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We have completed the artwork contest and would like to extend our thanks to everyone that took part, there were some excellent pieces submitted and choosing the winners was a tough task.
We would like to congratulate Jacques Daugeron on winning the background contest, the runners up will be available in the extra theme package as well.
Here is the signature background for Mageia 6, it will be included in the next updates to the theme packages.
Here are some of the images that will be included in the extra backgrounds package.
Also, congratulations go to the winners of the screensaver contest: Fabien Deschodt, Володимир, fkuller, Teimuraz Khazaradze, Donald Stewart, Jose, Philippe Verschelde and Mészáros Csaba, it was great to see so many contributors coming from such far reaching parts of the World.
We have images of Black Sea sunsets, snowy mountains in Scotland, big European cities all the way to South American waterways, its nice to see the global appeal that Mageia brings.
Thanks again to all the contributors, we look forward to hearing your feedback on the new look!
Everyone at Mageia is very happy to announce the release of the next step in the path to Mageia 6.
The first stabilisation snapshot, as the name suggests, aims to start bringing everything together and getting the new software stable enough for release. Most of the big updates since dev1 have been moving from beta/RC releases of major software components to stable ones, which will hopefully give a nicely polished feel to the release.
GRUB 2 is now the default bootloader as GRUB Legacy has finally run its course. We have also fully switched from KDE 4 to Plasma 5, as well as solved issues with localisation. The switch to GRUB2 led to the need for updates to our tools and installer which took some tuning to get right, as we wanted to make sure that the release was functional for testing.
The Live media are now available. However, due to lack of use, the LiveCDs have been replaced with LiveDVDs to allow for a fuller distribution of the desktop to be available. The installation media will be available as normal.
We have already entered version freeze, so the package versions seen here will likely be the major versions shipped with Mageia 6, although we aim to update to the 4.7 kernel branch for better support of new hardware and a longer support cycle. We hope that this will offer the perfect blend of freshness and stability.
Mageia 6 sta1 ships with the following:
- Linux Kernel 4.6.3
- Glibc 2.22
- Plasma 5.6.4
- GNOME 3.20.3
- MATE 1.14.1
- Cinnamon 3.0.1
- LibreOffice 184.108.40.206
- Firefox 45 ESR
- Thunderbird 45
- Chromium 51
Full release notes are available here
The ISOs are available for testing on the Mageia website, or if you prefer a specific mirror, the list is available here. While we are hoping that this release is getting closer to a fully stable and usable release, please remember that it is still a pre-release and is early in the Mageia 6 release cycle. So, for any bugs that you find, we would appreciate a report on our Bugzilla so that we can get them fixed for the final release. The ISO’s have been fully tested by our QA team so we hope that they will work well for you. If you would like to get involved in QA testing, ISO testing or any other part of Mageia, have a look at our Contribution page for ideas on how you can help. We always welcome new contributors.
We look forward to hearing your feedback.
In the end of May, ~20 gearheads from different countries of Latin America were together in Rio de Janeiro working in several fronts of the KDE. This is our ‘multiple projects sprint’ named LaKademy!
Like all previous editions of LaKademy, this year I worked hard in Cantor; unlike all previous editions, this year I did some work in new projects to be released in some point in the future. So, let’s see my report of LaKademy 2016.
LaKademy is very important to Cantor development because during the sprint I can to focus and work hard to implement great features to the software. In past editions I started the Python 2 backend development, ported Cantor to Qt5/KF5, drop kdelibs4support, and more.
This year is the first LaKademy after I got the maintainer status of Cantor and, more amazing, it is the first edition where I was not the only developer working in Cantor: we had a team working in different parts of the project.
My main work was to perform a heavy bug triage in Cantor, closing old bugs and confirming some of them. In addition I could to fix several bugs like the LaTeX rendering and the crash after close the window for Sage backend, or the fix for plot commands for Octave backend.
My second work was to help the others developers working in Cantor, I was very happy to work with different LaKademy attendees in the software. I helped Fernando Telles, my SoK 2015 student, to fix the support for Sage backend for Sage version > 7.2. Wagner Reck was working in a new backend for Root, the scientific programming framework developed by CERN. Rafael Gomes created a Docker image to Cantor in order to make easy the environment configuration, build, and code contribution for new developers. He wants to use it in other KDE software and I am really excited to see Cantor as the first software in this experiment.
Other relevant work was some discussions with other developers about the selection of an “official” technology to create backends for Cantor. Currently Cantor has backends developed in several ways: some of them use C/C++ APIs, others use Q/KProcess, others use DBus… you can think about how to maintain all these backends is a work for crazy humans.
I did not select the official technology yet. Both DBus and Q/KProcess has advantages and disadvantages (DBus is a more ‘elegant’ solution but bring Cantor to other OS can be more easy if we use Q/KProcess)… well, I will wait for the new DBus-based Julia backend, in development by our GSoC 2016 student, to make decision about which solution to use.
New projects: Sprat and Leibniz (non-official names)
This year I could to work in some new projects to be released in the future. Their provisional names are Sprat and Leibniz.
Sprat is a text editor to write drafts of scientific papers. The scientific text follows some patterns of sentences and communication figures. Think about “A approach based in genetic algorithm was applied to the travel salesman problem”: it is easy to identify the pattern in that text. Linguistics has worked in this theme and it is possible to classify sentences based in the communication objective to be reached for a sentence. Sprat will allow to the user to navigate in a set of sentences and select them to create drafts of scientific papers. I intent to release Sprat this year, so please wait for more news soon.
Leibniz is Cantor without worksheets. Sometimes you want just to run your mathematical method, your scientific script, and some related computer programs, without to put explanations, figures, or videos in the terminal. In KDE world we have amazing technologies to allow us to develop a “Matlab-like” interface (KonsolePart, KTextEditor, QWidgets, and plugins) to all kind of scientific programming languages like Octave, Python, Scilab, R… just running these programs in KonsolePart we have access to syntax highlighting, tab completion… I would like to have a software like this so I started the development. I decided to develop a new software and not a new view to Cantor because I think the source code of Leibniz will be small and more easy to maintain.
So, if you are excited with some of them, let me know in comments below and wait a few months for more news!
During LaKademy we had our promo meeting, an entire morning to discuss KDE promo actions in Latin America. KDE will have a day of activities at FISL and we are excited to make amazing KDE 20th birthday parties in the main free software events in Brazil. We also evaluated and discussed the continuation of some interesting activities like Engrenagem (our videocast series) and new projects like demo videos for KDE applications.
In that meeting we also decided the city to host LaKademy 2017: Belo Horizonte! We expect to have a incredible year with KDE activities in Latin America to be evaluated in our next promo meeting.
Conclusion: “O KDE na América Latina continua lindo“
This edition of LaKademy had strong and dedicated work by all attendees in several fronts of KDE, but we had some moments to stay together and consolidate our community and friendship. Unfortunately we did not have time to explore Rio de Janeiro (it was my first time in the city) but I had good impressions of the city and their people. I intent to go back to there, maybe this year yet.
The best part of to be a member of a community like KDE is to make friends for the life, people with you like to share beers and food while chat about anything. This is amazing for me and I found it in KDE. <3
Thank you KDE and see you soon in next LaKademy!
Rio de Janeiro, the “Cidade Maravilhosa”, land of the eternal Summer. The sunlight here is always clear and hot, the sea is refreshing, the sand is comfortable. The people is happy, Rio de Janeiro has good music, food, the craziest parties of the world, and beautiful bodies having fun with beach games (do you know futevolei?).
But while Rio de Janeiro is boiling, some Gearheads based in Latin America will be working together in a cold and dark room in the city, attending to our “multi-area” sprint named Latin America Akademy – LaKademy 2016.
In my plans I have a lot of work to do in Cantor, including a strong triage in bugs and several tests with some IPC technologies. I would like to choose one to be the “official” technology to implement backends for Cantor. Cantor needs a IPC technology with good multiplatform support for the main desktop operating systems. I am think about DBus… do you have other suggestions or tips?
Other contributors also want to work in Cantor. Wagner wants to build and test the application in Windows and begin an implementation of a backend for a new programming language. Fernando, my SoK 2015 student, wants to fix the R backend. I will be very happy seeing these developers dirtying their hands in Cantor source code, so I will help them in those tasks.
During LaKademy I intent to present for the attendees some ideas and prototypes of two new software I am working. I expect to get some feedback and I will think about the next steps for them. Maybe I can submit them for new KDE projects… Well, let’s see.
Wait for more news from the cold and dark room of our LaKademy event in Rio de Janeiro.
We have decided to extend the contest by a week as there are still lots of contributions coming in and with the work coming from people’s donated time, we wanted to give a larger chance to others that might have been busy with other things.
The contest will now close on the 30th of May; as before, all work should be submitted to the Artwork Drop.
For more information about the contest, please have a look at the initial announcement blog post.
We look forward to seeing what you come up with for Mageia 6!