Announcing Mageia 7 Beta 1

Everyone at Mageia is very happy to get the first step towards Mageia 7 released! Mageia 7 beta 1 comes with lots of exciting changes and updates, and while a beta with lots of development work, it has been a nice release for a beta, not needing too many rounds of building to get workable images.

There is still a lot of work to come before Mageia 7 is ready, a big Qt and Plasma update, fixes for MATE and more checks on 32-bit hardware as well as the artwork for Mageia 7. We are all looking forward to implementing these changes and getting all of the rough edges polished out with all of the help from the community.

This release will see the return of the Classical Installer as well as the Live Images, with the standard lineup of architectures and Desktop Environments – 32 and 64-bit Classical Installers; 64-bit Plasma, GNOME and Xfce Live DVD’s and a 32 bit Xfce Live DVD.

The ISO’s will be available to download directly, and by torrent here.

Here are a few release highlights and package versions:

  • kernel 4.19.6
  • rpm 4.14.2
  • Plasma 5.14.2
  • GNOME 3.30
  • Xfce 4.13.4
  • Firefox 63
  • Chromium 70
  • LibreOffice 6.1.3

A full list of included software is available in the idx file for Classical ISO’s and the lst file for the Live Images.

We have also updated most of the programming languages to their latest versions, PHP was a particularly large update, going from 5.6 to 7.2. AppStream metadata support has also been enhanced, giving a much richer experience with software selection in both GNOME and Plasma through their respective software search tools, there have also been improvements to laptops with Optimus and to the ARM port. More details are available here.

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, 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 7 ready.

It’s Artwork Time – Mageia 7 Artwork Contest is Open

As with every release, the artwork for Mageia 7 comes from you, the great community that supports and makes Mageia possible. It’s time to start the process of getting Mageia 7 ready for release, updating all of the artwork and designs that will make it look great and unique. As in previous years, we’re looking for your contributions and ideas, but not just images and photos – if you have icons and logos, or ideas on how login screens or animations should look, then it’s time to discuss or show them off.

Art Project

Image credit – XKCD

We will normally choose a digital abstract piece using the colours of the Mageia logo for the signature background. It should be easily cropped to different aspect ratios without losing the feel of the image and have a resolution of at least 3,200 by 2,400px, in order to accommodate a wide variety of monitors.
Alternative background and screensavers have less restrictive guidelines, so if you feel like flexing your creativity, we’d love to see what you come up with.

Rules

The contest begins today, 30th of November and will run until the 28th of December, giving good time and hopefully some holidays for everyone to be creative.
Mageia will provide 1 official background, 10 additional backgrounds and all the other bits we do to make Mageia look great. If you’d like to participate, it’s easy:
Please submit your work to the Mageia 7 artwork drop. You also have the option to send a link to the Atelier mailing list.
The Atelier team will choose 10 backgrounds from different contributors to be included in the “additional backgrounds”.

Prerequisites

  • Minimal size: 3,200×2,400 px for images, preferably svg for icons
  • No borders
  • No text inside: the Mageia logo may be placed for show, but will need to be removable
  • Scalable or croppable for all possible aspect ratios: 4:3, 16:9, 16:10 etc.
  • License: CC By SA 3.0 or later

Please also have a look here for more information about things you have to watch out for, or to see previous Mageia wallpapers. Some screensavers and the Mageia 6 background are uploaded on the artwork drop for reference.
Photos will be considered for screensavers and additional backgrounds provided no recognizable people are visible. Please avoid copyrighted artwork, or, you must own the copyright and agree to the CC By SA 3.0 license.
All the work needs to be original with the source files (svg, xcf, etc) available and within Mageia’s artwork guidelines. Please upload a png or similar as they are much easier for previewing. We hope that these guidelines will make everything clear and help you to make something that will make Mageia look great. The guidelines cover the Official Mageia Logo, colour scheme, website motif, fonts, wallpaper and other elements. The Mageia official logo is also covered by our Trademark Policy.
Take a moment to learn the rules, then, jump in and create with us!

Final choice

The final winners will be chosen by the Mageia council and announced on the Mageia blog.
We’ll also try and put together some goodies for the winners, maybe a T-shirt, USB keys and pens or something along those lines.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the release of Mageia 6.1

This release brings all of the updates and development that has gone into Mageia 6 together into fresh installation media, giving users a kernel that supports hardware released after Mageia 6. The new installations will benefit from the countless updates that current fully updated Mageia systems will have, allowing new installations to avoid the need for a large update post install. So if you are currently running an up to date Mageia 6 system, there is no need to reinstall Mageia 6.1 as you will already be running the same packages.
This release is available with only Live media, i.e. Live Plasma, Live GNOME and Live Xfce in 64bits, and Live Xfce in 32 bits. A network installation is also available, for users wanting more granular control over the installation.

Some of the release highlights include:

  • Firefox – 60.2
  • Chromium – 68
  • LibreOffice – 5.3.7.2
  • Plasma – 5.12.2
  • GNOME – 3.24.3
  • Xfce – 4.12.0
  • VLC – 3.0.2
  • Kernel – 4.14.70

The kernel used in this release is the latest longterm support kernel, giving a well tested and stable base for the rest of the system.

While not critical to the installation process, updated Nvidia drivers have added support for newer Pascal based cards.

You can download the installation images either as a torrent, or regularly, both available here. The release notes for Mageia 6 are available here.

 

UPDATE: Don’t worry for classical installer. It’ll return in Mageia 7 release. Stay tuned as our Cauldron is bubbling.

Mageia at fête de l’humanité 2018

Mageia was at “La fête de l’humanité“, the “Festival of Humanity” in English, represented by our own dtux who reports:

The booths were in a different place from previous years, and we had a lot more visitors. We gave out all the flyers we brought by Saturday evening – there was only one left for Sunday – so we gave out Mageia stickers instead. We did not sell any T-shirts, but we sold two USB sticks.

Many people asked for general information; I spoke so much that I lost my voice! We had strong interest, coming from people already using a Linux distribution as well as from people wishing to turn to free software.

For myself, at a communication level, I am very satisfied by this week end. I must thank the people who were with me: Alex, Kevin and Sayat. They really helped me, because I couldn’t have managed these days alone.

The next exhibition will be probably the “Capitol du Libre” in Toulouse (Southern France). If you’re interested in helping me to run the booth, please don’t hesitate to say so.

Thank you Dtux, and above all, anyone wanting to join him in November at Toulouse please introduce yourselves, with a comment on this blog, by a message in the MLO French forum, or by posting to the discuss-fr mailing list .

Summer’s End Roundup 2018

Although it looked from the outside as if Mageians were sleeping through August, it wasn’t so! And now that it’s Autumn – fall for you folks in the North Americas – we’ll be more communicative, we promise.

Image By Duncan Harris from Nottingham, UK (Autumn #4) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Work on the 6.1 Release is ongoing, and we hope to make an announcement really soon; in the meantime, we can let you know that no classical ISOs are planned, simply the LiveCDs and NetInstall. Watch this space!

There’s been a lot of updating going on, as the little blue circle with the down arrow, appearing in your system tray regularly, will have told you – and the dev and QA teams have managed to put in a lot of work, for people who were supposed to be on holiday!

As always, we encourage our community to join any of the Mageia teams – we welcome you, and we’d really like your help. To make a start, check out the teams at http://www.mageia.org/community/.

Important announcement:

Support for Mageia 5 is now officially ended! Please upgrade your systems to Mageia 6 as soon as you can, because no more security updates or bug fixes will be coming through. The update is available through the system tray icon, so please make use of it.

If you’re upgrading from KDE4 to Plasma, remember: there could be some issues with older video cards. If you’re not sure, make certain before you update that you have another, non-KDE desktop environment installed – Xfce is usually problem-free. Log in to that non-KDE environment before you begin the update.

When you’re updating, take the usual precautions, especially since the Grand Plasma Update has happened recently. Make sure you have enough space, and that your internet connection will remain active for the whole process – and if you’re using a laptop, make sure you have your power supply connected. If the process halts before it completes, your system could be unusable.

And now for the Roundup!

Bugfixes (Mageia 6 only):

  • darktable
  • java-1.8.0-openjfx
  • nvidia-current
  • flightgear, flightgear-data, simgear
  • boomaga
  • rust
  • mageia-doc, desktop-common-data
  • drakxtools, drakx-installer-stage2
  • minetest
  • mageiawelcome
  • meta-task
  • steam, steam-udevrules
  • kajongg
  • lutris
  • supertuxkart

Security (mostly Mageia 6, but a few Mageia 5 – the very last!)

Mageia 5:

  • mariadb

Mageia 5 & 6:

  • mercurial
  • openslp

Mageia 6:

  • flash-player-plugin
  • ntp
  • wireshark
  • libxkbcommon
  • sleuthkit
  • libgd
  • java-1.8.0-openjdk
  • openssl
  • libxcursor
  • openssh
  • quazip
  • libarchive
  • virtualbox, kmod-virtualbox, kmod-vboxadditions
  • poppler
  • squirrelmail
  • libraw
  • thunderbird
  • bind
  • dpkg
  • cgit
  • sssd
  • flash-player-plugin
  • wpa_supplicant
  • kernel-linus
  • kernel-tmb
  • kernel, kernel-userspace-headers, kmod-vboxadditions, kmod-virtualbox, kmod-xtables-addons, wireguard-tools
  • microcode
  • chromium-browser-stable
  • kernel-linus
  • kernel-tmb
  • libtomcrypt
  • iceape
  • kernel, kernel-userspace-headers, kmod-vboxadditions, kmod-virtualbox, kmod-xtables-addons, wireguard-tools
  • libsndfile
  • mariadb
  • lftp
  • godot
  • blender, yafaray
  • soundtouch
  • glpi
  • openvpn
  • libsoup
  • libjpeg
  • mp3gain

As always, you can check Mageia Advisories, the Mageia AppDB, and PkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening.

Enjoy!

PS: It’s really Spring in the Southern Hemisphere…

Akademy 2018

Look for your favorite KDE contributor at Akademy 2018 Group Photo

This year I was in Vienna to attend Akademy 2018, the annual KDE world summit. It was my fourth Akademy after Berlin’2012 (in fact, Desktop Summit ), Brno’2014, and Berlin’2016 (together with QtCon). Interesting, I go to Akademy each 2 years – let’s try to improve it next year. 🙂

After a really long travel I could meet gearheads from all parts of world, including Brazil, old and new friends working together to improve the free software computing experience, each one giving a small (and someone, giant) parts to make this dream in reality. Always I meet these people I feel me recharged to continue my work on this dream.

I loved the talk of Volker about KDE Itinerary, a new application to manage passbook files related to travels. It think an app just to manage all kind of passbook files (like tickets for concerts, theaters, and more) like this could be a interesting addition to KDE software family, and a step behind KDE Itinerary. Anyway, waiting for news from this software.

The talk about creating transitions in Kdenlive make me think on how interesting could be a plugin to run bash (or python, maybe) in order to automate several steps in some works performed by editors in this software. Maybe use KDE Store to share it… well, ideas.

I know Camilo during the event. His talk about vvave give me hope for a new and great audio player application for our family, as we had in the past.

The last talk called my attention was Nate about some ideas to improve our ecosystem. Nate is doing a great work at the usability side, polishing our software in several ways. I recommend his blog to follow this work. Despite I agree in general – like, we need improve our PIM suite – I have some disagreements with others, like the idea of KDE developers contributing to LibreOffice. LibreOffice is a completely different source code with different technologies and practices, there are several (and for most of us, not mapped) influences from different organizations inside the LibreOffice Foundation directing the development of the suite, and in the last we have Calligra Suite – the idea sounded as “let’s drop Calligra”. But it was just a disagreements for a small suggestion, nothing more.

After the talk sessions, Akademy had a plenty of BoFs sessions for all kind of preferences. I attended to KDE and Qt (it is always interesting to keep eyes on this topic), KDE Phabricator (Phabricator is an amazing set of tool but suffers because the competitors are much better known and the usability must be improved), and MyCroft (I like the idea of integration between MyCroft and Plasma, specially for specific use cases like assistant to disabled people – I am thinking about it since some months).

This year Aracele, Sandro and me hosted a BoF titled “KDE in Americas”. The idea was present some of our achievements for KDE in South America and discuss with fellows from Central and North America about a “continental” event, bringing back the old CampKDE to a new edition together with LaKademy (the secret name is LaKamp :D). This ideia must be matured in the future.

This year I tried to host a BoF about KDE in Science and Cantor, but unfortunately I didn’t have feedback on potential attendees. Let’s see if in future we can host some of them.

Akademy is an amazing event where you can meet KDE contributors from different tasks and cultures, discuss to them, get feedback for current projects and build new ones. I would like to thanks KDE e.V. for the sponsorship and expect see you again next year (let’s try to insert a disturbance in this biannual sequence) at Akademy or, in some weeks at LaKademy!

Brazilians at Akademy 2018: KDHelio, Caio, Sandro, Filipe (me), Tomaz (below), Eliakin, Aracele, and Lays

Roundup 2018 – Weeks 28-30, an Anniversary, RMLL and more

What’s been happening?

Astonishing numbers of people in the northern hemisphere have been vacationing, harvesting, fighting fires – but there’s still a heap of work happening. Thanks, Mageians!

Mageia 6.1 is getting closer all the time, and in the meantime, some of you might have noticed that the Mageia 5->6 update is now available through the systray icon – it’s been enabled once more. To have it work, you need to re-enable “check for new releases” in the Updates Frequency settings in Mageia Control Centre. You’ll also see a different version of the tray icon – instead of the blue circle with the down arrow, you’ll see the orange circle with a round arrow. This is to let you know that Mageia 5 is now officially out of date.

Some info from the QA team: if you’re upgrading from KDE4 to Plasma, there could be some issues with older video cards. If you’re not sure, make certain before you update that you have another, non-KDE desktop environment installed – XFce is usually problem-free. Log in to that non-KDE environment before you begin the update.

As with all larger updates, if you’re using a laptop, connect to AC power and make sure you have plenty of disk space available and a reliable internet connection.

Enjoy!

Oh, and did you know? our ancestor Mandrake Linux had its first release on 23 July 1998, 20 years ago! There are even some images around of the old, old logo with (shh!) The Hat, which we won’t show you – but here’s one of the Mandrake boxed sets – quite a late one… Lots of us began our journey with some version of Linux Mandrake, and then Mandriva, and now Mageia!

RMLL went really well! Our thanks to all those who helped out.

We had enough Mageians to man the stand, and it was great to meet one another, to meet interested users and potential users and to meet contributors from other projects.

DTux had brought his well-working RaspberryPi with Mageia 6, and he had also brought an Odroid that runs Mageia –  both attracted lots of interest from visitors.

Many of the visitors were most interested in security; that was something new. That was undoubtedly caused by the paper copy of a great comprehensive French book about digital self-defense from boum.org that was on our table. If you read French, you can buy it (or read a digital version for free) here: http://guide.boum.org/

Now for the roundup – it’s fairly big, sorry for the delay!

Bugfix updates since the last roundup (Mga6 only):

  • wine
  • nvidia-current
  • python-slugify, transifex-client
  • grub2
  • kmod-vboxadditions, kmod-virtualbox, virtualbox
  • openmpi, plplot, healpix, aspic
  • qdigidoc
  • nextcloud
  • java-1.8.0-openjfx

Security updates:

  • nspr, nss, rootcerts, thunderbird, thunderbird-l10n Mga5
  • w3m Mga5, 6
  • graphviz Mga5, 6
  • wesnoth Mga6
  • kernel, kernel-userspace-headers, kmod-vboxadditions, kmod-virtualbox, kmod-xtables-addons, wireguard-tools Mga6
  • kernel-firmware-nonfree, radeon-firmware Mga6
  • microcode Mga6
  • wireshark Mga6
  • ffmpeg Mga6
  • rust Mga6
  • clamav Mga6
  • thunderbird, thunderbird-l10n Mga6
  • flash-player-plugin Mga6
  • cantata Mga6
  • mailman Mga6
  • perl-Archive-Zip Mga6
  • nikto Mga6
  • redis Mga6
  • chromium-browser-stable Mga6

And, of course, a whole heap (we didn’t count this time) of updates into Cauldron.

Don’t forget, you can check Mageia Advisories, the Mageia AppDB, and PkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening.

Final Call for RMLL, the Wiki and a Roundup

Ha! It looked like another 2-week gap, but we’re not quite that late, thankfully.

Final Call for RMLL volunteers RMLL/LSM

Mageia will be present with a stand in at RMLL in Strasbourg, but we have very few volunteers who have put their names down for the stand: https://framadate.org/dbLxWJPnci6o6aqb If you’re going to be there, please go to that signup page and let us know – RMLL starts this coming Saturday, so we need you urgently!

New look for the Wiki

The new Wiki front page is up – feast your eyes on this: 

Thanks once again to Zalappy for the design, and apb for all the work to make it happen.

Behind the Scenes

While all that was happening, devs and QA have been quietly working away as always – 388 packages into Cauldron! Here’s the list of updates since the last Roundup:

Security

  • libgcrypt – Mga5
  • ansible – Mga5, 6
  • taglib – Mga5, 6
  • firefox, firefox-l10n – Mga6
  • phpmyadmin – Mga6
  • webkit2 – Mga6
  • libgcrypt – Mga6
  • ncurses – Mga6
  • java-1.8.0-openjdk, copy-jdk-configs – Mga6

Bugfix (Mga 6 only)

  • rust
  • perl-URPM, task-obsolete
  • imagemagick

Don’t forget, you can check Mageia Advisories, the Mageia AppDB, and PkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening.

Thanks also for all the nice comments on the last post!

Weekly Roundup and News – weeks 24 & 25

The Mageia Wiki  

For the longest time our wiki main page has been very plain and simple; our own Zalappy has designed a new look, and the modifications are almost ready! Keep watching, because it’s looking really good! Thanks to Zalappy for his artistic flair, and to apb for his hard work making it happen.

What else is happening?

Around 700 packages landed in Cauldron – it’s certainly bubbling! Our appreciative thanks go to our tireless devs and QA folk, without whom we wouldn’t have a grand distro like Mageia. We had lots of updates over the last two weeks – here’s the list:

Security:

  • librsvg Mga5
  • file Mga5, 6
  • libvorbis Mga5, 6
  • gnupg, gnupg2, python-gnupg Mga5, 6
  • poppler Mga5, 6
  • perl-DBD-mysql Mga5, 6
  • jasper Mga5, 6
  • patch Mga5, 6
  • kernel, kernel-userspace-headers, kmod-vboxadditions, kmod-virtualbox, kmod-xtables-addons, wireguard-tools Mga6
  • glibc Mga6
  • librsvg Mga6
  • xdg-utils Mga6
  • roundcubemail Mga6
  • freedink-dfarc Mga6
  • flash-player-plugin Mga6
  • imagemagick Mga6
  • qt3 Mga6
  • firefox, firefox-l10n Mga6
  • gifsicle Mga6
  • leptonica Mga6
  • scummvm Mga6

Bugfixes:

  • minitube
  • speech-dispatcher
  • powertop
  • baloo-widgets
  • task-obsolete, perl-URPM
  • drakx-net, meta-task
  • rapid-photo-downloader
  • mageia-prime
  • minetest
  • ocrfeeder
  • grsync
  • brasero

If you need to check what’s happening between roundups, you can check Mageia Advisories, the Mageia AppDB, PkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening.

A Word about Trolls

Mageia has a persistent troll targeting people associated with Mageia.

Currently going by the name Andrew, a troll hiding behind tor anonymizing servers has been targeting Mageia for some time.

The From: address will typically look like
‘From: “Andrew (Mageia Community Leadership Committee)”<BM-2cTUvERX7xLR1c1Pb5its4T4b1SSaFcPCj@bitmessage.ch>’
although they change the From: address at times – a technique known as nymshifting.

There is no Mageia Community Leadership Committee. The troll has also claimed to be the Mageia Council Leader, and various other titles.

Due to their creating many identities and spamming various Mageia mailing lists, all email addresses using anonymizing services we are aware of have been blocked from use when signing up at identity.mageia.org, and have been blocked from sending messages to the mailing lists.

They have also sent some email messages with the from address forged to make it look like it was coming from someone who is on the Mageia Council.

Here are the actual lists of Mageia people:

There are no Mageia conferences planned, let alone ones with fully paid trips for council or board members.

They have contacted various people trying to convince Mageia to hide bitcoin mining software they’d provide in every browser we package, with the money going to them, and a small percentage for us, of course. The suggestion is abhorrent to the Mageia community and would never be allowed. All package changes committed by Mageia packagers are publicly available for viewing.

We can’t prevent them from sending messages like this to anyone whose email address they have found.

All we can do is remind people that the internet has trolls. From: addresses in email message can be set to whatever the sender wants. Whether this troll is just a psychopath who enjoys getting an emotional response from people, or is someone trying to help destroy the usefulness of anonymizing services by getting more people to block them is open to speculation.

With any messages on the internet, people have to trust but verify the messages are from the person who normally uses that name. If the message looks strange, compare the sending IP address of that message to the sending IP address from normal messages from the user. While many ISPs do try to stop their users from sending messages with from addresses that are not for that ISP, most don’t, and for those that do there are always ways around their blocks.

Either add the various anonymizing email servers to your spam filters, or just ignore messages from trolls. Responding to them in any way just encourages more abusive messages.

Many thanks to the Mageians who have been working to inform people and shut this troll down.

Mageia at RMLL – and a roundup

Please join us at RMLL! RMLL/LSM

RMLL  (also known as LSM, Libre Software Meeting) is one of Mageia’s important annual events and 2018 is no different. It’s the premier world meeting for Libre Software, upon the principles of which our distro and our community is based.

This year RMLL is to be held in in Strasbourg, and we have a booth! We’re calling for people to come and spend a little time on the stand, or a lot of time if you have a lot – we need Mageians to come talk to people about our distro, and encourage them to try us out, join the community and contribute in any way they want. It’s also a great opportunity to meet a wide variety of people in the Libre Software community, both developers and users, and catch up on what’s happening in our world.

Our own jybz will be there, and dtux/LibrePC; there’s a Framadate for people to sign up to attend the booth – note that the first volunteers will need to set the stand up.

RMLL runs from July 7th through 12th; jybz has set up a Framapad  with information about organising things ahead of time.

So, if you’ll be around Strasbourg while RMLL is on, please jump in!

…and the Roundup, Week 23

Aside from more than 400 packages into Cauldron this week, we had bugfixes for Mageia 6 and security updates for both Mageia 5 and Mageia 6:

Security:

  • SDL_image – Mga5, 6
  • python3 – Mga5, 6
  • corosync – Mga6
  • qtpass – Mga6
  • gimp – Mga6
  • glpi – Mga6
  • libreoffice – Mga6
  • mariadb – Mga6
  • chromium-browser-stable – Mga6

Bugfixes:

  • gnucash
  • xorriso
  • perl-Finance-Quote
  • luajit
  • drakxtools

You can always catch up with progress at the usual places: Mageia Advisories, the Mageia AppDBPkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening. And don’t forget the wiki!