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Mageia Blog (English) : SIVEO joins the Mageia community to boost the development of the PULSE software17 de Novembro de 2015 - 0sem comentários ainda
We have a newcomer in the Mageia ecosystem: the young French company SIVEO has taken over the development of the open source server-related solutions of the former Mandriva, and they decided to base all their products on Mageia. Giving back to the community, they are now employing a long-time Mageia contributor and maintainer of the KDE stack, Nicolas Lécureuil (neoclust), to work on packaging their free software products in Mageia. The following is a joint press release by SIVEO and Mageia.org.
The project originally named LRS Linbox FAS PULSE then renamed by Mandriva in 2007, is now an opensource solution for asset management. It’s used as well by small or medium entreprise as by very big companies, and both private and public accounts.
Believing in the potential of PULSE, SIVEO is rising up to the challenge of making it a major open source solution for asset management. Key people who were already working on development of this project joined SIVEO. They now bring their skills, know-how and enthusiasm to the company.
In parallel to this and to fully anchor it into the open source world, SIVEO naturally approached the Mageia community by providing the PULSE project and its distribution allowing the enlargement of the Community basis.
“This way, we want to open the project and bring more resources while federating different players whether professionals, ordinary users or contributors,” recalled Yvan Manon, who has been involved in the PULSE project for a long time and is nowadays pre-sales engineer at SIVEO.
“To welcome new contributors is always a very positive thing for the Mageia community. The packaging of a professional solution of the quality of PULSE is an undeniable asset for the distribution, to further engage with the world of commerce and our business users – and hopefully encourage more to participate. The collaboration of a large company and the validity it gives to the quality of the Mageia distribution is also a large endorsment of the work done by the Mageia community,” says the Mageia Council.
PULSE is a complete solution to manage the life cycle of the workstation, which allows industrialization and automating heavy and time-consuming tasks on complex and remote networks. Its main features are:
- create and deploy sysprep disk image
- identify, deploy applications and patches
- make decision
- remote access
- overseeing the compliance and configurations of all assets
Finally, interoperability and agility facilitate its integration with the various components (LDAP, AD, GLPI, OCS Inventory Fusion, etc.) of an information system. SIVEO offers packaged version with support for distributions such as Debian, RedHat and CentOS, and any additional services (audit, installation, training) to ensure professional quality and serenity.
SIVEO is an infrastructure automation software company; it is a young company creates innovative in November 2008. First French company labelled in the INTEL CLOUD Builder initiative for its eVA solution, SIVEO works with publishers, SSII, public and private accounts.
Mageia.org is a French non-profit association with groups contributing together into a community. The Mageia community builds a GNU/Linux distribution with the goal of providing an easy to use and highly reliable operating system with the choice and scalability offered by the Linux infrastructure. Mageia has delivered 5 releases since 2011, with the next release, Mageia 6, already taking shape with a scheduled release date in 2016.
Backend selection dialog in Cantor
The most important thing in this future release is the removal of KDELibs4Support dependence. Cantor had an initial Qt5/KF5 port released with KDE Applications 15.04 in April, but that version was using KDELibs4Support yet. But that is a past story right now. Currently, the source code in master branch of Cantor repository can be compiled without the KDELibs4Support. I expect it can be a very important step to the port of the software to others operational systems.
In following weeks I am going to make a triage in bugs reports to verify which bugs are present in the current version. Let’s to do a hard work and invest a lot of energy to have a great release!
If you can help in the development, feel free to work together with me this work.
If you appreciate my work with Cantor, you can support me directly making a donation. Or you can to consider make a donation to KDE community – this way you support the improvements in the desktop, applications, libraries, and in the infrastructure provided by KDE to several free software projects. There is a crowdfunding campaign running until September 30, and the donation page always available.
Happy Software Freedom Day!
For the former, we want to wish you all a merry Software Freedom Day and hope that had the opportunity to attend one of the numerous related events.
For the latter, we can only encourage you again to upgrade to Mageia 5 as soon as possible so that you can benefit from further security fixes and bugfix updates. The full blog post about this can be read here. At this occasion, we would like to present to you a home-brewed tool that facilitates dumping ISO images to USB sticks; particularly handy if you’d like to upgrade to Mageia 5 using the classical installer DVD.
ISOdumper, image dumping made easy
Several programs are available for dumping ISO boot images to USB sticks – for installing the operating system. Doing this by hand is hazardous: a mistake can overwrite a disc partition. Mageia has its own package, ISOdumper, which does a lot more than the basic task. It is available from normal repositories, you can install it through the Mageia Control Center or Add/Remove software. The latest release is 0.42.
It is a GUI program which requires, and solicits, root privileges. In every case you must choose in the ‘Device’ list the USB stick you wish to use.
- ‘Write image’ is the basic task, for which you select the ISO image (*.iso) to write to the USB stick. But ISOdumper has a plus: it calculates the MD5 and SHA1 checksums – displayed in the ‘Details’ panel – enabling confirmation of the written ISO image if you have its original checksums to compare with.
- ‘Backup in’ is a very handy facility for backing up the current USB stick formating & contents to an image file on your disk (*.img); from which it can be subsequently restored by the ‘Write image’ function. This enables you, for example, to use temporarily a USB stick for ISO booting without sacrificing its previous content.
- ‘Format device’ not only offers a frequently sought but often hard-to-find facility for formatting USB sticks, with the plus of offering several filesystem types: FAT, NTFS, ext.
ISOdumper has its own wiki page with detailed usage instructions.
We had a tool named usb-imagewriter in our repositories to dump ISO images on USB sticks, but it was limited to deal with .img files, and the progress bar wasn’t working. A Mageia user and contributor, Papoteur, thus started to hack it, and as it was not maintained upstream anymore, had to fork the project.
He then added a feature for backup which creates a snapshot of the USB stick content before writing the ISO image. Some users complained that it was difficult to recover the device when the installation was done, thus Papoteur also added a simple feature to format the stick.
On the technical side, the tool is written in Python and uses GTK+/Glade UI library. The traditional dd command is replaced with customized writing functions and USB detection uses Udisks2 tools. The formatting feature is a tool from Clément Lefebvre (Mint).
We all thank Papoteur for his work on this handy tool! Have fun with ISOdumper and Mageia 5! And farewell Mageia 4, you were a great release!
As you may know, our policy is to support stable releases for 18 months; Mageia 4 was released on February 1st, 2014, so it should have been supported until August 1st, 2015.
However, due to the delayed release of Mageia 5, we chose to extend the support period of our previous release to give you more time to upgrade your systems.
That brought the new end-of-life (EOL) date for Mageia 4 to September 19th, 2015, i.e. 3 months after the release of Mageia 5.
As we are now very close to this date, we wanted to give you a heads-up in case you haven’t done the upgrade yet: after September 19th, Mageia 4 will not receive any new security or bugfix update, so you are encouraged to do the upgrade as soon as possible.
Most users who did the upgrade had a smooth experience, just make sure to check the wiki to see how to do it. Feel free to ask for help on IRC, the forums or the mailing list if you need further guidance to upgrade to Mageia 5.
KDE Applications 15.08 RC is now available in Mageia cauldron with new akonadi and Kdepim based on KF5.