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.