Mageia é um fork do Mandriva Linux, apoiada por uma organização sem fins lucrativos reconhecida e colaboradores eleitos. Mais do que apenas oferecer um sistema operacional livre, seguro, estável e sustentável, o objetivo é a criação de uma administração estável e confiável para orientar projetos colaborativos.

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Mageia Blog (English) : They make Mageia: David Walser

2 de Dezembro de 2014, por Desconhecido - 0sem comentários ainda

luigi1How should we call you ? Luigi or David and why using Luigi ?

David. Luigi is my favorite video game character from growing up. When I first started using the internet in the mid-90’s, one of my first destinations was I created my first online account there, originally Davidwalser, which I soon realized wasn’t exactly what you wanted an online screenname to be, so I changed it to Luigiwalser. My first, and still current, e-mail account,, was created a few months later.

I also learned about IRC in my early internet days, and didn’t use it much, but I learned that you don’t typically want to use your real name while on IRC. This was more true of generic IRC, like DALnet that I used back then occasionally. Obviously it doesn’t really apply on Freenode. Anyway, I created the IRC name Luigi12 way back then (12 being my favorite number), and have always used that on IRC ever since. People in Mageia sometimes call me Luigi primarily because of my IRC name. One fellow distance runner that I know IRL also calls me Luigi because of my e-mail address. I don’t really mind that, but I prefer people call me David, as that’s my real name :o)

Can you introduce yourself in a few words?

I am generally a man of few words, but I probably need a few more to introduce myself. I have been using Linux for 15.5 years, and Mandrake/Mandriva/Mageia for 15 years. I have been contributing since the summer of 2001 to some degree. I did a fair amount the first few years, not much for the next seven, and have done quite a bit since I joined Mageia at the end of 2011.

I am 33 years old, am a former high school math and computer science teacher, still am involved with high school track & field, and now teach Linux/Unix fundamentals to adults. I am a distance runner and I enjoy watching American football and listening to music.

So you are our cerberus for security update for some time now. Why did you choose to contribute on security side? This part of contribution is often seen as quite boring comparing to working on new functionnalities.

Security has always been important to me. It is something I always took seriously in setting up Linux systems for myself and my family in the early years, as well as Linux and Solaris systems that I administered for my college department in 2002. In fact, my very first contribution to Mandrake was a patch to a script in their CUPS package, whose purpose was to automatically generate cupsd.conf, to make it not listen on a network interface connected to your WAN, i.e. a security hardening :o).

I stumbled into my current role at Mageia completely by accident. I had upgraded my sister’s laptop from Mandriva 2010.2 to Mageia 1, and noticed one Mandriva package left on the system because it had a newer release tag than the Mageia package. The reason was because Mandriva had done a security update for the package, but when it was imported into Mageia, the release version was imported rather than the updates version. I was concerned about other security updates that might have been missed, and began investigating this. I started filing bugs for missing security updates and helping the QA team test updates that got packaged, to help the updates get release more expeditiously.

I also joined as a packager because there were a couple of packages that I wanted to import. Once I had packager access, I had the ability to help package some of the security updates. Over time this lead me to my current role, of keeping track of security issues and packaging some of the updates. I’m fortunate that I’m able to do some sysadmin work at my job as we’re a small team and support less than 50 students at a time, so I use Mageia on several of our servers as well as my desktop at work, so I’m able to spend some work time on Mageia stuff.

Could you explain us what your job is about in security team?

Managing security updates for the distribution. I use whatever sources of information I can to be informed about security issues that affect our distribution, file bugs for these, and try to help ensure that updates get packaged. I do much of the packaging myself, involve other packagers to help with this work, and work with the QA team to help the updates get tested and released.

So Mageia 3 is now EOL. What does that mean exactly? What would you advise to Mageia 3 users?

The EOL means that Mageia will no longer be releasing updates for Mageia 3. Any new security issues or bugs that come to light will not be fixed. Mageia 3 users should upgrade to Mageia 4 as soon as possible. Most Linux distributions are supported for a fixed amount of time after they are released. Mageia releases are supported for 18 months.

Beyond this amount of time, it becomes more difficult to obtain fixes for security issues for many packages. As a community run mostly by a small number of volunteers, our resources for providing support are rather limited too.

This last question is for you:). What would you say to recruit new contributors to help in security team (aside from promising coffee or beer ) ?

I suppose it’s good that coffee and beer weren’t offered in the beginning, as I don’t drink either of those (nor anything carbonated, caffeinated, or alcoholic :o). Anyone that uses Mageia should understand that the updates that seem to magically appear periodically don’t actually get there by magic. It’s a lot of work done by a small amount of people.

Anyone that is concerned about the security of the software that we ship and has the ability to contribute to this effort can help ensure that Mageia continues to have a good security posture by helping out. It isn’t the most exciting work, but it is very important and impacts all of our users, so it can be rewarding when you look at it that way. Contributing to this effort is a good way to have a positive impact on the distribution, and it gives you the opportunity to become more familiar with our overall package set.

The security team also acts as a kind of bridge between the packaging and QA teams, and it is fun interacting with these great groups of people.

You can join me on IRC or by mail.

Thanks David!

Mageia Blog (English) : Let’s say goodbye to Mageia 3

26 de Novembro de 2014, por Desconhecido - 0sem comentários ainda

It’s been a great run, but all good things must end. Or at least, upgrade to a greater thing.

Since Mageia 3 was released in May 2013 our packaging and security teams have provided hundreds of updates (actually 1136 source packages in the Core repository, that accounts for almost 9000 binary packages), all of them tested and validated by our QA team.

As we announced in our earlier blog post, Mageia 3 has now reached the end of its product life. This means that we will not be providing any more security or bugfix updates for Mageia 3.

In order to keep your systems secure and functioning properly, you should upgrade any Mageia 3 systems that you still have to Mageia 4 as soon as possible.

And just in case you need another incentive to upgrade, Mageia 5 is coming soon (the final release should be at the end of January 2015). Mageia 5 will be our best release yet, and we only support upgrading to it from Mageia 4, so upgrading now will mean you will be ready to go when Mageia 5 comes around.

So head on over to this wiki page and upgrade your system today.

Liberdade na Fronteira : Presenting a Season of KDE 2014 student – Minh Ngo

21 de Novembro de 2014, por Desconhecido - 0sem comentários ainda

Season of KDE is an outreach program hosted by the KDE community. This year I am working as a mentor to a long time requested project related with Cantor – the development of Python 3 backend. You can read more about Cantor in my blog (texts in English and Portuguese). So, let’s say welcome and good luck to Minh Ngo, the student behind this project!


My name is Minh,

Minh Ngo

I’m BSc graduated student. I’m Vietnamese, but unlike other Vietnamese students spent most of my life in Ukraine. Currently, I’m preparing myself to the Master degree that will start in the next semester.

Open source is my free time hobby, so I would like to make something that is useful for the community. Previously, I was participated in the GSoC 2013 program and in several open source projects. Some of my personal projects is available on my github page, not so popular like other cool projects, but several are used by other people and this fact makes me very happy :) .

Cantor is one of opportunities to spend time to create an useful thing and win an exclusive KDE T-shirt :). I decided to start my contribution with the Python3 backend, because few months ago I studied several courses that are related with Machine Learning, so I was looking for a stable desktop backend for IPython. A notebook version IPython I do not entirely like and its qtconsole version doesn’t satisfy me in terms of functionality, therefore I decided to find some existent frontend for IPython that I can tune for myself. And the story with Cantor began after than :)

Happy hacking!

Mageia Blog (English) : As Philae, Mageia 3 is running out of batteries…

19 de Novembro de 2014, por Desconhecido - 0sem comentários ainda

(Source: xkcd)

As you all know, we can’t maintain Mageia releases forever. And it’s time to say goodbye to Mageia 3. After Wednesday the 26th of November, this release won’t benefit from any more security or bugfix updates. This will allow QA team to give more time for polishing our coming Mageia 5.

So you have only one week left to upgrade to Mageia 4 if you want to keep an up-to-date system. Do not hesitate to use our mailing-lists, forums or IRC channel to speak about it and ask for help if needed.

See for more details.

The various ways of upgrading from Mageia 3 to Mageia 4 are described in this page.

Bruno Cornec : HP MyRoom on a 64 bits Linux

17 de Novembro de 2014, por Desconhecido - 0sem comentários ainda

Well, HP is now promoting a new solution for webinars called HP MyRoom. And even if they provide rpm (and deb) packages, these are not working out of the box on my Mageia 64 bits distro, of course. That was already the case with HP Virtual Room previsouly.

But nothing you can’t make work, as long as you have the source don’t you ? So here is the receipe:

First install all the required dependencies that are not correctly mentioned in the rpm:

urpmi lib64xtst6 libxtst6 lib64xscrnsaver1 libxscrnsaver1 jpeg-devel lcms-devel

Then add an additional library which was not even part of Mageia when I started this post ;-)
Get it from Cauldron where I uploaded it:

urpmi libmng1-1.0.10-1.mga5.x86_64.rpm libmng1-1.0.10-1.mga5.i586.rpm

Then finally download HP MyRoom for a 64 bits RPM system and install it with:

rpm -ivh --nodeps hpmyroom-

and launch it !


And now enjoy exchanging from Linux as well as from Lynx but without the hassle to use Windows ;-)

Filed under: FLOSS Tagged: HP, HPLinux, Linux, Mageia, MyRoom