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As we’re getting closer to the end of the year, Mageia has a present for you! We are very pleased to announce the release of Mageia 5.1!
This release – like Mageia 4.1 was in its time – 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.
The new images are available from the downloads page, both directly and through torrents.
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.
The full release notes and errata contain further details about the supported hardware. The important addition is that 5.1 can now be installed on NVMe based drives. Mageia 5 and by extension, 5.1 will be supported until 3 months after Mageia 6 is released, full details can be seen here.
This release was possible due to the hard work of the QA and ISO testing teams, as well as the work put in from the rest of the Community in packaging, tracking bugs and keeping up with security announcements. The testing of the updates and ISO images for all releases is a large job, and any help with this is greatly appreciated. The QA team has a very wide range of tasks so if you want to become involved, or are interested in learning more about the QA Team, please see here , or contributing to Mageia in general.
The 2016 POSS (Paris Open Source Summit, on Nov 16 & 17) was a great event for Mageia and its 3 representatives who ran the booth: Dtux, Magnux77 and Lebarhon.
This year, there were no lonely users coming with laptops to show us 3D display issues or that their sound wasn’t working, it is a testament to how good a release Mageia 5 is. Instead, we met many people using Mageia for development, teaching or for their professional living. It was nice to see how well known Mageia is as a serious and reliable platform. We met the leader of Alcasar, a network access controller used by many French administrations. Alcasar is running on thousands of computers, all of them under Mageia. These people often ask good questions, here are two examples, the first one from a developer and the second one from a teacher:
– On a computer without a graphic interface, after an automatic update, how to know if a reboot is necessary? or at least, which packages need it?
– Mageia says Live releases are for testing. For their first Mageia usage, many people prefer to use an old unused computer, the kind of computer with poor resources. Unfortunately, the Lives ISOs are shipped with KDE or GNOME, the desktop environments needing the most resources! Don’t you think Live releases should be shipped with LXQt or Xfce?
From most of the visitors, the same question was always coming again and again. In case it wasn’t on your mind…. “When is planned the Mageia 6 release?” In one hand, it is great to know that Mageia 6 is so much expected, but on the other hand, that means our communication is not good enough (This is something that we will try to work on).
POSS, just like any other exhibition is also a good way (if not the only one?) for any Mageia contributor or user to meet and see all the contributors they have already met in forums or mailing lists. This year we had the pleasure to discuss Mageia and Linux in general with ennael, baud, rtp, papoteur and piratu.
Cheers Dtux, Magnux77 and Lebarhon.
In answer to the questions asked, Mageia 6 will be released when ready, the next milestone release should be coming soon.
The inclusion of a “light” Live ISO is something that has been discussed a few times, while there is nothing stopping this from happening, the additional testing required to test 3 different live environments has always proved critical. If any volunteers would be willing to help with ISO building and testing, then this is something that could be addressed in the future.
With the delays to Mageia 6 and the approaching initial end of life (EOL) for Mageia 5 (initially planned for early December), we felt that it would be good to give an update on where things were with both Mageia 5 and 6.
Firstly, every release so far has been supported until 3 months after the next release, and Mageia 5 will be no different. Since Mageia 6 is being delayed, Mageia 5’s support is automatically extended in order to give users 3 months to upgrade before Mageia 5 stops receiving security updates.
We will also be releasing the Mageia 5.1 ISOs very soon (They are hopefully in their final round of testing now). This will allow for new systems to be installed with all the updates that Mageia 5 has received. As for Mageia 4.1, these are new ISOs of the same release, so the installed Mageia 5.1 systems will rely on the same Mageia 5 repositories and will get the same support. We will announce the final EOL as soon as Mageia 6 is released, but you can already count on more than 3 months for now.
Secondly, Mageia 6 has not been forgotten. We had issues with the ISO building server but now that these have been resolved and progress on 5.1 is good, the next milestone release towards Mageia 6 will shortly follow the release of Mageia 5.1. Developers have of course not been idle even though no ISOs were produced, and Cauldron is in a very good shape with many updates and fixes, so we hope that the next milestones (stabilisation snapshot 2, release candidate(s), final) will arrive soon and close to each other.
In other news, we had a booth at the Paris Open Source Summit, a full write up will follow shortly.
Image source – https://xkcd.com/606/
QtCon brought together five communities to host their respective conferences at a same time and place, creating one big and diverse conference. Those communities were Qt, KDAB, KDE (celebrating 20th birthday), VLC and FSFE (both celebrating 15th birthday).
Main conference hall of QtCon at bcc
That diversity of themes was a very interesting characteristic of QtCon. I really appreciated see presentations of Qt and KDAB people, and I was surprised about topics related with VLC community. The strong technical aspects of trends like Qt in mobile, Qt in IoT (including autonomous cars), the future of Qt, Qt + Python, contributing to Qt, and more, called my attention during the conference.
On VLC I was surprised with the size of the community. I never imagined VLC had too much developers. In fact, I never imagined VideoLAN is in fact an umbrella of a lot of projects related with multimedia, like codecs, streaming tools, VLC ports to specific devices (including cars through Android Auto), and more. Yes, I really appreciated to find these persons and watch their presentations.
I was waiting for the VLC 3.0 release during QtCon, but unfortunately it did not happen. Of course the team is improving this new release and when it is finished I will have a VLC to use together with my Chromecast, so, keep this great work coneheads!
FSFE presentations were interesting as well. In Brazil there are several talks about political and philosophical aspects of free software in conferences like FISL and Latinoware. In QtCon, FSFE brought this type of presentation in an “European” style: sometimes the presentations looks like more pragmatically in their approaches. Other FSFE presentations talked about the infrastructure and organizational aspects of the foundation, a nice overview to be compared with others groups like ASL.org in Brazil.
Of course, there were a lot of amazing presentations from our gearheads. I highlight the talks about KDE history, Plasma Desktop latest news, Plasma Mobile status, KF5 on Android, the experience of Minuet in mobile world, among others.
The KDE Store announcement was really interesting and I expect it will bring more attention to the KDE ecosystem when software package bundles
(snap/flat/etc) be available in the store.
Other software called my attention was Peruse, a comic book reader. I expect developers can solve the current problems in order to release a mobile version of Peruse, so this software can reach a broad base of users of these platforms.
After the end of QtCon, Akademy had place in TU Berlin, in a very beautiful and comfortable campus. This phase of the conference was full of technical sessions and discussions, hacking, and fun.
I attended to the Flatpack, Appstream, and Snapcraft BoFs. There were a lot of advanced technical discussions on those themes. Every Akademy I feel very impressed with the advanced level of the technical discussions performed by our hackers in KDE community. Really guys, you rocks!
The Snapcraft BoF was a tutorial about how to use that technology to create crossdistro bundle packages. That was interesting and I would like to test more and give a look in Flatpack in order to select something to create packages for Cantor.
Unfortunately I missed the BoF on Kube. I am very interested in an alternative PIM project for KDE, focused in E-Mail/Contacts/Calendar and more economic in computational resource demand. I am keeping my eyes and expectations on this project.
The others days basically I spent my time working on Cantor and having talk with our worldwide KDE fellows about several topics like KDE Edu, improvements in our Jabber/XMPP infrastructure, KDE 20th years, Plasma in small-size computers (thanks sebas for the Odroid-C1+ device ) WikiToLearn (could be interesting a way to import/export Cantor worksheets to/from WikiToLearn?), and of course, beers and Germany food.
And what about Berlin? It was my second time in the city, and like the previous one I was excited with the multicultural atmosphere, the food (<3 pork <3) and beers. We were in Kreuzberg, a hipster district in the city, so we could visit some bars and expat restaurants there. The QtCon+Akademy had interesting events as well, like the FSFE celebration in c-base and the Akademy daytrip in Peacock Island.
So, I would like to say thank you for KDE e.V. for funding my attendance in the events, thank you Petra for help us with the hostel, and thank your for all the volunteers for work hard and make this Akademy edition a real celebration of KDE community.
Some Brazilians in QtCon/Akademy 2016: KDHelio, Lamarque, Sandro, João, Aracele, Filipe (me)
Nicolas Lécureuil (neoclust) : Plasma 5.8.2, Applications 16.08.2 et Frameworks 5.27.0 sont disponible dans Mageia Cauldron23 de Outubro de 2016, 8:29 - 0sem comentários ainda
L’équipe KDE de Mageia vient de terminer la mise a jour de Plasma ( 5.8.2 ), KDE Applications ( 16.08.2 ) et Kde Framework ( 5.27.0 ).
L’équipe KDE travaille actuellement à corriger quelques soucis de migration mageia 5 -> Mageia 6.
Si vous testez et rencontrez des soucis lié au « packaging » de Plasma c’est ici que ça se passe. Par contre si vous rencontrez des bugs dans Plasma ou Kde Applications il faut aller sur le bugtracker Kde. ( cela permet que les devs principaux soient avertis du bugs et que les autres distributions aient le correctif rapidement).