Weekly roundup 2017 – week 24

Cauldron

A nice snippet about the state of Cauldron from the Dev mailing list today – a mail with the subject “Nobody touches anything!” noted that the last autobuild (all of the Mageia packages get rebuilt each week to check for issues) only had one failure due to the latest curl update – the previous best was 12. To gain proper perspective please note that autobuild managed to build the other 13649 packages successfully.

ISO testing for the final release of Mageia 6 is ongoing, they’re starting to look good, although there was a bug found in 32-bit Gnome Calculator and an intermittent issue with a black screen in Plasma at startup that should be fixed soon.

Updates wise, it is unsurprisingly slowing down on Cauldron, there were still a few though, so here is a list of the major ones:

  • curl 7.51.1
  • whois 5.2.16
  • plasma-pk-updates 0.3.1
  • thunderbird 52.2.0
  • kernel 4.9.32
  • postfix 3.1.6
  • firefox 52.2.0

There were also bugfixes for packagekit, atlas and git among others.

Mageia 5

Lots of updates for Mageia 5 again this week, here are some of the larger ones:

  • catdoc 0.95 – security fix
  • tor 0.2.8.14 – CVE fix
  • flash-player-plugin 26.0.0.126 – multiple CVE fixes
  • smb4k 1.2.3 – CVE fix

Weekly roundup 2017, week 23

Cauldron

So Cauldron is in release freeze now, and new ISOs have been built. Tests so far are looking good, there was one issue with initial application launches on the Plasma live build causing a freeze on some occasions, but it’s being worked on so there should be a fix soon.

Update wise, Cauldron has been quiet with the main activity on bug fixes, here are some of the main ones:

  • sugar desktop
  • kodi
  • qemu
  • perl

Most of the Mageia specific tools: urpmi, rpmdrake and the control centre have been updated to fix some missing translations.

That said, there were a few version updates, here are some of the main ones:

  • packagekit 1.1.6
  • kernel 4.9.31
  • ffmpeg 3.3.2
  • mesa 17.1.2

Mageia 5

There have been lots of updates for Mageia 5 this week, here is a selection of the main ones:

  • sympa 6.1.25 – bugfix updates
  • puppet 3.6.2-3.1 – CVE fix
  • nss 3.28.5 – CVE fix
  • ansible 2.3.1.0-2 – multiple CVE fixes
  • dropbear 2014.66-1.3 CVE fixes

Weekly roundup 2017 – week 22

Cauldron

The big news for Mageia 6 is that we are entering release freeze imminently, this means that any further updates to Cauldron must be for a very specific reason, like a critical bug fix or similar. This will allow for the final ISO building and testing get underway, so Mageia 6 will be released soon.

Updates wise, there has been a few for Cauldron with various packages getting updates to ease maintainability for the Mageia 6 life cycle. Here is a selection of the major ones:

  • filezilla 3.26.1
  • puppet 4.2.1
  • nouveau 1.0.15
  • sudo 1.8.20p2
  • fotoxx 17.04.2
  • darktable 2.2.5
  • enlightenment 0.21.8

There was also a kernel update, while this wasn’t a new version it did bring fixes for an IOMMU bug on AMD systems and Intel i915 fixes.

Mageia 5

There have been a number of bugfix and security updates for Mageia 5, here is a selection of them:

  • mariadb 10.0.31 – various upstream bugfixes
  • vlc 2.2.6 – security update
  • openvpn 2.3.16 – multiple CVE fixes
  • git 2.7.4-1.1 – CVE fix
  • pcmanfm 1.2.3-2.3 – CVE fix

Community

There are some shows and events coming up soon, so we are looking to get in new goodies and to replace the used stock, one of the ideas that we were going to try was badges, this is one of the designs we were thinking of, what do you think of this? We were also looking for other ideas, currently, we have stickers, pens, USB keys and t-shirts, there was also a cup design, is this something that you would like to see at an event, or is there something else that you think would be good to have?

 

Weekly roundup 2017 – week 21

So the biggest news this week has been the Mageia 6 RC release. We are all really happy with it and with the feedback that we are getting so far, so a big thanks to all of the testers and to everyone that helped with packaging, QA, bug triage, ISO building and all of the other things needed to get a release out.

Cauldron

Despite the release, there has still been plenty of work on Cauldron, the biggest update is to Plasma 5.8.7, but as this is a pretty critical piece, it went first to the Updates Testing repository to check everything over before being moved to the Core Release repository today. Mageia-prime was also updated in the testing repository, so if you use Nvidia Optimus and want to test it, feel free to have a look. Other updates include:

  • smplayer 17.5.0
  • docker 17.03.1
  • webkit 2.16.3
  • qbittorrent 3.3.12
  • flatpak 0.9.4
  • networkmanager 1.8.0
  • kernel 4.9.30efl 1.9.1
  • thunderbird 52.1.1
  • firefox 52.1.2
  • samba 4.5.9

In total there were around 250 package updates since last week, so a busy week all around.

Mageia 5

Now that the QA team has more time, a large number of updates were validated for Mageia 5, here is a selection:

  • webmin 1.840 – CVE and bugfix
  • flash-player-plugin 25.0.0.171 – multiple CVE fixes
  • vlc 2.2.5.1 – CVE and bugfix
  • samba 3.6.25-2.7 – multiple CVE fixes
  • kernel 4.4.68 – multiple CVE fixes

Community

Lastly, but very much not least, the forums are back with all of the history intact which is very welcome so you can report on any testing that you do with the RC there, on the mailing lists or on our Bugzilla.
We really appreciate your patience and understanding with the downtime.

Mageia 6 RC, we are nearly there

Everyone at Mageia is exceptionally happy and proud to announce the availability of the release candidate of Mageia 6. It has been a long road, but we are at the last step and Mageia 6 is just around the corner.

The extra time that this release has taken has had one huge benefit: the number of new and exciting additions to Mageia is staggering. They include the now far more mature Plasma to replace KDE4, the DNF and COPR stacks to supplement urpmi, big updates to the major desktops and the other large stacks and components, and lots of package updates.

Since Mageia 6 sta 2, a lot of work has been done on the installer, especially regarding the support of proprietary drivers and VirtualBox support. More than 30 blocker bugs have been resolved over the 2½ months that the RC took to prepare. A big thank you to all the testers and developers involved in this process!

The QA team and the packagers spend a lot of time ironing out the upgrade process by reporting and fixing many package conflicts. Thanks to your feedback on those RC ISOs, we should hopefully be able to fix the last corner cases. Note: when upgrading with the classical installer ISOs, make sure to enable additional repositories to ensure that all your Mageia 5 packages can be upgraded.

We have also changed the ISO lineup. While the new Xfce ISOs were available with sta2, the positive feedback and their popularity has meant that we can confidently add them on a permanent basis. The available ISOs are as follows:

  • 32-bit Classical Installer DVD
  • 64-bit Classical Installer DVD
  • GNOME 64-bit Live DVD
  • Plasma 64-bit Live DVD
  • Xfce 32-bit Live DVD
  • Xfce 64-bit Live DVD

All of these ISOs can be used on USB sticks if required. If bootable CD media is needed, we offer the boot.iso that can use one of many different sources for retrieving packages, including a network mirror, a locally mirrored set of packages, or the Classical Installer DVD. Instructions for using the boot.iso are available here.

Package Versions

The release candidate, and very likely Mageia 6 by extension will ship with the following major packages:

  • Linux Kernel 4.9.28 (current LTS)
  • X.Org 1.19.3
  • Plasma 5.8.6 (current LTS)
  • Gnome 3.24.3
  • MATE 1.18.2
  • Cinnamon 3.2.8
  • Xfce 4.12.1
  • LibreOffice 5.3.3.2
  • Firefox 52 ESR
  • Thunderbird 52
  • Chromium 57

The full list of all shipped software can be seen on the .idx file for its respective ISO.

If you would like to test out the release candidate, the ISOs can be downloaded from here. Alternatively, you can use BitTorrent, which is available here.
While we would greatly appreciate the wider testing and feedback and any issues that you report to the Mageia Bugzilla, please bear in mind that this is not the final release.
To that end, the release notes are available here and the errata here.

As you may have noticed, the Mageia forums (at least those hosted on mageia.org) are still unavailable (however, the French forum is still available), as their migration to Mageia 5 gives our sysadmins some headaches. If there is anything that you would like to discuss, we encourage you to use the mailing lists or IRC channels in the meantime. Of course, fixing the forums is still the highest priority for our sysadmins, so they should hopefully be restored soon.

Image credit: xkcd

LaKademy 2017

LaKademy 2017 group photo

Some weeks ago we had the fifth edition of the KDE Latin-America summit, LaKademy. Since the first edition, KDE community in Latin-America has grown up and now we has several developers, translators, artists, promoters, and more people from here involved in KDE activities.

This time LaKademy was held in Belo Horizonte, a nice city known for the amazing cachaça, cheese, home made beers, cheese, hills, and of course, cheese. The city is very cosmopolitan, with several options of activities and gastronomy, while the people is gentle. I would like to back to Belo Horizonte, maybe in my next vacation.

LaKademy activites were held in CEFET, an educational technological institute. During the days of LaKademy there were political demonstrations and a general strike in the country, consequence of the current political crisis here in Brazil. Despite I support the demonstrations, I was in Belo Horizonte for event. So I focused in the tasks while in my mind I was side-by-side with the workers on the streets.

Like in past editions I worked a lot with Cantor, the mathematical software I am the maintainer. This time the main tasks performed were an extensive set of reviews: revisions in pending patches, in the bug management system in order to close very old (and invalid) reports, and in the task management workboard, specially to ping developers with old tasks without any comment in the last year.

There were some work to implement new features as well. I finished a backends refactoring in order to provide a recommended version of the programming language for each backend in Cantor. How each programming language has its own planning and scheduling, it is common some programming language version not be correctly supported in a Cantor backend (Sage, I am thinking you). This feature presents a “recommended” version of the programming language supported for the Cantor backend, meaning that version was tested and it will work correctly with Cantor. It is more like a workaround in order to maintain the sanity of the developer while he try to support 11 different programming languages.

Other feature I worked but it is not finished is a option to select different LaTeX processors in Cantor. Currently there are several LaTeX processors available (like pdflatex, pdftex, luatex, xetex, …), some of them with several additional features. This option will increased the versatility of Cantor and will allow the use of moderns processors and their features in the software.

I addition to these tasks I fixed some bugs and helped Fernando Telles, my past SoK student, with some tasks in Cantor.

(Like in past editions)², in LaKademy 2017 I also worked in other set of tasks related to the management and promotion of KDE Brazil. I investigated how to bring back our unified feed with Brazilian blogs posts as in the old Planet KDE Português, utilized to send updates about KDE in Brazil to our social networks. Fred implemented the solution. So I updated this feed in social networks, updated our e-mail contact utilized in this networks, and started a bootstrap version of LaKademy website (but the team is migrating to WordPress, I think it will not be used). I also did a large revision in the tasks of KDE Brazil workboard, migrated past year from the TODO website. Besides all this we had the promo meeting to discuss our actions in Latin-America – all the tasks were documented in the workboard.

Of course, just as we worked intensely in those days, we also had a lot of fun between a push and other. LaKademy is also a opportunity to find old friends and make new ones. It is amazing see again the KDE fellows, and I invite the newcomers to stay with us and go to next LaKademy editions!

This year we had a problem that we must to address in next edition – all the participants were Brazilians. We need to think about how to integrate people from other Latin-America countries in LaKademy. It would be bad if the event become only an Akademy-BR.

Filipe and Chicão

So, I give my greetings to the community and put myself in the mission to continue to work in order to grown the Latin-America as an important player to the development and future of KDE.

Weekly roundup 2017 – week 20

Cauldron

We have just had a new build of the Live ISOs, while the Classical ISO build is underway to fix a glib bug that was causing LibreOffice to use 100% CPU, so getting that fixed was very good. The ISOs are looking very good now.

Updates wise, there has been good activity in Cauldron, here is a selection of what has been updated since last week:

  • lyx 2.2.3
  • libreoffice 5.3.3.2
  • postgresql9.4 9.4.12
  • postgresql9.6 9.6.3
  • ffmpeg 3.3.1

There were also updates to Mate, with some of its packages being upgraded to 1.18.2 and the nodejs, jboss and maven stacks saw upgrades too, there are so many packages in these stacks that listing them all didn’t make much sense.

Mageia 5

There has been a number of updates released for Mageia 5 this week, you can see the full list of recent updates here, here is a list of new updates this week:

  • mhonarc 2.6.19 – CVE fix
  • radicale 1.1.1 – CVE fix
  • asterisk 11.23.1 – bugfix

Community

A quick note from the Council meeting this week, we were discussing the upcoming RMLL event and what we wanted to bring to it and the stock levels of the goodies that we do have. We decided that we would need to reorder lots of items, as the pens and wood USB sticks seemed to go down well, they and any other ideas put forward will be available at events. We wanted to try and use as sustainable products as possible, so, with that in mind, if anyone has any designs, ideas or suppliers, let the atelier mailing list know and we’ll see what we can do.

A short roundup this week, due to lots of time being put into getting the RC released, we will try and get you a bigger one for next week.

Weekly roundup 2017 – week 19

Cauldron

While I don’t want to spoil anything or give the surprise up, if you follow the Mageia mailing lists you will likely have seen the words “RC” and “ready” appear regularly recently. Without giving more away, we are very close now which is really great news! Updates wise, there has been a fair few this week, here is a selection of the larger ones:

  • gimp 2.8.22
  • gtk+3.0 3.22.15
  • gnome-shell 3.24.2
  • docker 17.03
  • zoneminder 1.30.3
  • kernel 4.9.27
  • dnf 2.4.0

Plus many other bugfix and small upgrades. A quick note on these changes as we are very close to release now and you may be wondering how we can be changing major things like the kernel or gtk+ this close to a release – these are all minor version releases from upstream, or maybe a small patch to fix or add something specific. Take the kernel as an example, the update from last week was from 4.9.26 to 4.9.27 so the changes introduced are very small making these much much safer.

Mageia 5

There has been a number of updates released for Mageia 5 this week, you can see the full list here, here is a selection of the more common packages:

  • audiofile 0.3.6-4.3 – multiple CVE fixes
  • ntp 4.2.6p5-24.8 – multiple CVE fixes
  • kernel 4.4.65 & related packages – multiple CVE & bugfixes
  • thunderbird 52.1 – multiple CVE fixes

Infrastructure Update

Lastly, we want to reassure everyone that we are still working to get the forum and wiki fixed and that they should both be fully operational very soon. The holdup with the forum is that the old database isn’t importing into the new forum, we obviously want to have all of the old messages available as they are a key part of the community and support available for Mageia.

Weekly roundup 2017 – week 18

Can I argue that this is coming from Honolulu time, so it’s still Friday 🙂 Either way, sorry for the delay.

Community

A little news from the Council meeting this week, most of it was about the upcoming RC ISOs and getting the last blockers fixed. The two non-release topics were whether we should be removing, or at least reducing the visibility of HTTP and FTP in favour of rsync and https when Mageia connects to a mirror, either for updates or installation. As we don’t control the mirrors, we can only recommend using different protocols, but it will need further discussion before anything happens on that. The second, was elections, all the teams have elected their leadership apart from Dev and Sysadmin, emails about that will be going out on the appropriate mailing lists shortly.

Cauldron

As always, an update on the RC, the main focus now is on getting upgrades from Mageia 5 to work, and sorting out the packaging conflicts. The big issue here is getting the transition from KDE4 to Plasma5 working without issue. As for the ISOs, the big remaining issue is with some printers, but it, and 2 other blocking issues should be fixed in the next build which is expected very soon. We expect that the RC will be ready for wider testing in the coming days.

There has been plenty of updates recently for Cauldron, and also some changes as the MP3 patents have expired, so encumbered packages can be moved from tainted. Here are some of the updates:

  • mesa 17.0.5
  • virtualbox 5.1.22
  • ffmpeg 3.3
  • hplip 3.17.4
  • vala 0.36.3
  • obs-studio 18.0.2
  • kernel 4.9.26
  • ldetect-lst 0.3.6 – adds some missing polaris12 ID’s

The ffmpeg update has meant that most of the media stack has been rebuilt – so there should be plenty of updates coming from that.

The final touches have been made to include the Mageia 6 artwork everywhere. If you still see some bits of Mageia 5 artwork when testing the upcoming RC ISOs, please file a bug report.

Mageia 5

A good number of updates are coming for Mageia 5, both security and bugfix, here is a list:

  • minicom 2.7.1 – fixes CVE 2017-7467
  • texlive 20130530-21.1 – fixes CVE 2016-10243
  • libfm 1.2.3-4.6 – fixes extracting archives using compression other than gzip
  • python-lshell 0.9.18-2 – CVE fixes
  • libxslt 1.1.29-1.2 – fixes CVE 2017-5029
  • freetype2 2.5.4-2.3 – CVE fixes
  • 389-ds-base 1.3.4.14-1.2 – fixes CVE 2017-2668
  • openjpeg 1.5.2-5.2 – multiple CVE fixes
  • squirrelmail 1.4.22-12.2 – fixes CVE 2017-7692
  • java-1.8.0-openjdk 1.8.0.131-1.b12.1 and copy-jdk-configs 2.2-1 – multiple CVE fixes
  • xstream 1.4.9-1.1 – vulnerability fix

Weekly roundup 2017 – week 17

Cauldron

A quick update on the ISO progress – the Classical ISOs are looking good, although there was a bug with the Mate Menu which has been fixed, but another rebuild will be needed to get the fix onto the ISOs. The latest build of the Live ISOs fixed bugs with the installer crashing on systems with low memory and added boot entries to enable nonfree drivers.

Updates wise, there has been good activity. Here is a small selection:

  • kernel 4.9.25
  • flatpak 0.9.3
  • nautilus 3.24.1
  • phoronix-test-suite 7.0.1
  • mesa 17.0.4
  • thunderbird 52.0.1
  • virtualbox 5.1.20

And many many more!

Mageia 5

As the web facing nature of browsers and flash, the updates announced for chromium and flash player last week should now be on the mirrors and available, so if you haven’t updated yet, it’s advised to do so. Other updates this week include:

With more already added to the validation queue keeping the QA team busy.