Mageia Changelog

New in version 5 Beta 1

November 12th, 2014
  • Installation:
  • Stage 1:
  • Stage1 has been converted from a custom initrd image to a dracut generated one
  • Stage1 is now dynamically linked
  • when building, a BOOT_AUTOMATIC_METHOD env variable enables to alter default boot options for easier debugging
  • Stage 2:
  • Work was done on RAID management during installation. This was quite buggy in previous releases and should now be usable at last.
  • GDM is no more automatically used for XFCE
  • logs now explain why updates are not offered when that happens
  • open-vm-tools are automatically installed on VMware hypervisor
  • network interfaces are renamed by udev during installation too
  • default entry is read & written back for Grub2
  • Package management:
  • RPM has been upgraded to 4.11.0. Urpmi has a new option --deploops that enables to debug circular dependencies.
  • Tools:
  • Tools were ported from usermode to polkit for authentication.
  • On first boot, finish-install will no longer remove radeon-firmware or any network related firmwares as we don't know when some hw gets plugged that needs it.
  • Hardware detection has seen fixes: - a couple WiFi cards were misdetected - RAID devices are better handled
  • Drakboot now write and read back the default entry when using Grub2.
  • Various bug fixes were done:
  • LDAP configuration (bug #10005),
  • firewall configuration not being applied (bug #9941)
  • syslinux:
  • syslinux has been updated to 6.02. This allows to get rid of very old patches and then use upstream version.
  • kernel:
  • Mageia 4 Beta 1 ships with kernel 3.12.0
  • systemd:
  • Mageia 4 Beta 1 comes with systemd 208
  • GRUB:
  • Mageia 4 Beta 1 still comes with GRUB as a default. But we also provide GRUB2.
  • Perl:
  • Perl has been upgraded to 5.18.1
  • Network interfaces naming scheme:
  • Mageia has switched to the network interface naming scheme available in systemd v197+ to ensure they are predictable. A lot of bugs have been fixed to improve integration. We are looking for any feedback that could help to improve more if needed.
  • MageiaWelcome:
  • MageiaWelcome is now proposed as a default when opening a session in graphical environments. The main goal is to help new comers on Mageia but also give some information about the community and the project.
  • X Window System (X11):
  • The X.org server has been updated from 1.3 to 1.4.4.
  • KDE:
  • KDE 4.11.2 (stable release) is now available in beta 1.
  • KDE screen management: we are now using kscreen as the tool to manage screen
  • Qt 4.8.5
  • GNOME:
  • GNOME environment is also provided. currently 3.10.1.
  • Mate:
  • Mate is now inside the repositories.
  • Cinammon:
  • Cinnamon is now inside the repositories.
  • Office apps:
  • Beta 1 comes with Libreoffice 4.1.3.2
  • Blender 2.69 is there, with it's nice new features.
  • Software Development:
  • Mono 3.2.1
  • Monodevelop 4.0.9
  • Gambas3 3.4.2

New in version 5 Alpha 2 (August 15th, 2014)

  • kernel:
  • Alpha 2 comes with 3.15.6 kernel inside
  • systemd:
  • Alpha 2 comes with 208-15 version
  • Perl:
  • Alpha 2 comes with 5.20.0 version
  • Users management:
  • Users account UIDs are now starting from 1 000 instead of 500 previously. System users will be from 1 to 999. There may be some side effects for now that will be fixed before final release.
  • KDE:
  • KDE 4.13.95 is now available in alpha 2.
  • Qt 4.8.6 KDE5 is on coming slowly too, you can check it with kf5* packages
  • GNOME:
  • GNOME environment is also provided. currently 3.13.4.
  • LXDE, razorqt:
  • LXQT is the successor of razorqt. It looks the same, although it adds quite a lot of desktop functionality. Most of the applications come from LXDE, but as QT version. It's currently being discussed whether LXDE should be kept as a separate desktop. razorqt will be obsoleted, and people will get LXQT after an upgrade to Mageia 5 (this is currently work-in-progress).
  • Mate:
  • Mate Desktop 1.8.1 is available with Alpha 2
  • Cinnammon:
  • Cinnamon is available in 2.2.13 version
  • Office apps:
  • Alpha 2 comes with Libreoffice 4.3

New in version 5 Alpha 1 (July 9th, 2014)

  • Alpha 1 comes with 3.15.2 kernel inside
  • Alpha 1 comes with 208-15 version
  • Alpha 1 comes with 5.20.0 version
  • KDE 4.13.2 is now available in Alpha 1
  • Qt 4.8.6
  • GNOME environment is also provided. currently 3.13.3
  • Alpha 1 comes with Libreoffice 4.2.4.2

New in version 4.1 (June 20th, 2014)

  • It is a maintenance release for Mageia 4 which contains all security and bugfix updates that were issued since the release in February 2014. In particular, the Mageia 4 ISO images were affected by an upstream syslinux bug which prevented installation using a burned DVD on some older hardware. Among the updated packages you will find the Linux kernel (version 3.12.21), various drivers for your hardware, and updated software such as Libreoffice and Firefox. Another notable update is the fix for the well-known “Heartbleed” bug of OpenSSL.
  • Please note that the Mageia 4.1 version tag concerns only the respin of the ISO images: the actual release that gets installed is still Mageia 4, with all ofthe updates that had been released by early June. This means that if you are already running Mageia 4 and performing updates regularly, you are not required to do anything since your system is already up-to-date. The Mageia 4.1 maintenance release is meant for new installations and upgrades from Mageia 3.

New in version 4 (February 1st, 2014)

  • Updates to RPM (4.11) and urpmi, which has been given a thorough Mageia turnout and cleanup
  • Kernel 3.12
  • systemd 208
  • GRUB is the default bootloader; GRUB2 is available to test.
  • Revamped package groupings for installation and rpmdrake
  • KDE 4.11
  • GNOME 3.10
  • Xfce 4.10, Mate 1.6 and Cinnamon 2.0
  • Libreoffice 4.1.3.2
  • Experimental UEFi Support
  • FullHD+ resolution support
  • oh, and the neat new Mageia Welcome!

New in version 4 RC (January 19th, 2014)

  • Most tools have been ported to Gtk+-3:
  • drak3d
  • drakpxelinux
  • drakx-finish-install
  • draklive-installer (the live installer)
  • drakwizard
  • drakxtools
  • drakx (the classic installer)
  • gurpmi
  • mgaonline
  • net_monitor
  • rpmdrake
  • transfugdrake
  • userdrake
  • They now use more modern components and have access to all widgets through introspection or be used with Broadway.
  • Some related changes:
  • diskdrake: now display ellipsized partition labels (the full labels are displayed through tooltips)
  • net_applet: notifications work again for
  • drakxservices: uses tooltips for service descriptions instead of an "info" button
  • Installation:
  • Stage 1:
  • Stage1 has been converted from a custom initrd image to a dracut generated one
  • Stage1 is now dynamically linked
  • when building, a BOOT_AUTOMATIC_METHOD env variable enables to alter default boot options for easier debugging
  • Stage 2:
  • Work was done on RAID management during installation. This was quite buggy in previous releases and should now be usable at last.
  • GDM is no more automatically used for XFCE
  • logs now explain why updates are not offered when that happens
  • open-vm-tools are automatically installed on VMware hypervisor
  • network interfaces are renamed by udev during installation too
  • default entry is read & written back for Grub2
  • basic support for eMMc block devices (Luc Menut, mga#11812)
  • stage2 can be build with debug option in order to run installer from gdb, ...
  • drakx-in-chroot adds a new --depth option in order to force eg: 16bit colors mode
  • RPM has been upgraded to 4.11.1. Urpmi has a new option --deploops that enables to debug circular dependencies.
  • syslinux:
  • syslinux has been updated to 6.02. This allows to get rid of very old patches and then use upstream version. Some fixes are in progress to fix localboot.
  • kernel:
  • Mageia 4 RC ships with kernel 3.12.7
  • systemd:
  • Mageia 4 RC comes with systemd 208
  • GRUB:
  • Mageia 4 RC still comes with GRUB as a default. But we also provide GRUB2.
  • Perl:
  • Perl has been upgraded to 5.18.1
  • Mesa:
  • Mesa has been upgraded to 10.0.2
  • Network interfaces naming scheme:
  • Mageia has switched to the network interface naming scheme available in systemd v197+ to ensure they are predictable. A lot of bugs have been fixed to improve integration. We are looking for any feedback that could help to improve more if needed.

New in version 4 Beta 1 (November 15th, 2013)

  • syslinux has been updated to 6.02
  • Mageia 4 Beta 1 ships with kernel 3.12.0
  • Mageia 4 Beta 1 comes with systemd 208
  • Perl has been upgraded to 5.18.1
  • Mageia has switched to the network interface naming scheme available in systemd v197+ to ensure they are predictable. A lot of bugs have been fixed to improve integration. We are looking for any feedback that could help to improve more if needed.
  • KDE 4.11.2
  • Qt 4.8.5
  • GNOME 3.10.1
  • Libreoffice 4.1.3.2
  • Mono 3.2.1
  • Monodevelop 4.0.9
  • Gambas3 3.4.2

New in version 4 Alpha 3 (October 3rd, 2013)

  • Kernel:
  • Mageia 4 Alpha 3 ships with kernel 3.11.2
  • systemd:
  • Mageia 4 Alpha 3 comes with systemd 207
  • GRUB:
  • Mageia 4 Alpha 3 still comes with GRUB as a default. But we also provide GRUB2.
  • Perl:
  • Perl has been upgraded to 5.18.1
  • Network interfaces naming scheme:
  • Mageia has switched to the network interface naming scheme available in systemd v197+ to ensure they are predictable.
  • MageiaWelcome:
  • MageiaWelcome is now proposed as a default when opening a session in graphical environments. The main goal is to help new comers on Mageia but also give some information about the community and the project.
  • KDE:
  • KDE 4.11.1 (stable release) is now available in alpha 3. Updating after installation will allow you to get 4.11.2 as it was released too late to be included in alpha3
  • KDE screen management: we are now using kscreen as the tool to manage screen
  • Qt 4.8.5
  • GNOME:
  • GNOME environment is also provided. currently 3.10.0.
  • Alpha 3 comes with Libreoffice 4.1.2.3
  • Mono 3.2.1
  • Monodevelop 4.0.9
  • Gambas3 3.4.2

New in version 4 Alpha 2 (September 7th, 2013)

  • RPM has been upgraded to 4.11.0
  • kernel:
  • Mageia 4 Alpha 2 ships with kernel 3.10.10
  • systemd:
  • Mageia 4 Alpha 2 comes with systemd 206
  • GRUB:
  • Mageia 4 Alpha 2 still comes with GRUB as a default. But we also provide GRUB2.
  • Perl:
  • Perl has been upgraded to 5.18.0
  • Network interfaces naming scheme:
  • Mageia has switched to the network interface naming scheme available in systemd v197+ to ensure they are predictable.
  • KDE 4.11 (stable release) is now available in alpha 2.
  • Qt 4.8.5
  • GNOME environment is also provided. currently 3.9.91.

New in version 4 Alpha 1 (August 10th, 2013)

  • RPM has been upgraded to 4.11.0
  • Mageia 4 Alpha 1 ships with kernel 3.10.5
  • Mageia 4 Alpha 1 comes with systemd 206
  • Mageia 4 Alpha 1 still comes with GRUB as a default. But we also provide GRUB2.
  • Perl has been upgraded to 5.18.0
  • KDE 4.11-rc2 is now available in alpha 1.
  • Qt 4.8.5
  • GNOME environment is also provided. currently 3.9.5.
  • Mate is now inside the repositories.
  • Cinnamon is now inside the repositories.
  • Alpha 1 comes with Libreoffice 4.1
  • New artwork is not yet integrated in this early stage of Mageia 4.

New in version 3 (May 19th, 2013)

  • Updates to RPM (4.11) and urpmi, which has been given a good Mageia turnout and cleanup
  • Kernel 3.8
  • systemd 195
  • GRUB is the default bootloader; GRUB2 is available to test.
  • Revamped package groupings for installation and rpmdrake
  • KDE 4.10.2
  • GNOME 3.6.
  • Xfce 4.10
  • Libreoffice 4.0.3

New in version 3 RC (April 22nd, 2013)

  • kernel:
  • Mageia 3 RC ships with kernel 3.8.8
  • systemd:
  • Mageia 3 RC comes with systemd 195
  • GRUB:
  • Mageia 3 RC still comes with GRUB as a default. But you can test GRUB2. integration is now available in installer and drakxtools.
  • File systems:
  • OverlayFS is now available and used to build live CDs
  • Perl:
  • Perl has been upgraded to 5.16.3 and all perl packages have been rebuilt and/or updated
  • Ruby:
  • Ruby has been upgraded to 1.9.3, and most of the packages have been rebuilt.
  • journalctl:
  • Journalctl is now used as default. You can still install rsyslog if you want logs in tty12 or syslog/user/access/messages log.

New in version 3 Beta 4 (April 1st, 2013)

  • Linux kernel:
  • Mageia 3 Beta 4 ships with kernel 3.8.5
  • systemd:
  • Mageia 3 Beta 4 comes with systemd 195
  • GRUB:
  • Mageia 3 Beta 4 still comes with GRUB as a default. But you can test GRUB2. integration is now available in installer and drakxtools.
  • File systems:
  • OverlayFS is now available and used to build live CDs
  • Perl:
  • Perl has been upgraded to 5.16.3 and all perl packages have been rebuilt and/or updated
  • Ruby:
  • Ruby has been upgraded to 1.9.3, and most of the packages have been rebuilt.
  • journalctl:
  • Journalctl is now used as default. You can still install rsyslog if you want logs in tty12 or syslog/user/access/messages log.

New in version 3 Beta 3 (March 11th, 2013)

  • Tokenring is no longer supported.
  • The installer can now write a debug file to a USB key formatted as NTFS instead of FAT (mga#5685).
  • Resizing NTFS works again (it was broken by the switch from ntfsprogs to ntfs-3g)
  • The installer has been updated to include the latest kernel/rpm/perl/pango/x11-server.
  • An "unselect all" button has been added when one chooses to pick package groups, allowing a faster minimal installation.
  • Proprietary drivers and/or non-free firmware can now be installed during installation. The user is be asked whether to keep non-free packages during installation via a simple checkbox. Moving the mouse above the media shows a description of what each contains.
  • Grub2 can now be installed at the summary step, it can also be done on a partition. Integration in drakboot is only partial, if you want a better GUI conf, you could use grub-customizer.
  • RPM has been upgraded to 4.11.
  • Mageia 3 Beta 3 ships with kernel 3.8
  • Mageia 3 Beta 3 comes with systemd 195
  • Mageia 3 Beta 3 still comes with GRUB as a default. But you can test GRUB2.integration is now available in installer and drakxtools.
  • OverlayFS is now available and used to build live CDs
  • Perl has been upgraded to 5.16.2 and all perl packages have been rebuilt and/or updated
  • Ruby has been upgraded to 1.9.3, and most of the packages have been rebuilt.
  • Journalctl is now used as default. You can still install rsyslog if you want logs in tty12 or syslog/user/access/messages log.
  • KDE 4.10 is now available in beta 3.
  • Upstream configuration
  • Starting KDE SC 4.7 we're providing an additional package name, vanilla, in order for an end user to simply use upstream configuration for desktop and :applications. You simply need to install the vanilla-kde4-config package via rpmdrake or via urpmi like this:
  • urpmi vanilla-kde4-config
  • Qt 4.8.4
  • Qt 5
  • QtCreator 2.6.1
  • GNOME 3.6.3

New in version 3 Beta 2 (January 26th, 2013)

  • Tokenring is no longer supported.
  • The installer can now write a debug file to a USB key formatted as NTFS instead of FAT (mga#5685).
  • Resizing NTFS works again (it was broken by the switch from ntfsprogs to ntfs-3g)
  • The installer has been updated to include the latest kernel/rpm/perl/pango/x11-server.
  • An "unselect all" button has been added when one chooses to pick package groups, allowing a faster minimal installation.
  • Proprietary drivers and/or non-free firmware can now be installed during installation. The user is be asked whether to keep non-free packages during installation via a simple checkbox. Moving the mouse above the media shows a description of what each contains.
  • Grub2 can now be installed at the summary step. This is only initial integration. Also, please keep in mind that for now grub2 should only be installed in MBR; do not forget to change this in the grub2 configuration tool on the next screen.
  • RPM has been upgraded to 4.11 beta.
  • Urpmi has been refactored and cleaned. Various bugs have been fixed:
  • urpmi used to download noarch packages twice when using --download-all option on 64-bit machines because they are in both 32 and 64-bit repositories (mga#4867)
  • urpmf and urpmq now work as user with the --use-distrib option (mga#1225)
  • gurpmi:
  • gurpmi will upgrade glib, gtk & perl-{Glib,Gtk2} bindings as priority upgrades prior to restart (mga#5066)
  • gurpmi now wraps some huge debug messages add uses a scrollbar in such cases (mga#5118)
  • The --repackage option has been removed (it had not worked since rpm-4.6 was introduced in 2009). Repository metadata can now be compressed with XZ instead of gzip.
  • Urpmi will now warn:
  • when a medium has no signing key;
  • about unsigned packages from media without signing keys;
  • when signature checking is disabled per medium.
  • The "download-all" option is supported in urpmi.cfg as opposed to being available only from the command line.
  • Rpmdrake wasn't properly highlighting latest changes in package changelogs when they used Epoch. Updates were sometimes wrongly deselected when clicking on "New dependencies". The --merge-all-rpmnew option is slightly faster.
  • kernel:
  • Mageia 3 Beta 2 ships with kernel 3.8
  • systemd:
  • Mageia 3 Beta 2 comes with systemd 195
  • GRUB:
  • Mageia 3 Beta 2 still comes with GRUB as a default. But you can test GRUB2.
  • Initial integration is now available in installer and drakxtools.
  • File systems:
  • OverlayFS is now available and used to build live CDs
  • Perl:
  • Perl has been upgraded to 5.16.2 and all perl packages have been rebuilt and/or updated
  • Ruby:
  • Ruby has been upgraded to 1.9.3, and most of the packages have been rebuilt.
  • KDE:
  • KDE 4.9.97 (rc2 of kde 4.10) is now available in beta 2.
  • Qt 4.8.4
  • Qt 5
  • QtCreator 2.6.1
  • GNOME:
  • GNOME environment is also provided. Currently 3.6.2, 3.6.
  • LXDE
  • RazorQt:
  • Beta 2 comes with RazorQt v. 0.5.1: "Razor-qt is an advanced, easy-to-use, and fast desktop environment based on Qt technologies. It has been tailored for users who value simplicity, speed, and an intuitive interface. Unlike most desktop environments, Razor-qt also works fine with weak machines".

New in version 3 Beta 1 (December 20th, 2012)

  • kernel:
  • Mageia 3 Beta 1 ships with kernel 3.7
  • systemd:
  • Mageia 3 Beta 1 comes with systemd 195
  • GRUB:
  • Mageia 3 Beta 1 still comes with GRUB as a default. But you can test GRUB2.
  • Initial integration is now available in installer and drakxtools.
  • File systems:
  • OverlayFS is now available and used to build live CDs
  • Perl:
  • Perl has been upgraded from 5.14.x to 5.16.1 and all perl packages have been rebuilt and/or updated
  • Ruby:
  • Ruby has been upgraded to 1.9.3, and most of the packages have been rebuilt.

New in version 3 Alpha 3 (November 15th, 2012)

  • Linux kernel 3.6.5
  • systemd 195
  • Perl 5.16.1
  • Ruby 1.9.3
  • KDE 4.9.2
  • Qt 4.8.3
  • GNOME 3.6.1.
  • Libreoffice 3.6

New in version 3 Alpha 1 (September 7th, 2012)

  • Base system:
  • Mageia 3 alpha1 ships with kernel 3.5.3.
  • Mageia 3 alpha1 ships with glibc 2.16
  • Others:
  • /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.
  • Graphical environments:
  • KDE:
  • Mageia 3 Alpha 1 provides KDE Release 4.9.0 with the new instant messaging for kde telepathy-kde 0.5.0.
  • Additionnaly you'll be able to find Amarok 2.6.0 , the social media player Tomahawk player 0.5.5 but also digikam 2.9.0. Calligra (the Office applications for KDE) is provided in the current last release version 2.5.1.
  • All of this is based on the last stable Qt version 4.8.2 and since some people love to test software we're also providing Qt5 Beta1.
  • GNOME:
  • Mageia 3 alpha1 is shipped with GNOME 3.5.91, a development version. It uses:
  • gstreamer 1.0 beta/alpha version,
  • ibus version is still being worked upon. Only git versions of ibus are available so it was not updated. Some options in keyboard setting bit are missing compared to gnome 3.4
  • This is a development release as Mageia 3 final release will provide GNOME 3.6

New in version 2 Alpha 1 (November 26th, 2011)

  • Installation:
  • Work is in progress to decrease size of minimal install
  • Base system:
  • kernel:
  • The current version is 3.1.2 and comes with...
  • backported ASPM patch to improve battery life.
  • Improved graphics for the Intel hardware.
  • systemd:
  • systemd integration is in progress and still not finalized. So you may get some side effects. Have a look on meta bug to check reported bugs: https://bugs.mageia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2120
  • speedboot is now disabled as it was doing pretty much the same as systemd for boot speed
  • Others:
  • glibc: update has been done before release and we use now 2.14.1
  • Graphical environments:
  • KDE:
  • Alpha 1 is providing 4.7.3 version
  • Gnome:
  • Alpha 1 is coming with Gnome 3.3.2
  • LXDE:
  • An updated LXDE desktop can be used installing the task-lxde meta package.
  • Artwork and design:
  • New artwork is not yet integrated in this early stage of Mageia 2. But Mageia has switched from Ia_Ora to Oxygen theme for KDE and oxygen-gtk for GNOME. It will still keep consistancy between gtk and Qt applications.
  • Still we have some issues pending that will be fixed in coming weeks, especially using gnome-shell.
  • Games:
  • Lots of new games avalaible, and are easy to install just selecting the task-games meta package.

New in version 1 RC (May 18th, 2011)

  • This release is mainly about bug fixes and translation updates.

New in version 1 Beta 2 (April 27th, 2011)

  • Lots of bug fixes and software updates! Kernel 2.6.38.4, LibreOffice 3.3.2.2, KDE 4.6.2, Firefox 4.0, Chromium browser 12.0.742.0 and many more.