Mageia 5 Alpha 1 Is Now Available For Download, The Stable Version Being Scheduled For December 2014

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Mageia (along with OpenMandriva) is the most important Mandriva/Mandrake fork. It uses systemd as the default init event manager and GRUB1, despite the fact that the modern systems have switched all to GRUB2.

While last month brought the release of Mageia 4.1, Mageia 5 Alpha 1 has been made available for free download yesterday, the stable version being scheduled for release in December.

Mageia 5 Alpha 1 Is Now Available For Download, The Stable Version Being Scheduled For December 2014

For now, we know that the first alpha version of Mageia 5 is available in the KDE (KDE 4.13.2) and GNOME (3.13.3) flavors, using systemd 208 and running on Kernel 3.15. Also worth mentioning, the developers plan to make use the Btrfs file system as default on the stable version, upgrade to Samba 4, make Phonon VLC as the default media player, bring enhancements to the KDE display manager and updated the applications to their latest stable versions.

Also, Homerun Kicker may be made the default Application Launcher for KDE, on the system’s stable version, while Mageia 5 KDE may also receive a new TopMenu.

If you want to keep an eye on the Mageia 5 development, these are the release dates:

  • Mageia 5 Alpha 2 – 04.08.2014
  • Mageia 5 Beta 1 – 30.09.2014
  • Mageia 5 Beta 2 – 31.10.2014
  • Mageia 5 RC – 21.11.2014
  • Mageia 5 Internal Release – 12.12.2014
  • Mageia 5 Stable – 19.12.2014

Download link:

If you are using Mageia 4 or Mageia 4.1, you cannot upgrade to Mageia 5 Alpha via the command-line, but you can install the newest software, which is available of Mageia 5, via the Cauldron Repository.

How to add the Cauldron Repository on 32 bit Mageia 4 and Mageia 4.1 systems:

$ sudo urpmi.addmedia --distrib --mirrorlist 'http://mirrors.mageia.org/api/mageia.cauldron.i586.list'
$ sudo urpmi --auto-update --auto

How to add the Cauldron Repository on 64 bit Mageia 4 and Mageia 4.1 systems:

$ sudo urpmi.addmedia --distrib --mirrorlist 'http://mirrors.mageia.org/api/mageia.cauldron.x86_64.list'
$ sudo urpmi --auto-update --auto

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