Anne Nicolas has announced earlier today, September 7th, that the first Alpha version of the upcoming Mageia 3 Linux operating system is now available for download and testing.
Being powered by Linux kernel 3.5.3, Mageia 3 Alpha 1 comes packed with the latest KDE 4.9 and GNOME 3.6 Beta 1 desktop environment.
Moreover, the distro includes apps like Amarok 2.6.0, digiKam 2.9.0, Telepathy-KDE 0.5.0, Tomahawk player 0.5.5, Calligra 2.5.1 and, of course, the latest Qt 4.8.2 and Qt 5 Beta 1 libs.
“/usr move main goal is to provide an easy way to mount most of the installed operating system files read-only during normal usage. Also make it easy to take snapshots (when combined with btrfs) or share it over the network,” the official release notes read.
Unfortunately, there’s no Live CD image with this first development release, because of a UnionFS issue. Therefore, testers will have to install the distribution on a testing machine.
Download Mageia 3 Alpha 1 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is an alpha release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.