Apr 18 2014

RC1 is released!

Phosphorous burns very hot and very fast and is the perfect name for our latest RC1 release of OpenMandriva Lx.

This release candidate has been optimised for boot speed and you will find our latest kernel release that will ensure that you will be able to interact seamlessly with the new KDE-4.12.4 that has been included.  The new kernel has the very latest scheduler as well as featuring UKSM to which one of our team have been contributing packages. UKSM  is a kernel memory management tool which aims to reduce duplicate data in system memory and as a result increase the kernel responsiveness. Of particular note are some patches that partially correct a misinterpretation of the USB standard. This will improve device compatibility and ensure that device reawake properly after suspend or hibernate.

Introduced into this release is another major improvement, that is,  support for UEFI booting although in it’s infancy we hope that in supporting this functionality we will allow more people to use our desktop system.

We are also pleased to announce the inclusion of the LibreOffice 4.2.3.3 office suite. This release of LibreOffice is much quicker to load that previous releases and is a major improvement over previous versions.

After a great deal of work by one member of the Cooker team  Java enthusiasts among you will be happy to find the very latest Java stack and in particular the most up to date version of the Eclipse development environment (Kepler).

Our workshop team have been busy too and they have included a big surprise!!

You may be wondering why this RC candidate has been delayed; well after much internal debate we delayed the release of RC1 so that we could include KDE 4.12.4 so as to bring you the very best quality of release candidate.

Our Cooker and QA  teams have been working literally night and day to root out and eradicate those nasty little black crawly things that seem to infest the dark, little used places of a distribution. We have tried to visit them all and sweep them clean but should you find any who have escaped our gaze we hope that you will report them to us quickly so we may fix them before final release.

There is not enough space here to cover all the updates and improvements that have been made but we hope you will greatly enjoy a voyage of discovery as you explore our desktop.

Presenting this RC1 we also thank all of the testers and bughunters, who work with us in one team, and without whom it would not have been possible to do the job!

Download locations are:

32 bit

http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/openmandriva/rc/OpenMandriva.2014.0-RC1-kde4.i586.iso

64bit:

http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/openmandriva/rc/OpenMandriva.2014.0-RC1-kde4.x86_64.iso

Note: the checksums are displayed in the SourceForge page (click on the info button “i”, apparent if the scripts are allowed in your browser).

Please submit bugs as usual to https://issues.openmandriva.org/

For more information please follow 2014.0 release notes .

Just to guide you to all our new features here’s a list of what to look for:-

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

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Phosphor brennt heiss und sehr schnell und ist der perfekte Name für unseren neuesten RC1 von OpenMandriva Lx.

Dieser Release Candidate wurde für Bootgeschwindigkeit optimiert und ihr werdet unseren neuesten Kernel finden, der sicher stellt, dass alles reibungslos mit dem neuen beigelegten KDE-4.12.4 funktioniert. Der neue Kernel hat den allerneusten Scheduler und bietet UKSM, zu dem unser Team Pakete beigetragen hat. UKSM ist ein Kernelspeicherverwaltungs-Werkzeug welches darauf abzielt, doppelte Daten im Systemspeicher zu reduzieren und als Ergebnis die Rückmeldegeschwindigkeit des Kernels erhöht. Von besonderen Interesse gibt es einige Patches, die teilweise eine Fehlinterpretation des USB-Standards korrigieren. Dies wird die Gerätekompatiblität erhöhen und sicher stellen, dass Geräte anständig nach suspend oder hibernate wieder aufwachen.

Weiterhin in dieser Veröffentlichung ist eine große Verbesserung, Unterstützung für UEFI-Booten. Trotz des Kindesalters hoffen wir, dass diese Funktionalität mehr Leuten es ermöglicht, unser Desktopsystem zu nutzen.

Wir freuen uns ebenfalls, LibreOffice 4.2.3.3 beilegen zu können. Diese Veröffentlichung von LibreOffice lädt viel schenelle und ist eine große Verbesserung gegenüber vorherigen Versionen.

Nach einer großen Arbeit eines Mitglieds des Cookerteams, werden sich Javanethusiasten freuen, den neuesten Javastack und insbesondere die aktuellste Eclipse (Kepler) zu finden.

Unser Workshopteam war ebenfalls an der Arbeit und sie haben eine große Überraschung beigefügt!

Ihr werdet euch fragen warum dieser RC so lange verschoben wurde: Nun nach langer interner Debatte verzögerten wird um KDE 4.12.4 liefern zu können und die beste RC-Qualität zu bringen.

Unsere Cooker und QA-Teams haben buchstäblich Tag und Nacht gearbeitet, um die kleinen, ekligen, schwarzen Dinge zu löschen, die die dunklen, wenig genutzten Plätze einer Distribution infizieren. Wir haben versucht, diese alle zu sichten und zu bereinigen aber solltet ihr etwas finden, was nicht erkannt wurde, hoffen wir, dass ihr es schnell vor der entgültigen Veröffentlichung meldet.

Es gibt nicht genug Raum um alle Updates und Verbesserungen zu listen, die gemacht wurden aber wir hoffen Ihr genießt die Erkundungsfahrt bei der Erforschung unseres Desktops.

Mit der Veröffentlichung des RC1 danken wir allen Testern und Bugjägern, die mit uns in einem Team arbeiten und ohne die der Job nicht möglich wäre!

Downloadorte sind:

32 bit

http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/openmandriva/rc/OpenMandriva.2014.0-RC1-kde4.i586.iso

64bit:

http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/openmandriva/rc/OpenMandriva.2014.0-RC1-kde4.x86_64.iso

Note: the checksums are displayed in the SourceForge page (click on the info button “i”, apparent if the scripts are allowed in you browser).

Please submit bugs as usual to https://issues.openmandriva.org/

For more information please follow 2014.0 release notes .

Just to guide you to all our new features here’s a list of what to look for:-

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

.O fósforo queima rápido e é muito quente. Phosphorous é o nome perfeito para o RC1 do OpenMandriva LX 2014!

Essa versão foi otimizada para uma inicialização rápida e você também encontrará a mais recente versão estável do Kernel para assegurar uma interação perfeita com os recursos do KDE 4.12.4 incluído no RC1. O Kernel traz consigo os escalonadores de processo e I/O mais recentes e o recurso UKSM. O recurso UKSM é uma ferramenta de gerenciamento de memória que reduz dados do sistema duplicados na memória melhorando a responsividade do Kernel. Algumas correções foram lançadas sobre o padrão USB. Isso melhorará a compatibilidade de dispositivos USB e permitirá o correto retorno do sistema após suspender ou hibernar.

Junto com as correções do Kernel, atualizamos o servidor X para a versão 1.15.1 e o Mesa para o 10.1.0, propiciando melhor desempenho nos drivers abertos.

Outro grande recurso introduzido nessa versão é o suporte ao boot por UEFI. Com esse recurso, mais pessoas poderão testar nossa distribuição sem ter problemas com o modo UEFI.

Nós também estamos contentes em anunciar a inclusão do LibreOffice 4.2.3.3, uma das mais completas suítes de ferramentas office. Essa versão é muito mais rápida e possui diversos melhoramentos de interface e recursos.

E após muito trabalho da equipe Cooker, nós temos o prazer de anunciar que foi incluído  uma das últimas versões disponíveis da stack Java com a última versão do Eclipse (Kepler).

Após muitas discussões e trabalhos, nós resolvemos adiar o lançamento da RC1 para conseguir trazer uma distribuição bem estável com o KDE 4.12.4.

A equipe de QA e a equipe do Cooker trabalharam exaustivamente, dia e noite (literalmente), para eliminar as almas penadas dos cantos obscuros e pouco conhecidos da distribuição, para fornecer a melhor experiência. Tentamos aniquilar todos os seres gosmentos e todos os aerolitos fora do controle, mas se você se deparar com algum deles, por favor nos avise o quanto antes para que possamos melhorar ainda mais a distribuição na versão final.

Por fim, gostaríamos de agradecer a todas as pessoas que ajudaram nos testes e as que nos enviaram sugestões, bugs para melhorar ainda mais esta versão. Sem essas pessoas, teria sido muito difícil atingir o patamar de qualidade que hoje nos encontramos.  Agradecemos fortemente o apoio de toda a comunidade!

Ah, e claro, para fazer o download da RC1:

32 bits:
http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/openmandriva/rc/OpenMandriva.2014.0-RC1-kde4.i586.iso

64 bits:
http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/openmandriva/rc/OpenMandriva.2014.0-RC1-kde4.x86_64.iso

Notas:
– O checksum está dentro da página da SourceForge
– Para enviar bugs e sugestões, acesse: https://issues.openmandriva.org/
– Para visualizar o changelog: https://wiki.openmandriva.org/en/2014.0/Release_Notes

 

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    • anonymous on April 19, 2014 at 4:53 am

    it wolud be great to see md5sum or shasum included in this announcement

    1. Updated 🙂

    • MIARONYAINA on April 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Hi, is it enough stable? or do I need to wait for the final release? And there is no dvd iso (repository?) as I don’t have permanent internet access.

    1. Hi,
      this is an RC and though it seems to work well on most of computers, according to the reports of the users in the forums, you may wait till the final release which is scheduled for the 1st of May.
      You can find here a list of repositories.

    • Wonder Full on April 28, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I have been a loyal user of mandrake/mandriva since long ago and still have mandriva 2011.0 running on a few of my machines. Is it possible to upgrade mandriva to openmandriva without a fresh install? That would be great. Thanks.

    • Ruben on April 30, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Is it easy to upgrade to final release from RC when the final coms out??? or is it just to use uppdete manager

  1. Should be able to just update straight to the final version.

    • Vic on July 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Hi in the past I have used ‘MandrakeLinux’ standard edition 8 plus rightup to Mandriva Powerpack 2009. Sadly things started to fall apart with Mandriva. I have tried some of the later distributions but they have fallen by the wayside. However I am now waiting for my new OpenMandriva LX dvd to arrive and I will give it another go. Currently using Lubuntu which I find very good for what I do, Movies of the grandchildren etc. Hope OpenMandriva LX will work just as well. See you all soon. By the way I am just 6 weeks short of my 78th birthday.

      • TPG on July 9, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Great, looking for your response 🙂

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