Following several delays during the development cycle, the Mageia project has announced the release of Mageia 6. The new version includes the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, the DNF package manager is now available alongside urpmi and Mageia 6 includes live test media for the Xfce desktop environment: “The extra time that has gone into this release has allowed for many exciting additions, here are a few of the major additions and key features of Mageia 6: KDE Plasma 5 replaces the previous KDE SC 4 desktop environment. The new package manager DNF is provided as an alternative to urpmi, enabling a great packaging ecosystem: Support for AppStream and thus GNOME Software and Plasma Discover; support for Fedora COPR and openSUSE Build Service to provide third-party packages for Mageia 6 and later; dnfdragora, a new GUI tool for package management inspired from rpmdrake. Brand new icon theme for all Mageia tools, notably the Mageia Control Center. Successful integration of the ARM port (ARMv5 and ARMv7) in the build system, allowing to setup ARM chroots. Installation images are not available yet but will come in the future. GRUB2 as the default bootloader. New Xfce Live images to test Mageia with a lighter weight environment.“
Dump Mageia ISO on a USB flash drive
dd if=mageia-livecd-1-KDE4-europe1-americas-cdrom-i586.iso of=/dev/sd(x) bs=1M
Mageia 6 ships with kernel 4.9, which is a “long-term maintenance” release, with a currently-projected end-of-life (EOL) in January, 2019.
Happy GNU/Linux 😀
After the team’s decision does not want to support the x86 32 bit architecture for OpenSUSE Leap, many users today are at the mercy of the waves. The least painful solution concerns the unstable branch of the distribution. Ladies and gentlemen, you have the possibility to use OpenSUSE tumbleweed even on computers that have the x86 32-bit processors.
As a starting base, Tumbleweed is not suitable for professional use, being a rolling release. With some passage we could choose the most coherent way to have a stability similar to leap, transforming the system into a rolling half-release. So to realize the transformation, I am happy to introduce you two really interesting steps to be able to configure the system in a more stable way.
Launching from the terminal under root the command:
# zypper al ´kernel-version´
You will have the possibility to block the specific package you want, in our example a specific version of the kernel, then instead of version we will write the correct version of the kernel. From this moment on, any future updates will not change the current version of your kernel. Obviously never forgetting that using tumbleweed we would always have a system that requires so many upgrades. If we choose to block the kernel, we can proceed with the recommended package updates for packages already installed in the system by launching from the terminal under root the command:
# zypper inr
In this way we will always be able to update the system with an effective method, keeping the system lean, clean and very stable like a rock solid.
If not, we will not have to launch the two commands previously illustrated but it will be enough to launch the command under root:
# zypper dup
And we will perform the classic upgrade of the distribution, will update all the packages of the system, including the kernel, and in this way we the full potentials of the rolling release.
Happy GNU/Linux 😀
Clement Lefebvre has announced the availability of a new release of Linux Mint. The new version, Linux Mint 18.2, is the latest update in the 18.x series and is built upon a base of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The new release will be supported until 2021 and is available in four editions (Cinnamon, KDE, MATE and Xfce). Linux Mint 18.2 features improvements to the X-Apps cross-desktop applications with improved short-cuts coming to the Xplayer video player and line sorting coming to the Xed text editor. The login screen is now powered by LightDM running the Slick greeter and includes support for HiDPI. The update manager has been tweaked to help users find their ideal balance between security updates and system stability: “The Update Manager received many improvements. It still has the same mission and tackles the same issues as before (keeping your computer safe, providing bug fixes and protecting you from regressions) but it presents things slightly differently. Policies and level definitions were refined to better filter updates depending on their level of impact on the operating system and without worrying about their origin. Most updates are now level 2. Application updates which do not impact the OS are level 1. Toolkits and desktop environments or libraries which affect multiple applications are level 3. Kernels and sensitive system updates are level 4. Level 5 is extremely rare and not used by default. This level is dedicated to flagging dangerous or broken updates.“
Release Notes to:
The SHA256 sums to check the integrity of the ISO images:
Linux Mint 18.2 with Linux kernel 4.8 and an Ubuntu 16.04 package base.
Linux Mint 18.2 will receive security updates until 2021.
Until 2018, future versions of Linux Mint will use the same package base as Linux Mint 18, making it trivial for people to upgrade.
Until 2018, the development team won’t start working on a new base and will be fully focused on this one.
Happy GNU/Linux 😀