64bit live images for Plasma, GNOME and Xfce, as well as a 32bit live image for Xfce. Some of the major improvements in ISO are that our netinstall can now be used to install over Wi-Fi connections with WPA encryption. Previously, only WEP encryption was available. You can find more information in the Release Notes.
Also, please note the issues listed in the Errata. These are in the process of being evaluated, so updates during installation may provide fixes to a number of them. Please add online repositories when you install this RC1 and don’t forget to update after installation.
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 the final release. If you want to get involved in ISO testing, packaging 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 8 ready.

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