On September 6, the Mageia development team announced the immediate availability for download of the second Alpha release of the upcoming Mageia 4 Linux operating system.
Being powered by Linux kernel 3.10.10, Mageia 4 Alpha 2 uses KDE 4.11, GNOME 3.10 Beta 2, Libreoffice 4.1.1, systemd 206, Qt 4.8.5, RPM 4.11.0, and Perl 5.18.0. Also, the distribution has switched to the network interface naming scheme available in systemd 197 or later, in order to make sure they are predictable.
"We still have a big work to do on desktop integration. Several features for Mageia 4 are about providing more desktop environments as there is a lot of movement in this area at the moment. Everybody should then find the right one for them depending on their own needs," was stated in the official release announcement.
Mageia 4 Alpha 2 is distributed only as Live CD ISO images with the GNOME and KDE4 desktop environments, supporting only the 32-bit architecture, as well as Live DVD ISO images for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
Download Mageia 4 Alpha 2 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.