Apr 06 2016

Beta1 is here!

Hi folks!

with making it better, better and better we decided to make a cut and finally release the Beta1 of OpenMandriva Lx3!
Let’s polish it together 🙂

This BETA1 release is the culmination of over a years effort and offers features that set it at the leading edge of software technology.
The use of the Clang/llvm compiler to generate the majority of the code combined with Link Time Optimisation (LTO) has created and operating system that is fast stable and efficient.
The release features the latest KDE Plasma 5.6 based desktop along with full KF5 framework of apps which are supported by version 1.18.2 of the Xorg server and Mesa 11.2.
KDE Plasma 5 now runs under the Wayland graphical server which offers smooth and fast graphical rendering. This configuration is experimental.
The lightweight LXQt desktop is available when fewer resources are available. For those who wish to use a gtk based desktop xfce4 may also be installed.

Enjoy! and please as always please file bugs at issues.openmandriva.org.

Download x86_64 ISO:

Release notes






Please note, that there are some known bugs. We work on that already:
1.You may/will have difficulty booting to graphical mode any ATI/AMD graphics hardware in trhe X600 series of chips. We think that flgx drivers will work with this hardware but we haven’t tested it yet.
2. Anyone who has a motherboard based Intel graphics system that wants to use the nouveau driver will at best end up with with a software rendered low res screen. They will have use various tricks to get to this point. Again the use of the proprietary drivers may solve the problem. Issue 2 won’t bother those who have decent Intel chips as they can use those.



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  1. bookish

    No UEFI support? are you kidding me!? I just burnt the iso and the installer shows BIOS mode – GPT partitioning! I understand all about the pressure with time to market but guys, get your act together! No UEFI even for a test build is a no-no.

    1. Thomas Mahoney

      Thanks for the comment. I was just about to download it. No UEFI, no,no for me.

      1. Kate Lebedeff

        See the comment by Colin below

      2. Blackcrack

        don’t trust trolls, trust by self..
        try by self and test it out..
        then can you’re self prove it if it’s pretty well or for the trash.

        And Mandrake/Mandriva btw, OpenMandriva it’s sure nothing
        for the trash, common and help, give bug-reports and check the new rpm’s out..
        If you have a Problem, go there : https://issues.openmandriva.org/
        I’m 100% sure that it will be solved then.

        best regards

    2. Kate Lebedeff

      See the comment by Colin below

    3. Ben Bullard

      Did you read the Release Notes? In the Release Notes:

      Installer and EFI Support

      This release of OpenMandriva Lx supports booting and installation with and without UEFI.

      I have 2 computers with GPT/UEFI and am UEFI booting on both.

  2. Colin Close

    UEFI has been available in the distro since the 2014.1 release and is included. Secure boot is not supported.
    On my system the bios boot menu provides two entries for each bootable device one for EFI and the other for BIOS. If your system is similar to mine then perhaps picking the EFI entry will select the correct item. I’m not quite sure how/why you reached that there was no UEFI support. Particularly since booting UEFI images is supported in the isos boot manager.

    1. Sergio Santos

      The distro has no support for UEFI. The new machines (in Brasil, at least) have not option to install it without UEFI; there isn’t the option to disable the secure boot and install it as BIOS. We need UEFI support, OpenMandriva; please.

    2. Thomas Mahoney

      Thanks Colin, after responding to bookish’s post, I went and checked that it is available.

    3. R O

      Atom-based 32-bit UEFI Windows tablets (Acer W3, Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2, Lenovo Miix 10 2, Nextbook 8.9 – last one running vendor-installed Windows 10, vs 8.1 for the other tablets mentioned) are not recognizing the UEFI setup on the ISO image dd’ed to a flash drive – won’t even try to boot, whereas a 64-bit Broadwell Core M Dell Venue Pro 11 (newer model 7140 vs 7139 with i5) did boot up in UEFI mode.

      I worked with you a bit last year, Colin, with an experimental version you cooked up for me to test, and although that got some results, this latest beta is not even getting that much. I can’t really get too much more involved this time around either, but thought you might want to have this “data point” re 32-bit UEFI.

      Really a shame to miss out on all the Atom-based Win tablets out there that would be sweet(er) with Linux of some sort…

  3. Costica Grasu

    Hey, why installing ATI proprietary driver asks me to install a kernel_devel_something????

    I want to install it by keeping your kernel.

    1. rugyada

      Hey, WIP.

    2. Ben Bullard

      First before installing proprietary driver you should upgrade to latest kernel:

      # urpmi kernel-release-desktop-latest

      OR simply update system will take care of that.

      Then when installing proprietary driver XFdrake will add kernel-release-desktop-devel-latest (and a number of other packages). It does not remove existing kernel. The kernel-devel packages are needed to build kernel modules. Hope this answers your question.

  4. Christos

    What version of Gnome is in the repos. I prefer Gnome.

    1. Blackcrack

      2nd but for working well, you mus help too,
      give bugreports to https://issues.openmandriva.org/
      and let your help if anything not well works,
      then it is made working 😉

      best regards

  5. Griz

    Wow I just decided to post since I’m a passerby. Old mandrake user here. Maybe the development package will allow the software installer to compile the ATI driver for you but I’m just guessing

    The release notes clearly say that if you want gtk, that xfce4 is available as an option. Remember mandrake used to be known as red hat with KDE.

    Thanks for keeping Mandrake Connectiva Mandriva alive! I’ve been watching this and the other spinoffs for a while now at a safe distance.

  6. Karol

    Correct installations of double on the ATI Radeon because it is still not possible to install ,because black screen 🙁

    My Configuration : AMD A-8 Dual Graphics Card
    Radeon R5 ,Radeon 8500HD
    Memory : 8GB

    Do something with this, because it can not normally use 🙁

    1. Ben Bullard

      Colin and others are hard at work on this.

  7. Ben Bullard

    This being a Beta1 release bugs are to be expected, reported to our bugzilla, and hopefully squashed.

    Our bugzilla:


    Especially anyone that does not find UEFI boot to be working please report bug to our bugzilla.

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