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And Mageia will be there!
FOSDEM 2015 will be this weekend (January 31-February 1), and we plan on being there! How about you?
As the previous 4 years (here, here, here and here), we will have a booth in Building K, first floor with T-shirts, flyers, CDs and stickers! And contributors to talk to! Have you ever wondered who the faces are behind all the hard work that goes into your favorite distro? Wonder no more! Just come meet us! We promise not to bite.
We will be showing off Mageia 5 Beta 2, so you can catch a glimpse of what’s planned for our March release.
We will also have our annual General Assembly which is another occasion to see how Mageia works and discuss with us.
And most importantly, we will have our annual Mageia Dinner! If you want to come, put your name down on the Wiki .
We hope to see you there!
But, it seems that yet again we need to postpone the Mageia 5 release.
Due to various difficulties with EFI boot, grub 2 and a few other things, we need a little more time. Only a few members of our QA team have EFI-based machines, so if you do have such equipment please test Beta 2 and report your experience.
Our QA, Packagers and ISO teams are working around the clock to bring us all a stable and secure release, but they still need to work out a few kinks.
Therefore, we are planning one more Beta release before the release candidate. So the final timeline looks like this:
- Beta 3 – February 3
- RC – February 24
- Final release – March 10
We’re sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding, and in case you were wondering if there’s anything you could do to help, just ask the teams!
We need as many people as possible to try this beta in order to identify any remaining problems. Please report any problems that you experience in the forums, mailing lists or, preferably, in bugzilla. Also don’t forget to check the errata.
Releasing development ISOs is a good way to test all the functions of the installer with the largest possible scope of use cases and variety of hardware. We still have some issues left with EFI integration and some tricky bugs in the installer. So in order to allow some time to fix them and also to still enjoy the Christmas period with friends and family, it has been decided to delay beta 2 until the 6th of January 2015, the initial date of the RC, and then postpone the final release.
We will communicate on the final release date as soon as beta 2 is released so that we can have a better view of the remaining work to be done.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a great year for 2015 and we hope to see you ready on deck to test beta 2 release when it’s out !
(Image source : xkcd)
And in the spirit of warmth and light and giving, Mageia is embarking on (what we hope will be) a yearly tradition where we donate to a project in the FOSS community. “What is this?” you might ask, or even “But I donated to Mageia, not some small project I’ve never even heard of!” and those are, of course, excellent questions.
See, Mageia is a community-driven Linux distribution. Everybody here volunteers and does the work because he or she can and because they want to contribute. The money that we collect in donations goes to paying for server costs, hardware repairs and upgrades, supporting booths and handing out merchandise at conventions, (and in one case flying in a repair person when everything broke).
But the Mageia community is part of a much larger community, the FOSS community. (FOSS stands for Free and Open Source Software) Thanks to you (yes, you personally!) we’ve grown to become one of the biggest Linux distributions out there. When we first started we were quite small, but we’ve grown up very quickly. Now we are in a position to help the litle guy. We’ll be using this gift to help out a project that we feel close to, so it will always be a project that we package.
This gift is (relatively speaking) rather small, but it’s the thought that counts. So we’d like to take this opportunity to spotlight a small but very useful open source software project.
Almost all of the applications that we use in a Mageia system are developed by other open source projects. Some of these are large and reasonably well funded, such as KDE, Gnome and Mozilla, but there are many others that depend on the support of very small groups of dedicated individuals. One such project is Gcompris, which is presently engaged in a fund raising drive to enable it to modernize the appearance of its software.
So we have decided that this year we will be donating 250€ to Gcompris. This year’s choice is built on that simple point: as a distribution, we are working hard to make Linux comfy for most users. Many children first see Linux through Gcompris (which means “I understood” when pronounced in French).
Gcompris is a software suite of educational activities for children from 0 to 10. Helping to introduce children to linux helps the whole Linux world to grow:). Of course, our donation is only a small part of what Gcompris is trying to raise, so if you have some money that you budgeted for a good cause and are looking for that good cause, we think that Gcompris is it.
This time we picked Gcompris ourselves, but next year, you can have a say in the matter. Towards the end of 2015 (we’re not sure exactly when) we’ll ask you what you think a worthy cause for our yearly gift will be. So if you happen to see one, make a note of it.
May you have a merry end-of-year festivities.
[This post is off-topic for some Planet readers, sorry for it. I just expect to get some help with free software communities.]
Exciting times are coming to me before the end of year. Next week (probably) I am going to Stockholm to live for 5 months. I am getting an visiting researcher position at KTH – Royal Institute of Technology as part of my PhD course. I will work with PSMIX group – Power System Management with related Information Exchange, leaded by Prof. Lars Nordström.
The subject of my project is the modelling and simulation of smart grids (power system plus a layer of communication and decision making automation) features using multi-agent systems. I expect to work with the simulation platform developed by PSMIX based in Raspberry PI and SPADE framework. The platform is described in this paper.
Well, I am very anxious with this travel because two things: the communication in English and the Sweden winter. The second is my main concern. Gosh, going out from the all the days Brazilian summer to the Nordic winter! :'( But ♫ I will survive ♪ (I expect).
If you know someone to help me with tips about apartment rent, I will be very glad. Rent accommodation in Stockholm is very hard and expensive.
Thanks and I will send news!