Fri. Jul 10th, 2020

Mageia 8 – Alpha 1 released, based on Mandriva Linux branch

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Mageia is a branch of Mandriva Linux that was formed in September 2010 and was created by the former employee and contributor of the popular Linux distribution from France. Unlike Mandriva’s business entity, the Mageia project is a community project and a non-profit organization whose goal is to develop a free Linux-based operating system.

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Mageia 8 – Alpha 1 released.

Changelog

  • Kernel – 5.7.4
  • glib – 2.31
  • gcc – 10.1.1
  • rpm – 4.16.0
  • Chromium – 81
  • Firefox – 68.9
  • LibreOffice – 6.4.4
  • Plasma – 5.19.1
  • GNOME 3.36
  • Xfce 4.15.2

Some of the major improvements include improved ARM support, all packages have now been built for Aarch64 and ARM v7, completing the transition away from Python 2 and very recent hardware support. There have been many improvements to the installer, which now has better support for F2FS and Nilfs2. Both the live and classical environments have been improved with the use of ZStd compression, this will give faster boot and installation times. There has also been considerable work with package management, rpm 4.16 has brought many improvements including automatic SSD detection and improved transaction speed, while metadata parsing within urpmi has also been accelerated through the use of ZStd compression, AppStream metadata use has been improved to allow better integration with GNOME and Plasma. A full list of features can improvements can be seen here.

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