Mageia 7.1, Mageia 7 with Ryzen 3000 hardware support

The timing for Mageia 7, just prior to the recent release of the new AMD Ryzen 3000 series of CPU’s, didn’t play nicely. Namely, there was an issue with the system starting up on these new CPU’s that prevented any type of installation, except for a net install. So, the only solution was to release a new set of installation media, which are available to download here.

It’s very important to note that if you have a working system, there is nothing that you need to address. This release is primarily to fix installation on systems with the above CPU’s.

Update wise, Mageia 7.1 has a fixed version of systemd and all validated bugfix and security updates as of 2019/07/11. The core of the distribution remains untouched from Mageia 7.

You can read the full Mageia 7 release announcement here.

Magical (lucky?) release number 7 has arrived

Everyone at Mageia is very happy to announce the release of Mageia 7. We all hope that the release works as well for you as it has during our testing and development.

There are lots of new features, exciting updates, and new versions of your favorite programs, as well as support for very 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. Here is a good place to start if you are unsure about setting up your system. Full documentation is available here if you want more indepth information.

Upgrades from Mageia 6 are also supported in a number of ways. More information is available in the Release Notes.

Mageia 7 comes with a huge variety of desktops and window managers, improved support for Wayland and for hybrid graphics cards. On a more fun note, an effort was made to enhance gaming in Mageia, so there are many new upgrades and additions to the game collection.

Here are the versions of some of the major packages that ship with Mageia 7:

  • kernel 5.1.14
  • rpm 4.14.2
  • dnf 4.2.6
  • Mesa 19.1
  • Plasma 5.15.4
  • GNOME 3.32
  • Xfce 4.14pre
  • Firefox 67
  • Chromium 73
  • LibreOffice 6.2.3

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

Image credit – https://xkcd.com/1310/

There has also been good progress made on ARM support: aarch64 and ARMv7 have the core packages built and despite this still being experimental, most of the distribution has been built for these architectures.

We have completely reworked the Welcome screen to be nicer and simpler to follow. We hope this can help users with their first steps in using Mageia 7.

With Mageia 6, we introduced the DNF package manager, dnfdragora, as well as AppStream and the desktop software centers, along with support for building third-party packages in Fedora COPR and the openSUSE Build Service. We’re pleased to note that this will continue with Mageia 7! In addition, we’ve added Zchunk-compressed metadata for DNF and PackageKit, to enable fetching repository metadata updates so as to conserve bandwidth usage. For users of DNF and PackageKit on metered connections, this will be a great boon! For more details, check out the release notes. Finally, system upgrades from Mageia 6 to Mageia 7 using DNF are now supported! Details on the process to upgrade are in the release notes.

As with everything to do with Mageia, this release 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, 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 good information available.

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

Mageia 7 RC released for testing

The Mageia Community is very happy to announce what will hopefully be the last release before Mageia 7 is final. We all hope that this release builds on the quality of the previous beta releases.
The release process so far has been smooth so we all hope that there are no new release critical bugs found here and that we can get Mageia 7 out into the wild shortly!

If you want to get involved with the final stage of testing, the ISO’s are available to download directly, and by torrent here.

Here are a few release highlights and package versions:

  • kernel 5.1.5
  • rpm 4.14.2
  • dnf 4.2.6
  • Mesa 19.1
  • Plasma 5.15.4
  • GNOME 3.32
  • Xfce 4.13.5
  • Firefox 67
  • Chromium 73
  • LibreOffice 6.2.3

More details about what is coming in Mageia 7 are available here.

Assuming that this release candidate doesn’t have any critical bugs, the final release ISO’s can be built, targeting final release in roughly a week or two.

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, package 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 have needed to get this release ready.

New docker images for upcoming mageia 7

I have added new docker images for the upcoming mageia 7 release. Thanks to the latest work on our image build tools, the images are available in all architectures mageia 7 supports:
  • x86_64
  • armv7hl
  • aarch64
The images are based on mageia 7 beta3, and will be periodically updated when new releases are available.

Next step, automation.

armv7hl support for mageia docker official images

After some months of on and off work with @Conan-Kudo on improving mageia's docker images build tools to support multi-arch builds, we finally were able to add armv7hl support to mageia 6.

Usage is completely transparent to the user, when pulling the image, the docker daemon will take care to download the correct image according to the host server architecture.

Also, now that our build tools support multiarch builds, the moment mageia 7 is available armv8 images will be available too, at the same time of the x86_64 image.

We are also working on having a periodically updated cauldron build, but we are still working on that. With the latest changes to the build tools it should be easier to automate a cauldron build for example, a weekly or daily.

Announcing Mageia 7 Beta 3

Everyone at Mageia is very happy to get the final beta release before Mageia 7 out for testing! We all hope that this release builds on the quality of the previous two beta releases and that with the extra tests from the community will put Mageia 7 in a good place for the coming release candidate.

There is still lots to be done before the final release, and the more tests that we can get, the better. There have been large updates to Qt and Plasma, as well as some other key components since beta 2, with the new artwork for Mageia 7 almost ready for integration too.

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

Here are a few release highlights and package versions:

  • kernel 5.0.7
  • rpm 4.14.2
  • Plasma 5.15.4
  • GNOME 3.32
  • Xfce 4.13
  • Firefox 66
  • Chromium 73
  • LibreOffice 6.2.2

More details about what is coming in Mageia 7 are available here.

The next step in the release will be the version freeze, where no new versions of packages are allowed without a valid exception, this will likely happen around April 23rd. Once this has happened, the release candidate builds will begin, targetting release around May 6th-12th. This will be followed by the release freeze, where no new package updates will be allowed unless to fix a release-critical issue. This will happen about a week after the release candidate release. Finally, the final release ISO’s can be built, targetting final release around the end of May depending on how long it takes to get a release quality ISO.

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, package 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.

New Mageia 7 Artwork

As many will have no doubt noticed, there has been an artwork contest running for Mageia 7, and then lots of voting in the community to choose the artwork! This has all finally concluded and we will start to integrate the new artwork into Mageia 7 to get it ready for release.

Before we get to the new artwork, firstly, a huge thank you to everyone that submitting artwork, and also those that took part in all of the voting, there was a great turnout and the results were really close, an indication of the excellence of the work that our community has put forward.

Firstly, the screensavers for Mageia 7 were, as always a tour around the world and showed some excellent photography talent. There seemed to be a distinct liking for rivers this time around.

Finally, the signature background for Mageia 7 was made by Fafoulous, and continues the trend of images that have an abstract piece on top of a simple dark blue background. We all hope that you share our thoughts that this will look excellent and highly professional in all of its uses in Mageia.

The other top images in the background contest will also be available in an extra package along with the backgrounds of previous releases.

Congratulations to all the winners and a huge hand to everyone that has taken part!

Mageia 7 beta 2 is out!

We are very proud to announce that Mageia 7 beta 2 is available for everyone to download!
This new beta comes with lots of bugfixes and updates, and it is one of our best beta releases.

Of course, there is still a lot of work to come before Mageia 7 is ready: a big Qt and Plasma update (5.15), a Gnome update (3.32 as soon it is released), and more checks on 32-bit hardware as well as the artwork for Mageia 7. For that, we will have a beta 3 set of images. 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 includes 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 are available to download directly, and by torrent here.
Here are a few release highlights and package versions:

  • Kernel 4.20
  • Mesa 19.0 (rc)
  • rpm 4.14.2
  • Plasma 5.14.2
  • GNOME 3.30
  • Xfce 4.13.4
  • Firefox 64.0
  • Chromium 70
  • LibreOffice 6.2.0

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. 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.

Call for Answers: Survey About Task Assignment

Professor Igor Steinmacher, from Northern Arizona University, is a proeminent researcher on several social dynamics in open source communities, like support of newcomers, gender bias, open sourcing proprietary software, and more. Some of his papers can de found in his website.

Currently, Prof. Igor is inviting mentors from open source communities to answer a survey about task assignment in projects. See below the description of the survey and take some time to answer the questions – the knowledgement obtained here can be very interesting for all of us.

Hello,

My name is Igor Steinmacher, and I am a professor at Northern Arizona University.

Along with some other researchers we are currently studying the strategies that mentors use to assign tasks to newcomers to Free/Open Source projects.Your experience is very important to us given the limited number of people that mentor or guide newcomers in FOSS projects.

You are therefore, a perfect person to get feedback for our research.

We would really appreciate if you could spare about 5 minutes of your time to answer a brief survey about your experiences.
The survey is here: https://goo.gl/forms/qCzgoG3Uc4O0w9da2I would like to emphasize that, if shared, your insights will play a prominent role in creating a better understanding of the mentors’ strategies to assignment tasks for newcomers, serving as input for heuristics, and helping other mentors. Thank you very much in advance for your time, and please contact me if you have any question.

Regards,

Igor Steinmacher

Mageia 7 Artwork Voting

The artwork contest is now closed, firstly, all of the people that gave their time to make and submit so many excellent pieces deserve our thanks, it is really appreciated, they will make Mageia 7 look excellent.

So now we need to start voting on which of these images we want to have included, primarily for the signature background, but also as additional background and screensavers.

As we have so many images to choose, there are two votes, one for the background and one for the screensavers, in both cases you can choose up to 20 images that you like, to vote, just put an “x” in a new column next to the image you want.

The images that you are voting on are available as a gallery and as a tarball from the voting spreadsheet, watch out for the file names though, they are not always ordered by name, sometimes by last modified.

The background vote is here

The screensaver vote is here

This will be open until the end Sunday 27th of January, EU time, happy voting!