Following several delays during the development cycle, the Mageia project has announced the release of Mageia 6. The new version includes the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, the DNF package manager is now available alongside urpmi and Mageia 6 includes live test media for the Xfce desktop environment: "The extra time that has gone into this release has allowed for many exciting additions, here are a few of the major additions and key features of Mageia 6: KDE Plasma 5 replaces the previous KDE SC 4 desktop environment. The new package manager DNF is provided as an alternative to urpmi, enabling a great packaging ecosystem: Support for AppStream and thus GNOME Software and Plasma Discover; support for Fedora COPR and openSUSE Build Service to provide third-party packages for Mageia 6 and later; dnfdragora, a new GUI tool for package management inspired from rpmdrake. Brand new icon theme for all Mageia tools, notably the Mageia Control Center. Successful integration of the ARM port (ARMv5 and ARMv7) in the build system, allowing to setup ARM chroots. Installation images are not available yet but will come in the future. GRUB2 as the default bootloader. New Xfce Live images to test Mageia with a lighter weight environment." Additional information on Mageia 6 can be found in the project's release announcement and in the release notes. Download (pkglist): Mageia-6-LiveDVD-Plasma-x86_64-DVD.iso (2,505MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), Mageia-6-LiveDVD-GNOME-x86_64-DVD.iso (2,072MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), Mageia-6-LiveDVD-Xfce-x86_64-DVD.iso (1,915MB, SHA512, signature, torrent).
Mageia is a fork of Mandriva Linux formed in September 2010 by former employees and contributors to the popular French Linux distribution. Unlike Mandriva, which is a commercial entity, the Mageia project is a community project and a non-profit organisation whose goal is to develop a free Linux-based operating system.
Donald Stewart has announced that the long-awaited release candidate for Mageia 6 is finally ready for testing: "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 KDE 4, 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." See the full release announcement for more information and an overview of the release. Download one of the available live DVDs (with GNOME, Plasma 5 or Xfce): Mageia-6-rc-LiveDVD-GNOME-x86_64-DVD.iso (2,070MB, SHA512, torrent), Mageia-6-rc-LiveDVD-Plasma-x86_64-DVD.iso (2,500MB, SHA512, torrent), Mageia-6-rc-LiveDVD-Xfce-x86_64-DVD.iso (1,914MB, SHA512, torrent). A standard installation DVD is also available: Mageia-6-rc-x86_64-DVD.iso (3,909MB, SHA512, torrent, pkglist).
Donald Stewart has announced the availability of the second development build of the upcoming Mageia 6. Labeled as "Sta 2" and considered a "stabilisation snapshot", this testing build arrives eight month after the first snapshot. Besides the usual 64-bit KDE Plasma and GNOME live DVDs, this release also provides separate 32-bit and 64-bit live DVDs with Xfce: "Everyone at Mageia is delighted to announce the release of our latest development milestone, our second stabilisation snapshot (sta2). We are now one step closer to the release of Mageia 6. Knowing that our previous snapshot, sta1, was released in July 2016, this new development release was long overdue. We talked at length about the reasons for this delay in a previous blog post. In a few words, it can be summarized as a succession of delays due to key contributors unavailability, infrastructure issues, upstream Plasma bugs...." Read the release announcement for further information. Download: Mageia-6-sta2-x86_64-DVD.iso (3,865MB, SHA512, torrent, pkglist), Mageia-6-sta2-LiveDVD-GNOME-x86_64-DVD.iso (2,033MB, SHA512, torrent), Mageia-6-sta2-LiveDVD-Plasma-x86_64-DVD.iso (2,472MB, SHA512, torrent), Mageia-6-sta2-LiveDVD-xfce4-x86_64-DVD.iso (1,888MB, SHA512, torrent).
Donald Stewart has announced the release of Mageia 5.1, an updated build of the distribution current stable branch. This unscheduled version was put together due to delays delivering the upcoming Mageia 6 which is currently in development. From the release announcement: "We are very pleased to announce the release of Mageia 5.1. This release is a respin of the Mageia 5 installation and live ISO images, based on the Mageia 5 repository and incorporating all updates to allow for an up-to-date installation without the need to install almost a year-and-a-half worth of updates. It is therefore recommended for new installations and upgrades from Mageia 4. If you are currently running Mageia 5 then there is no need to install Mageia 5.1 as it is the same as your system, provided that updates have been installed. Mageia 5.1 ships with many updated packages, including LibreOffice 4.4.7, Linux kernel 4.4.32, KDE4 4.14.5, GNOME 3.14.3 and countless other updates." See also the release notes for detailed technical information. Download links: Mageia-5.1-LiveDVD-KDE4-x86_64-DVD.iso (1,815MB, MD5, torrent), Mageia-5.1-LiveDVD-GNOME-x86_64-DVD.iso (1,622MB, MD5, torrent), Mageia-5.1-x86_64-DVD.iso (3,745MB, MD5, torrent, pkglist).
The Mageia team has announced the availability of a new development release, Mageia 6 Dev 1. The development snapshot features version 4.4.5 of the Linux kernel, Plasma 5.5.95, GNOME 3.19.2, LibreOffice 5.1 and Firefox 45. "After the delays caused by upgrading the major parts of the base system and switching to the Plasma 5 desktop environment, we are very happy to announce that the first development milestone of Mageia 6 has been released and is ready for testing by the community. Note that only the classical ISO images have been released, those being the i586 and x86_64 DVD images. The live ISO images are not quite ready. If the live images can be made functional soon, they may also be released, otherwise they will come with the next milestone release. The extra time we have had has allowed for newer versions of Plasma, GNOME, and other major components. Also, it has allowed us to provide support for newer hardware thanks to an updated kernel." Additional information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): Mageia-6-dev1-x86_64-DVD.iso (4,422MB, MD5, torrent, signature).
Rémi Verschelde has announced the release of Mageia 5. Mageia is a community distribution which started as a fork of the Mandriva project, but which now operates as an independent distribution. "After more than one year of development, the Mageia community is very proud to finally deliver this long-awaited release, Mageia 5. This release announcement is a big sigh of relief, an `At last!' that comes straight from the heart of the weary - tired as one can be after long days of hard but rewarding work. And still, we chose to take our time to fix major issues and have a high quality release, without rushing it. Maybe our best release so far, taking into account the impressive work that was done on the installer, both to add new features and to get rid of old bugs." The new release features UEFI support (though not Secure Boot), version 3.19 of the Linux kernel, KDE 4.14 and GNOME 3.14. Cinnamon, MATE, Plasma, LXQt and Xfce desktop are also available. Installation media, live discs and a network install ISO are offered as download options. More information on the new version of Mageia can be found in the project's release announcement, the release notes and errata. Download (pkglist): Mageia-5-LiveDVD-KDE4-x86_64-DVD.iso (1,748MB, MD5, torrent), Mageia-5-LiveDVD-GNOME-x86_64-DVD.iso (1,552MB, MD5, torrent).
Rémi Verschelde has announced the availability of the release candidate for the upcoming stable release of Mageia 5 - now complete with support for UEFI systems and improved installer: "And we've all waited long enough for Mageia 5 RC - go grab it! While you wait for the download to complete, all restless and eager that you are to try this new release, let's talk a bit about this release candidate. What can you expect from it and why did it take so long? Mageia's developers have been hard at work during this release cycle to add UEFI support to our installer, while the QA contributors were thoroughly testing everything that they could on their hardware. We are now proud to announce that you can install Mageia on UEFI systems fairly easily, using either our live media or the classical installer (except for the dual-DVD which does not support UEFI). This is now the trial by fire for the main feature of Mageia 5 - if you have a UEFI system, please try this release candidate in as many configurations as possible." Read the release announcement and release notes for more details. Download: Mageia-5-RC-LiveDVD-KDE4-x86_64-DVD.iso (1,737MB, MD5, torrent), Mageia-5-RC-LiveDVD-GNOME-x86_64-DVD.iso (1,546MB, MD5, torrent), Mageia-5-RC-x86_64-DVD.iso (3,732MB, MD5, torrent, pkglist).
Anne Nicolas has announced the availability of the third beta of the upcoming stable release of Mageia 5: "The release date was a close call between Friday the 13th and Valentine's day... but finally, Mageia 5 beta 3 is available for tests. The road was long and strewn with pitfalls, but the Mageia community is just great and the ISO images are finally available. After a looooong meeting dedicated to reviewing all release critical bugs, a lot of fixes were released that allowed us to finalize the beta 3. EFI is now supported properly on all 64-bits ISO images, but we still need your feedbacks on this. This is now the home stretch. We do need your help more than ever. Please report any problems that you experience in the forums, mailing lists or, preferably, in Bugzilla." See the brief release announcement and read the detailed release notes for more information. Download: Mageia-5-beta3-LiveDVD-KDE4-x86_64-DVD.iso (1,740MB, MD5, torrent), Mageia-5-beta3-LiveDVD-GNOME-x86_64-DVD.iso (1,555MB, MD5, torrent), Mageia-5-beta3-x86_64-DVD.iso (3,713MB, MD5, torrent, pkglist).
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