OpenMandriva Lx Changelog

New in version 2014.1

September 26th, 2014
  • kernel 3.15.10 with new nrjQL patchset
  • KDE 4.13.3
  • Firefox 32.0.3
  • x11-server-1.15.2
  • mesa 10.2.6
  • an updated bash with the latest security fixes
  • many updates for drivers and other software

New in version 2014.0 (May 1st, 2014)

  • Kernel:
  • The kernel has been upgraded to 3.13.11 nrjQL – a powerful variant of the 3.13.11 kernel that has been configured with desktop system performance and responsiveness in mind.
  • To achieve this the CPU and RCU have been configured with full pre­emption and boost mode, and the CK1 and BFQ patchsets have been added to provide further optimisations including better CPU load and disk I/O schedulers, an improved memory manager using UKSM, and TuxOnIce providing suspension and hibernation services.
  • SQUASHFS_MULTI_DECOMPRESSOR within the kernel supports the use of all available CPU’s for faster booting of Live Images.
  • Some very recent USB patches that partially correct a misinterpretation of the USB standard will improve device compatibility and also ensure that devices re-awake properly after suspend or hibernate.
  • NFS has also received some attention with patches that will give faster start up of the NFS services.
  • This is first kernel version where we have enabled two new kernel keys to test the “EDID ovverride” feature, with this we should be able to override an incorrect screen EDID with boot time options, we have included EDIDBINS in the ISOs, a package containing 5 basic firmwares for the most common resolutions so that users may force different resolutions than the ones detected automatically by X.
  • The CONFIG_ACPI_CUSTOM_DSDT key allows loading of a customised acpi table. Details will be found on our Wiki in the kernel pages.
  • Desktop:
  • We've introduced oma-welcome, or Welcome to OpenMandriva Lx. This application introduces users to OpenMandriva Lx and shows them some of the features we have, as well as providing quick links to common tasks such as updating, installing new software, and configuring their desktop.
  • Xorg:
  • We've upgraded Xorg to version 1.15.1, and Mesa to 10.1.1, which brings the latest free drivers for the best performance. A Compose cache is now incorporated which speeds up application startup time and reduces memory usage especially in locales with large Compose tables (e.g. all UTF-8 locales).
  • We recommend that users change the composite manager in KDE from XRender to OpenGL mode. This gives transparency the proper blur effect. This also allows our theme and it's decorations to be shown at their best.
  • KDE 4.12.4:
  • We've upgraded to the latest and greatest version of the KDE desktop. If you don't know what KDE is, learn more at their website.
  • We've switched our default menu launcher to Homerun. To learn more about Homerun, check out its features page.
  • The network management, media centre, and mobile device support has also been updated.
  • LibreOffice 4.2.3:
  • The latest LibreOffice featuring much faster load times and many bug fixes.
  • Firefox 29:
  • The latest firefox with it's new graphical interface and all the latest features.
  • You may wish to suspend desktop effects when Firefox is in full screen mode, as it speeds up scrolling.
  • Java 7:
  • The OpenMandriva Java stack has been entirely rebuilt to version 7 and is completely functional.
  • We currently provide Eclipse Kepler by default.
  • Printing:
  • Improved support for printing, with an emphasis on HP printers.

New in version 2014.0 RC1 (April 22nd, 2014)

  • Installer:
  • Functional UEFI support
  • Easy and intuitive install process
  • Kernel:
  • The kernel has been upgraded to 3.13.10 nrjQL – a powerful variant of the 3.13.10 kernel that has been configured with desktop system performance and responsiveness in mind. To achieve this the CPU and RCU have been configured with full preemption and boost mode, and the CK1 and BFQ patchsets have been added to provide further optimisations (including better CPU load and disk I/O schedulers, an improved memory manager using UKSM, and TuxOnIce providing suspension and hibernation services. SQUASHFS_MULTI_DECOMPRESSOR within the kernel supports the use of all available CPU’s for faster booting of Live Images
  • This is first kernel version we enabled two new kernel keys to test the “EDID ovverride” feature,with this we should be able to override the wrong EDID of screens with options at kernel boot,we have included EDIDBINS into the ISOs, so there are 5 firmwares for the most common resolutions the users may force different resolutions than the ones detected automatically by X
  • Boot process:
  • dracut 037 with special setup for rapid booting
  • systemd 208 version with latest patches from systemd-stable upstream git branch
  • initscripts 9.52 with support for NetworkManager
  • Xorg:
  • Updated x11-server to 1.15.1 version and Mesa to 10.1.0. bringing updated free drivers for best performance
  • Compose cache greatly speeds up application startup time and reduced memory usage especially in locales with large Compose tables (e.g. all UTF-8 locales)
  • Networking:
  • enabled firewalld support as a next-step in managing iptables.
  • support for realmd for easy and out-of-box user authentication in network environment
  • Artwork:
  • New Theme for desktop, Grub2, Plymouth, KSplash and the KDE environment. A new screensaver and user avatars.
  • Java:
  • The java stack has been fully rebuilt, and the work backported to 2014.0.
  • Spotlight is a fully functional eclipse 4.3.1.
  • KDE 4.12.4
  • New menu laucher – Homerun
  • Featuring Plasma-nm applet for easy management of network connections
  • Featuring Plasma-mediacenter: A new easy interface for playing your favourite media.
  • Featuring lastest kio-mtp for MTP support
  • Printing:
  • HPlip software updated to 3.14.3 version
  • CUPS software updated to 1.7.2 version
  • Server:
  • A switch from MySQL to the fully compatible Open Source MariaDB 10.0

New in version 2014.0 Beta (March 25th, 2014)

  • Assorted bug fixes [bero]
  • mariadb updated to 10.0.9 [bero]
  • lots of effort has gone into getting LibreOffice 4.2.3 to work properly, but this will likely be in the rc release only [bero]
  • php packaging cleaned up so the different versions (cgi/fcgi/apache module) are always in sync; updated to 5.5.10 [bero]
  • assorted updates (qupzilla 1.6.1, wine 1.7.14, …) [bero]
  • sagemath updated to 6.1.1 [pcpa]
  • icedtea-web java plugin made functional on firefox [pcpa]
  • 0ad game updated to 0.0.15 [pcpa]
  • megaglest game updated to 3.9.1 [pcpa]
  • initscripts updated to 9.52 [tpg]
  • systemd-208 updated to latest stable patchset from upstream systemd-stable branch [tpg]
  • KDE updated to 4.12.3 [tpg]
  • dracut updated to 036 [tpg]
  • kernel from 3.12.13 to 3.13.6 [nicco]

New in version 2014.0 Alpha 2 (March 1st, 2014)

  • Kernel and hardware support:
  • OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 has been improving with every iteration – we’ve tried to make sure that your system works in a stable yet powerful manner.
  • The kernel has been upgraded to 3.12.13 nrjQL – a powerful variant of the 3.12.13 kernel. The CPU and RCU have been configured with full preemption and boost mode, while we’ve also added the CK1 and BFQ patchsets to provide optimisations (including a better CPU load scheduler, better disk I/O scheduler, a better memory manager via UKSM, and TuxOnIce for better suspension and hibernation), designed with desktop system performance and responsiveness in mind.
  • Added support for SQUASHFS_MULTI_DECOMPRESSOR to allow make use of all CPU while booting from ISO which greatly speed up booting Live CD.
  • ARM:
  • armv7hl (hardfloat) port of OpenMandriva available with RazorQt Desktop Environment. Port is ready for wandboard and qemu. With some skill it’s easy to run on any popular hardware like pogoplug, arndale, i.mx6, etc.
  • aarch64 (ARM64) image available in basesystem-minimal package, include: rpm5, coreutils, busybox, vim, ruby, perl, python, openssl, krb5 and lot’s of others.Ability to produce ARM64 rpms added to Automated Build Farm, and now finished two mass rebuilds of aarch64 platform.
  • Port to armv6 (Raspberry Pi) postponed to solve technical issues.
  • Boot process:
  • Latest stable systemd 208 with all kind of “safe” updates from upstream and our specific patches makes boot faster than ever as based on experience of 4 years of supporting systemd.
  • A stable and working out-of-box dracut 036 version with our specific patches to support uvesafb and graphics driver blacklisting for dual graphics cards(nVIDIA Optimus) laptops.
  • X.org:
  • Updated x11-server to 1.15.0 version and and Mesa to 10.0.2. to provide best graphics experience with free drivers.
  • Networking:
  • Support for realmd for easy and out-of-box user authentication in network environment
  • We feature firewalld as a feature-rich replacement for drakfirewall and shorewall
  • Fresh artwork:
  • We know you are hungry for it! – 2014 theme for desktop, Grub2, Plymouth, KSplash and KDE environment, new screensaver and user avatars.
  • Java:
  • The java stack has been remade in cooker to be 100% compatible with Fedora 20, and the work backported to 2014.0.
  • Spotlight is a fully functional eclipse 4.3.1.
  • KDE:
  • We’ve included the latest release of KDE 4.12.2 with our distribution, bringing with it the latest KDE stable, secure, and reliable KDE release:
  • We use Homerun as a new launcher and brand new OpenMandriva panel for best look and feel.
  • There are also some changes:
  • We feature plasma-mediacenter!
  • KMail is our default email client, which has improved greatly since our last release.
  • VLC is our default video player.
  • Multimedia:
  • We support IOS7 with latest ifuse and libimobiledevice also whole set of devices based on MTP protocol thanks to KDE’s kio-mtp application.
  • Office:
  • Updated to LibreOffice 4.1.3 version
  • Web Browser:
  • Firefox has been updated to version 27, with bugfixes and new features.
  • Drakx tools:
  • A refreshed drakxtools with many bugfixes with important fix to ldetect and XFdrake to finally support graphic cards recognition.
  • Installer:
  • Currently we are still working on EFI support.
  • End user orientation:
  • Added Join and Donate desktop activators to ease our users to help community.
  • Server:
  • We finally finished a switch from MySQL to MariaDB keeping best packaging practices based on our policy and experience.

New in version 2014.0 Alpha 1 (February 1st, 2014)

  • Kernel and hardware support:
  • Kernel 3.1.[3-5] with special nrjQL flavour
  • Added support for SQUASHFS_MULTI_DECOMPRESSOR to allow make use of all CPU while booting from ISO
  • ARM:
  • armv7hl + RazorQt
  • Boot process:
  • Systemd 208 with all kind of “safe” updates from upstream
  • A stable and working out-of-box dracut version close to 035 release
  • Update initscripts to 9.50 to improve compatibility with systemd
  • X.org:
  • Updated x11-server to 1.15.x and x.org stack stable version
  • Updated Mesa to 10.x. to provide best graphics experience with free drivers
  • Networking:
  • Support for realmd for easy and out-of-box user authentication in network environment
  • Support for firewall and resign from using shorewall and drakfirewall
  • Fresh artwork:
  • We know you are hungry for it! – will come with Beta! (for grub2, plymouth and KDE environment)
  • Java:
  • Recreated java stack based on Fedora’s as this will improve overall java applications health condition
  • KDE:
  • Brand new KDE 4.12.1
  • Featured more stock KDE apps rather that others
  • Special feature interest for plasma-mediacenter
  • Multimedia:
  • Support for ios7 with latest ifuse and libimobiledevice
  • libdvdcss available in restricted repository
  • Support MTP protocol through lastest kio-mtp
  • Gimp 2.8.10 version
  • Office:
  • Ship scribus 1.5 version
  • Updated to LibreOffice 4.2
  • Printing:
  • Updated hplip to 3.13.13
  • Updated cups to 1.7.1 stable release
  • Updated s-c-p to bugfixing release.
  • Drakx tools:
  • Fixed Xfdrake’s recognition function for graphics
  • Re-fresh drakx stack with many bug fixes
  • Installer:
  • Reliable working UEFI support
  • Installation of boot manager allowed on root partition
  • End user orientation:
  • “HOWTO” explaining how submit bugs and provide useable information
  • Add on KDE desktop activators to OMV site, google services (maps, translate etc.)
  • To the release notes added a list of major features that are not yet provided (eg for 2013: UEFI, installation of grub2 on root partition, …)
  • Server:
  • Switch from MySQL to MariaDB
  • Added Galera support
  • Better SOGo integration

New in version 2013.0 (November 22nd, 2013)

  • New theme and artwork
  • KDE 4.11.2
  • Mozilla Firefox 25.0.1
  • LibreOffice 4.1.3
  • Performance Improvements

New in version 2013.0 RC2 (November 16th, 2013)

  • Kernel 3.11.6
  • KDE 4.11
  • Firefox 25.0
  • LibreOffice 4.1.3
  • It’s been mostly bugfixing and polishing at this stage. Nothing much different from RC1. You’ll notice, though, that we’ve only got one launcher for RC2, KickOff. If you want SimpleWelcome, you can install rosa-launcher, if you want Homerun, you can install homerun and if you want Lancelot, you can install plasma-applet-lancelot.
  • In RC2 we completed the artwork integration. It includes fixing of the plymouth theme, updated GRUB, ksplash, user avatars, and got a brand new screensaver.
  • Additionally, following the results of the wallpaper contest, “The Flavour of Freedom”, we’ve included the winners of the contest into 2013.0, which you will be able to find if you want to change your wallpaper!

New in version 2013.0 RC1 (November 9th, 2013)

  • RC1 brings many bugfixes since our beta release. The kernel version has been updated to 3.11.6, with several new patches focused on performance (such as BFS, BFQ, and UKSM). We’ve also provided up-to-date and stable user-space libraries and drivers with high hardware compatibility.
  • RC1 uses KDE 4.11.2 as our desktop for this release, and still provides four launchers (Kickoff, SimpleWelcome, Lancelot, and Homerun) so that users can evaluate the best launcher for their needs and tell us which one they’d like to see as default, which will be chosen in time for RC2.
  • RC1 also includes the OpenMandriva Management Control Centre – a useful and intuitive tool to manage your system. You can use it to manage software, configure your video card, add or remove users from the system, and more!
  • We’ve fixed over 75 bugs since our beta release – help us add to the count by filing bugs whenever you see one!