Mageia 3 previews

Shortly after its final release, some news about the third version of Mageia come to light.

This is a contribution from the beloved Juan Carlos Ortiz, thus becoming one of the winners of our weekly competition: «Share what you know about Linux«. Congratulations Juan!

In an attempt to offer bigger (and better) tests, a couple of changes to the development map had been announced a few months ago, including one more beta and the postponement of some dates. Currently, beta 2 is being tested by volunteer developers and community testers to resolve potential bugs.

We mention some of the packages and news of this version and the possible changes for the final version:

  • Linux kernel 3.8
  • Grub by default (Grub 2 will be included as default and Grub and LILO as optional).
  • RPM 4.11 beta.
  • Perl 5.16.2
  • Ruby 1.9.3
  • Packets will be compressed as XZ instead of LZMA
  • More than 10.500 packages were rebuilt.
  • KDE 4.9.97 (4.10 for RC); GNOME 3.6.2; LXDE; XFCE 4.10; Razor QT 0.5.1
  • Steam available in the repositories.
  • Libre Office 3.6 (version 4 in the RC)
  • New artwork will be available in the final version.
  • Elimination of proprietary wireless chipset drivers (Broadcom), to replace them with Open Source drivers.

In what so far is a very pleasant test version (with its obvious flaws), we can see a preview of a third version that does not promise very important changes since the last version, but a much more stable and friendly operating system, not counting the massive package update that is taking place in the community repositories.

The final version of Mageia 3 will be available on May 5 of this year, after the last two betas to be released on March 5 and 28, and the RC on April 19.


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  1.   Gaius baltar said

    What Mageia does is not incorporate proprietary drivers, which does not prevent you from installing them yourself. 😉

  2.   Francisco Martinez said

    But Broadcom Wi-Fi cards don't work, and that takes market out of Mageia and other Linux distributions. The only distribution that does is Ubuntu and that is why it has more market, then it must be remembered that now the internet is mostly accessed via Wi-Fi.

  3.   Gaius baltar said

    Let's see: as in Windows, there are wifi cards that do not work BY DEFAULT. If a wifi works in Ubuntu, it should work in other distros.

    For example, if the firmware is PRISM54, you arrive by copying this firmware into the / lib / firmware folder of Debian and derived distros. (Surely in other distros it is the same).

  4.   Arrakix. said

    And how is the UEFI going? on my new machine I have only been able to install Cinnarch, Ubuntu and Fedora, being impossible to easily install Debian, Centos, etc….

  5.   gus malav said

    Using the beta and waiting for the RC to make it the main OS