OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 releases: GNU/Linux distribution
OpenMandriva Lx, based on Mandriva and Mandrake code, is an exciting free Desktop Operating System that aims to cater to and interest first time and advanced users alike. It has the breadth and depth of an advanced system but is designed to be simple and straightforward in use.
OpenMandriva Lx comes from a 100% community-driven association that believes in the values of free software & collaboration and whose founding values are development, equality, co-operation, openness, freedom, group achievement, independence, and solidarity.
- KDE 4.14.3 – default desktop for 2014.x and older
- Plasma 5 – default desktop since Lx 3 release
- Wayland support throug Plasma 5, Hawaii desktop and papyros
- systemd – default initing system
- LLVM/clang – default compiler (better than gcc), improved speed and memory footprint
- Calamares – graphical installer
- Automatic hardware detection
- ARM v7 and ARM v8 (aarch64) support
OpenMandriva Lx Lx 4.2 releases.
This version also includes:
LibreOffice suite 7.1.0, Krita 4.4.2, Digikam 7.2, SMPlayer 21.1.0, VLC 22.214.171.124, Falkon browser 3.1, SimpleScreenRecorder 0.4.3;
Desktop Presets (om-feeling-like) to customize the appearance of your OpenMandriva Plasma desktop to look and feel similar to other systems you may be used to;
Software Repository Selector (om-repo-picker) to enable additional repositories with thousands of additional Free Software packages.
The port to aarch64 (64-bit ARM processors) is completed, making it possible to build energy efficient PC replacements for less than $150.
Installable images are available for the PinebookPro, Raspberry Pi 4B and 3B+, Rock Pi 4A, 4B and 4C, Synquacer, Cubox Pulse and generic UEFI compatible devices, such as most aarch64 server boards. More aarch64 hardware support will follow shortly. This port also enables us to target a smartphone for the first time – an image running on the PinePhone is available (but should not yet be considered final quality).
A port to RISC-V – an Open Source processor architecture – is in the works, but not yet included in the 4.2 release.
For more technically adept, you may find interesting that this version also includes:
kernel 5.10.14 (5.11-rc7 also available), KDE Frameworks 5.78, Plasma Desktop 5.20.5, Applications 20.12.2, Qt Framework 5.15.2, LLVM/clang 11.0.1, systemd 247, Java 15, Calamares 3.2.35, binutils 2.36.1, gcc 10.2.
Also available in the repositories:
Alternative desktop environments for testing, Firefox 85, Chromium browser stable 88 (and beta 89, dev 90), Virtualbox 6.1.16, OBS Studio 26.1.2, Gimp 2.10.22, Calligra Suite 3.2.1;
Zypper as alternative package manager, PHP 8.0.2, numerous games, tools, development tools, educational software and more.
Last but not least, OpenMandriva provides a clang compiled kernel. Users can install same version of kernel-release-desktop and kernel-release-desktop-clang for comparison. In OM Welcome you will also find a convenient shortcut for it to install.
Most bugs reported for the test releases have been fixed.
We warmly thank our developers, testers and bug reporters, all our support teams as well as all people at large who are working so hard to make this technically advanced and beautifully artworked distribution.
We would also like to thank Ampere Computing for providing us with fast aarch64 build machines, speeding up our efforts at porting to this architecture.
As with any new stable release, we strongly recommend to backup your data and to perform a fresh install of the new operating system, to avoid any conflict with existing configuration settings.