May 05 2014

We are OpenMandriva, ask us anything about our newest release


OpenMadriva Lx 2014.0 “Phosphorus” is out and we would like to invite you to test it, review it, and ask us anything (the rule of reason is applied) about it in the terrific: WAOAUAAONR (We are OpenMandriva, ask us anything about our newest release).

We will try to answer all the questions in a week (until Monday, 12th of May), after which we will produce a Q&A document that will be published on our media

If we couldn’t answer something we will, for sure, burn in hell – fuelled with phosphorus…

You can post your question in our reddit or in comments to this post… if you prefer you can mail me to – use with care 🙂

Thanks and we wish you a happy new OpenMandriva!


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    • Ross McLeod on May 6, 2014 at 1:55 am

    I have a Canon Pixma MX885 wireless printer/scanner. When I try to add it the setup obviously finds it and correctly identifies the right Canon software – MX880 series – and claims to install it.

    But from there I can’t print and the message is the printer doesn’t seem to be connected ?

    Anyway to solve this issue ? What could be blocking it ?

    I have no trouble in other distros I have tried but I really like your new one – but I need a resolution to this issue before I suggest your distro to a local community centre as they also have a couple of Canon printers connected wirelessly.

    Thanks for any suggestions you may offer


      • Chwido on May 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Unfortunately nobody on our team has that exact same printer, so debugging this is hard, especially without any log files etc.
      We would like to see a bug report at to track this further.

      In the mean time, I’ve seen an issue with an Ethernet connected hp OfficeJet 8200 Pro that might be related – in this case it turned out the DNSSD name resolution isn’t working as expected, and the workaround was to add the printer’s IP address with the DNSSD name it was assigned (should be visible in the logs) to /etc/hosts.
      A non-workaround fix for this is being worked on (and as mentioned before may or may not fix the MX885).

      Grrrrrr! Grrrrr!

  1. Would it be possible to reinsert QGIS in the repository, please?

      • Chwido on May 9, 2014 at 8:46 am

      Yes, it disappeared temporarily only because it failed the mass rebuild and we didn’t have the time to fix it (before the release, we needed to focus on the things that live in the main repository rather than contrib).
      We’re currently working on fixing packages in contrib that still matter, such as QGIS.

      bark! bark!

    • joeyman9 on May 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I am into my third day using this system. Here’s my experience:

    1. First off, it’s a delight to be using Mandriva again. Also I just love the Configure your computer.
    2. Would prefer a standard kde desktop compared to the open mandriva panel.
    3. The screen is just too bright and the “dimmer” function does not work on my machine (lenovo x220 tablet with ips panel). BUT….I downloaded cairo and it’s dimmer function works well, except….

    4. I cannot dim the browser. It is far too bright and hurts my eyes. Can you fix this?

    Here is the dmseg info:

    We had to remove the very long dmesg output, please provide such output as attachment to bugzilla with omv-bug-report (link to

      • Chwido on May 9, 2014 at 8:47 am

      1 and 2

      We’re unlikely to change back to the standard panel while we’re on KDE 4.x, but there will be a new discussion on our KDE setup as we move to KDE 5. Some of those discussions happen in the forums, some on mailing lists, and some on IRC. You’re welcome to join us and make your opinion heard.

      3 and 4

      Please file a bug report at — this is another instance of something that happens only on hardware none of the developers currently have access to, so it is hard to impossible to come up with a quick fix. We’d like to make sure this is at least tracked though.

      Au! Au! Au!

    • an00bi on May 6, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    LXDE provides a very fast and lightweight desktop environment and is really useful for installing Mandriva on older machines (requiring less resources than KDE4). Will it be officially supported in future? Are there any plans for other DE than KDE such as GNOME, Mate. XFCE etc?

      • Chwido on May 9, 2014 at 8:53 am

      LXQt (the Qt based successor of LXDE) 0.7.0 is running well in Cooker and is actually shown on one of our demo boxes at LinuxTag.
      Support for KDE 5.x is on its way as well.
      One of our developers is working on Mate.
      There will be iso files with alternative desktops in the future, but whether or not they will be officially supported is not decided yet.
      This is mostly a question of manpower, both in development and QA.
      Most of our developers strongly prefer Qt over GTK, so KDE and LXQt are the most likely candidates for getting official support.

      (check it out

      arf! arf! arf!

        • anonymous on May 13, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        it would be great if some extra repo for lxqt 0.7 is created for OMV 2014.

    • anonymous on May 7, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    your thoughts on app-stream support any plans to include in future releases?

      • Chwido on May 9, 2014 at 8:42 am

      We have not discussed this yet and I doubt anyone has looked at it so far.
      The idea behind it seems to be a good one, but without having looked at their approach of solving it, on how much work supporting it would be, and at whether or not we’d have to make compromises in our codebase to be more like someone else vs. to do the right thing, it would be premature to say whether or not we’re going to support it.

      bark! bark!

    • QUIROGA on May 8, 2014 at 6:12 am

    In the official note of release of OpenMandriva lx 2014.0, there is no mention of thanks to Mandriva S.A

    From the site and official Blog of Mandriva S.A, nor is there mention of the release of OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0

    Which is the reason why Mandriva S.A is so distant from the OpenMandriva project?

    I’m going to ask this same question on the official Blog of Mandriva S.A

      • Chwido on May 9, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Our relations with Mandriva S.A. are not bad, but they have for the most
      part moved to doing work that is unrelated to our work.
      Conectiva (former Mandriva Conectiva Brasil) is basing on us their products, and this may also happen with relevant products of Mandriva SA.
      We, as a community, like to foster good relations with all the people on the “Mandrake” universe, and Mandriva SA is not out of it.

      arf! arf!

        • quiroga on May 12, 2014 at 2:35 pm


    • Alberto on May 8, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Hi João,

    Why did you choose a kernel EOL for the final release ?


      • Chwido on May 9, 2014 at 8:44 am

      At the time of the hard feature freeze, 3.13.x releases of the kernel were the most current releases.
      When 3.14 was released, there wasn’t sufficient time to rebase all our patches and still get proper QA on it – so we decided to stay with 3.13 for the time being.
      We don’t believe in artificially limiting the speed and hardware support by using an older (LTS) kernel without a good reason.
      The primary reason for conservative enterprise server distributions to go with LTS kernels is that they don’t want to introduce any new non-bugfix code in updates.
      Being more desktop centric, we can move faster and we don’t have a problem with releasing an update to 3.14, 3.15 or 3.16 (and in fact doing that is a good thing because any such update will also add support for the latest and greatest USB gadget a user may just have found in the electronics store — unlike ultra high-end servers, desktop hardware is a relatively fast moving target) — the one advantage of LTS releases (patch backports) isn’t much of an advantage if you can just release an update to a newer release.

      ruff! ruff!

    • Andrei on May 8, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Hy there ! I have a problem whit my server .i have instaled mandriva linux on 64-bit and when i want to open a port she is not execute the command from root .for example i want to open port 22 but after i write the command nathing is happend .what is the problem ?who can help mee ? thanks

      • Chwido on May 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

      We are using now firewalld as our main defense tool. Your have to use
      firewall-config on CLI or firewall-applet in KDE systemtray to configure
      your firewall.

      arf! arf! arf!

    • Jeff on May 8, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    One question XBMC. If you need further informatin please let me know and I will be happy to provide it. Thank you.

      • Chwido on May 12, 2014 at 9:31 am

      If we need information on XBMC, We ask you. Thanks!

      ruff! ruff! ruff!

    • Petros on May 13, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Dear friends, are we going to see any updates of kde desktop before the next stable release of OpenMandriva, like Rosa is doing for example?
    Thank you!

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