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Mageia 2 Inches Along with Another Alpha
by Susan Linton - Jan. 13, 2012Comments (3)
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Anne Nicolas announced the release of Mageia 2 Alpha 3 today. With plans of using the latest of major software packages, the alpha ships with some of the latest packages available. The release plans include KDE 4.8, GNOME 3.4, Linux 3.3, MariaDB 5.5, and systemd.Right on time, Alpha 3 of Mageia 2 was released today. In a blog post to the Mageia Blog, Anne Nicolas announced the release as she urged users to test and report bugs. Unfortunately, it seems the live CD images are delayed a couple of days due to the Dracut migration. Dracut is a replacement for mkinitrd that will allow more flexibility when switching root partitions. Full DVD torrents and network install images are available, but no dual ISO will be coming at all this time.I already spilled the beans about some of the other new goodies to come. One of which is systemd. According to the release notes, Mageia is "following the standardisation effort going on in other distributions." For the cautious, "The option of keeping the current init system will be offered for people who prefer to wait a little and switch with a next release." MySQL will be removed from Mageia 2 and will be replaced by MariaDB 5.5. Developers have included a pre-release in the alpha, but are hoping to include a stable version in the final. Three version of postgresql will also be supported. Interestingly, it appears Drupal 7.10 is also included. A new (to me) music player is mentioned. Cantata 0.1.2 is listed as shipped in the alpha. It is described as, "(yet another!) client for the music player daemon (MPD). Originally started as a fork of QtMPC, the code is now *very* different. To be true to QtMPCs origins, Cantata can be compiled with KDE support, or as a pure Qt4 application." Geez, I guess developers need to check the project page cause version 0.2.0 is out.A lot of cool games are listed as well. Under First Person Shooters they've include: * ioQuake3 1.36 game engine * Quake III Arena demo (using ioquake3 engine) * Smokin' Guns 1.0 (using ioquake3 engine) * World of Padman 1.5 (using ioquake3 engine) * Urban Terror 4.1.1 (using ioquake3 engine) Well, it all sure sounds real nice. Wish I could have tested a live CD of it. Beta 1 is due February 21, so I'll get some screenshots then. Beta 2 is planned for March 15 and a release candidate is due April 10. The Final Release is scheduled for May 3.
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by an anonymous user on Jan. 14, 2012As a very happy Mageia 1 user, I am delighted that the Mageia team is taking their time on Mageia 2. As a long time Mandriva user (since Linux Mandrake 6.0) I love cutting edge features. But I value stability much more and Mageia has a degree of stability and predictability that Mandriva never achieved. And I really want to see that continue at all costs. So I am not chomping at the bit any more for new releases. I just want most of all to see them get it right.
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by an anonymous user on Jan. 14, 2012agreed, I have been a mandrake/driva user since festen 5.3 and i love Mageia!
mandriva with quick updates and patches, it`s a win, win!
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by madpuppy on Jan. 14, 2012I am also a very happy Mageia user, I have been using Mandrake/driva since 5.3 festen and am very happy to see that all the people that made Mandrake/riva great created Mageia after they were unceremoniously "laid off" from Mandriva to create a better Mandriva than Mandriva!
Without corporate interference, Mageia gets version updates of software that you would have to either wait till the next version of Mandriva or install the software manually. don't need to use a third party repository like PLF to get all the codecs and restricted stuff that you need to run a complete system.
And on top of all that the community is where it belongs, right at the center.
no bean counter getting the way of what the users want.
I look forward to the next 15 years with Mageia like I enjoyed that last with Mandrake.
The only thing left would be if Gael Duvall became a contributer. then things would come full circle. :P
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