Jan 31 2014

2014 Alpha – Carneval time!


Hello guys and gals!

Freezing? :) We have some warm news for you!

Exactly according to our release plan we offer you today OpenMandriva Lx 2014 Alpha!

Fresh and fun, it is ready for bughunting and reports.






You can download it here:

– x86_64

– i586


What is in, what to discover?

Kernel and hardware support

Kernel 3.12.8 with special nrjQL flavour
Added support for SQUASHFS_MULTI_DECOMPRESSOR to allow make use of all CPU while booting from ISO


armv7hl  + RazorQt

Boot process

Systemd 208 with all kind of “safe” updates from upstream
A stable and working out-of-box dracut version (034) close to 035 release
Update initscripts to 9.45 to improve compatibility with systemd


Updated x11-server to 1.15.0 and x.org stack stable version
Updated Mesa to 10.02 to provide best graphics experience with free drivers


Support for realmd for easy and out-of-box user authentication in network environment
Support for firewall and resign from using shorewall and drakfirewall

Fresh artwork

We know you are hungry for it! – will come with Beta! (for grub2, plymouth and KDE environment)


Recreated java stack based on Fedora’s as this will improve overall java applications health condition


Brand new KDE 4.12.1
Featured more stock KDE apps rather that others
Special feature interest for plasma-mediacenter


Support for ios7 with latest ifuse and libimobiledevice
libdvdcss available in restricted repository
Support MTP protocol through lastest kio-mtp
Gimp 2.8.6 version


Ship scribus 1.4.3 version
Updated to LibreOffice 4.1.3


Updated hplip to 3.13.10
Updated cups to 1.7.0 stable release
Updated s-c-p to bugfixing release.

Drakx tools

Fixed Xfdrake’s recognition function for graphics
Re-fresh drakx stack with many bug fixes


Reliable working UEFI support
Installation of boot manager allowed on root partition

In preparation

End user orientation

“HOWTO” explaining how submit bugs and provide useable information
Add on KDE desktop activators to OMV site, google services (maps, translate etc.)
To the release notes added a list of major features that are not yet provided (eg for 2013: UEFI, installation of grub2 on root partition, …)


Switch from MySQL to MariaDB
Added Galera support
Better SOGo integration



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  1. Blackcrack

    what the …. *lol* oh good morning Kate *lol*

    thank you, nice to hear !! Alfa, crewl, mus directly test it :) have a taste now *yummy* :)

    best regards

  2. Adam

    Hello, just have downloaded the x64 version and have stuck on loading playmouth and seems that for a second I saw the “choose keyboard language” window, any sugestions?

    1. Colin

      Try waiting a little longer. I had this problem and I waited a bit and it started up. Once installed everything seems to work ok.

      1. Blacky

        Hi Colin :),

        humm, if be the VBox offiziall an testingsoftware,
        should the actual vbox-guest-utils on it be, because,
        all the users who test it in Vbox also to be an New oM Lx User and
        can not making it not more bigger Screen size,
        because the actual guest-utilitys dont’s recognize
        the xorg and can not installed fully !
        And by the way, installing and if selecting the vbox-drivers for xorg,
        don’t works (if i am not make any mistake :) ).

        best regards

  3. TPG

    @Adam this issue is currently being fixed https://issues.openmandriva.org/show_bug.cgi?id=473

    1. Adam

      Hi, thanks for replies, will try to wait as Colin suggested (but like I said before I think that something is going on behind the scenes/behind the playmouth screen (or theese spinning wheels, or whatever) :) ) or else will wait for it to be fixed and try another release

      Greetings to all :)

  4. ペパ

    32-bit uefi support?

    1. TPG

      Our EFI guys Arisel and Bero are working on this.

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