Apr 24 2015

Mixing the Ingredients Together – Announcing OpenMandriva Lx 3 Alpha

The OpenMandriva Community has been working hard, and after a long period of development and fixes, we’re happy to announce the alpha release of OpenMandriva Lx 3 (Einsteinium)! If you’re eager to jump in and try some of the new features from this release, you can download OpenMandriva Lx 3 Alpha at the following links: [important] We currently offer OpenMandriva Lx 3 Alpha in the following formats:

As this is a pre-release version, download links are only via SourceForge and torrent. [/important] And if you want to see all the nitty-gritty aspects of this release so far, check out the release notes on our wiki.

Hold up! This is an ALPHA release!

This means that while this release contains all the new and exciting improvements that we’ve had since 2014.1, it may have some glitches. We’re trying our best to fix them, but it’s not enough just for our QA team to test. Make sure you have a backup of your data, and do not install this in a production environment! We need your help to test all the little quirks which happen with different hardware! Please download and test the release, and report any bugs you see to our development team so that we can get started on fixing them. Together, we can make OpenMandriva Lx a great project. OMLx3-Alpha.04

So what’s changed since 2014.1?

We’ve had a huge amount of improvements since our last release. Our development team has been working extremely hard at bringing you the best that the Linux world has to offer. Some of the changes we’ve made include:

  • 3: We’ve moved to a sequential number scheme instead of our year scheme. Our packages will still show 2015.0, however.
  • Initial UEFI Support: For newer computers, this provides a better boot process for your computer. As this support is new, and tampers with your boot process, we strongly advise you to check the release notes before proceeding.
  • Calamares: A new installer to better help you install OpenMandriva Lx.
  • The LXQt desktop environment: A lightweight desktop environment that helps you be productive, with low hardware requirements for those low-end computers.
  • sddm: A better, more visually appealing login screen to welcome you into using OpenMandriva Lx.
  • Common desktop software, like LibreOffice, Calligra, Krita, Firefox, and Chromium.
  • Lots of other components have been updated — including postfix 3.0 if you’re interested in the server side.
  • smplayer: A new default multimedia player with mpv as its backend – providing support for numerous extra codecs.
  • VLC: A new version supporting the new Qt5 frontend.
  • wine has been updated and now includes the wine-staging patchset – among other things, this adds a native Direct3D 9 implementation that makes some Windows games run a lot faster.
  • Gamers will be happy to find updated versions of wesnoth, 0ad, warzone2100 and many other popular games. The Steam client is also available to install with our software manager.
  • Printing and scanning support has been updated with cups 2.0.2 and updated foomatic drivers and database


But most of these changes have been under the hood, making your system work even better.

If you’re a developer, some of these changes will make you take notice:

  • LLVM/clang is now the default compiler. We’ve rebuilt all our software to use clang, and we provide workarounds for software that still require gcc.
  • Kernel has been updated to 3.18.11 of our own special nrjQL flavour.
  • Python 3 is now the default Python interpreter. If you need Python 2, you need to explicitly use python2 instead of python.
  • bsdtar and bsdcpio are now the default tar and cpio. You may need to adjust your tar or cpio commands (or use gtar/gcpio).
  • Perl has been updated to 5.20.1.
  • systemd has been updated to 219, which brings many new features like:
    • systemd-networkd, which detects and activates network devices to get a basic internet connection out of the box
    • systemd-timedated and systemd-timesyncd, which automatically sets the current date and time of your system, and fully replaces ntpd and chrony
    • systemd-resolved, which manages network name resolution, and fully replaces resolvconf
  • Sound subsystem now uses ALSA 1.0.29 and PulseAudio 6.0
  • Graphics subsystem now uses Xorg server 1.17.1 and Mesa3D 10.5.3


But where’s KDE?

It’s coming up in our next release soon as Plasma 5 is ready! Stay tuned for the Plasma 5 Alpha!

But there are some issues!

We know! We’re finding issues also, and that’s helping us make a more solid release. Thanks! You can see the list of issues we’ve found so far at our Errata. Did we miss something? Help us by reporting the issue at our Bugzilla so that we know about it!

What’s coming up?

A lot! We have Plasma 5 coming soon, which replaces KDE 4. Additionally, many of our other alternative desktop environments are being updated, like GNOME and xfce4. Wayland support is in heavy development, as well as other alternative desktops like Hawaii and Papyros. Don’t forget all the bugfixes for issues in this release! You’re probably wondering when we’ll have concrete dates for our upcoming development releases. They’ll be announced as we evaluate the progress of our work on this release. So stay tuned! OMLx3-Alpha.17

Thanks to…

Everyone on the team who helped with this alpha release, especially…

Alexander Burmashev, Alexander Khryukin, Alexey Vokhmin, Alisson Oliveira, Andrey Bondrov, Anurag Bhandari, Ben Bullard, Bernhard Rosenkränzer, Blackcrack, Caig, Charles H-Schulz, Chris Tanner, Colin Close, Crispin Boylan, Cristina (rugyada), David Walser, Denis Silakov, Derrick Devine, Guilherme Moro, Hamp3, Jean-Claude Vanier, Jeffrey Johnson, Jochen Schönfelder, John Cave, Johnny A. Solbu, Joao Azevedo Patrício, Julia, Kate Lebedeff, Kamil Rytarowski, Krzysztof Zalewski, Matthew Dawkins, Marco Benatto, Nicolo Costanza, Paulo César Pereira de Andrade, Panah Biru, Per Oyvind Karlsen, Raphaël Jadot, Raul Liota da Rosa, Robert Xu, Subperceptual, SymbianFlo, Tomasz Paweł Gajc, Wayne Sallee

And our testers, including:

Ben Bullard, Chris Tanner, Colin Close, Davide Garatti, Francisco Panis Kaseker, Karol, Giorgio, Gus Be, Robert Xu, Rolf Pedersen, Luca Pedrielli, Joel Tesson, viking60, Efrem McCrimon

Along with the many unnamed and unknown beta testers and bug reporters that helped make sure it all worked right.

And you, the community! This release wouldn’t be possible without the support of our community.

Is there a way I can join the community discussion and/or help?

Of course! Please don’t be shy — we welcome everyone’s participation! You can find our contributors and users in a myriad of places, like:

Stop in and say hi!

That’s all for now! Go grab the release!


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