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2013.0 Beta

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The OpenMandriva Cooker & QA teams are pleased to announce the availability of the 2013.0 beta!

Detailed are some of the changes that the OS has undergone since Mandriva Linux 2011.

This is a beta, not for use in production environments. It has received some testing and is believed to be stable. However there are still some bugs. You have been warned.

You may wish to view the Errata, located near the bottom of this page.

Available Media

The 2013.0 beta is available as a live media DVD, downloadable in ISO format. They are available on our downloads page.

Live media means you're able to run OpenMandriva Lx straight from the DVD and try it before installing it. You may also install the system to hard disk either from the running live cd or from the boot manager.

Recommended Hardware

Please note the recommended hardware requirements have changed; To run the distribution, we recommend 1 GB of memory (min 640MB), at least 10 GB of hard drive space (see below for known issues with partitioning), and for best compositing performance a suitable accelerated 3D graphics card. Releases are available for the i586 and x86_64 architectures.

Booting from USB

It is possible to boot this release from a USB. You may use Fedora's LiveUSB Creator with a download of the OpenMandriva Lx ISO for your system to make your USB bootable. At least 2GB of flash drive capacity is recommended. Persistent storage is not necessary. Note that this will erase everything on your USB! Please note that certain USB media do not appear to work it seems more common with Sd card/reader combinations. If you see and an error message:- Command failed /init: 15: [: Illegal number: It is probable that you have an incompatible memory device please try an alternative or boot from the DVD alternative.

Booting with KVM

Please use the QXL or VMWare video driver to avoid any problems booting OpenMandriva LX with kernel 3.11.5 or higher.

Booting with VirtualBox

Please note that there is an increased memory requirement for successful booting in this VM manager. The virtual machine should be set up with a minumum of 1536mb.

New Features and Major Changes

The introduction of OpenMandriva 2013.0 represents a major update from the previous version of Mandriva. This is the first release under the new name, OpenMandriva Lx, and is also the first release under the community of the OpenMandriva Association. With that in mind, here are some of the new features:

KDE 4.11

KDE 4.11 provides a clean, unified desktop for OpenMandriva. It has all the tools required to be productive whilst providing a pleasant, functional environment.

This beta provides a KDE 4.11 installation with four launchers: Lancelot, the traditional KDE KickOff/KMenu, ROSA's SimpleWelcome, and the Homerun Launcher. We'd like feedback on which should be the default in the 2013.0 final release, so please be sure to voice your thoughts on the OpenMandriva forums at http://forums.openmandriva.org/!

Upgrading to 2013.0

Upgrading between releases of Mandriva always has the potential to cause some problems. Upgrading is supported and we do test upgrades, but due to the huge range of packages and hardware configurations possible, it is always the case that in your particular situation, the upgrade may cause a problem we did not anticipate. Therefore we recommend that you always back up your system prior to upgrading.

Upgrading between OpenMandriva releases should be less problematic in the future.

In particular, upgrading between MDV-based packages and OMV-based packages may cause problems.

Upgrading from 2011.0

We do not currently have an official way to update this from the GUI, as our tool is not ready yet.

With the caveats mentioned above, you can still accomplish this upgrade from the command line. To do this, first ensure your system is entirely up-to-date with the latest updates for your current version of the distribution (using either MandrivaUpdate, Mandriva Online (Mandriva update notification applet) or urpmi --auto-update}}.

Then remove your existing repositories, either using the graphical repository configuration tool or the urpmi.removemedia command. urpmi.removemedia -a will remove all repositories. Then you should add repositories for this release. Run a command like this:

urpmi.addmedia --distrib --mirrorlist 'http://downloads.openmandriva.org/mirrors/openmandriva.2013.0.ARCH.list'

Substitute ARCH with your architecture, e.g. i586 or x86_64.

Then run the following commands, as root:

urpmi --auto --auto-select --replacefiles 2>&1 | tee upgrade.log

You may see an error "unknown option --replacefiles" when you first run this, but don't worry, that's normal: older urpmi versions do not have this option, but our urpmi does, and it will be passed along to our urpmi when the urpmi process is restarted after the package has been updated. This will save the output of the process to the file upgrade.log, in case you need to check it later, or you have any problems. Once the process completes, you should reboot immediately, and you should find the system has been fully updated to this version.

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DrakX Installer

The DrakX Installer is not included in this release. We hope to include it (or a new installer that brings back its features) in later releases.

Changes to Hardware Support

Graphics Support

Graphics support has improved with the latest drivers.

NVIDIA Graphics Cards

Note that older NVidia graphics cards FX series and before are not currently supported by the drakx Xorg configuration tool, this is currently under investigation. Older drivers are available from the OpenMandriva repositories and should be installed directly with urpmi: your mileage may vary. The reverse engineered nouveau driver gives moderately good support for these older cards. The nvidia proprietary drivers are available in the repositories in order to use them nomodeset must be added to the grub command line prior to installation. To do this edit /etc/default/grub and at the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT add the option nomodeset and then run as root update-grub2. The file /etc/modprobe.d/nvidia-graphics-drivers.conf should be created and as a minimum blacklist nouveau blacklist lbm-nouveau alias nvidida nvidia-current Should be added to it. Other blacklist entries may be required.

ATI Graphics Cards

The latest ATI graphics cards are supported; however your mileage may vary. The proprietary fglrx drivers are available. In order to use them it is necessary for "nomodeset" to be added to grub command line. This can be done by editing the file /etc/default/grub file after their installation. Add the following to this file at GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT add the option nomodeset then run as root update-grub2 It may also be necessary to blacklist the native radeon driver to prevent conflicts. This can be done by creating a local file fglrx-graphics-drivers.conf in /etc/modprobe.d/ and making an entry of "blacklist radeon".

Intel Graphics Cards

Intel graphics cards should be supported with the latest kernel we have, including newer 4th generation Intel graphics cards.

Misc.

We have not had any other feedback from users.

Ethernet Support

The kernel upgrade to 3.11.5 has enabled much more support, including new ethernet drivers and improved existing drivers, such as Atheros ethernet chips (alx).

Changes with Installation

Unused Hardware & Language Removal

Previously, when running the installer, you would not be prompted to remove any hardware or languages that the system did not use. However, this did lead to numerous false-positives (and even in some cases, destruction of the installed system). We have disabled the removal step until the problem can be remedied or a choice given to the user (unselected by default).

Changes with the DrakX suite of tools

N/A

Changes to Software Support

Booting with systemd

Switching runlevels has changed. Instead of adding the target runlevel, as before, there are now specific boot options. Namely, the following options must be appended to the kernel command line:

  • Rescue Mode: systemd.unit=rescue.target
  • Text Mode: systemd.unit=multi-user.target
  • Graphical Mode: systemd.unit=graphical.target

Other Changes

Please note that Kernel-3.11.5 is provided. This kernel has a small change to the API which makes it incompatible with versions of VirtualBox prior to 4.3 (The kernel modules will not build). The Open Source version VirtualBox-4.3 is available from the OpenMandriva repositories.

Errata

As this is a beta, there are still issues and bugs that have not been resolved. This page attempts to document the ones that may cause inconvenience.

Update tool tries to add Cooker repositories

The update tool, MandrivaUpdate, will attempt to add repositories that are not for 2013.0; instead, it will try to add Cooker repositories and expose your system to unnecessary updates.

Workaround: Open Install & Remove Software (or rpmdrake), and from the menu, open the Media Manager and click Add. This will add the proper repositories. Then, check periodically for updates. MandrivaUpdate will be usable after this workaround.

Usage of Mandriva in System Tools

There are still usages of Mandriva in the system tools. They are being remedied.

Workaround: Check for updates periodically, and report bugs for any occurrences that you still see.

Partitioning with Small Disks

When using the custom partitioning tool to divide up the hard disk/s be aware that there is a minimum size requirement for the partition that contains the /usr directory of at least 4.0Gb. If the partition is made smaller that this the partition manager will not function correctly.

Workaround: If you receive an error message stating that the partition is smaller than the minimum requirement then do not try to resize it as this will fail; instead, use the auto-allocate function which will automatically create a partitioning scheme for you, which you may then delete or change to suit your own requirements. This will clear the error.

Advanced Partitioner

If you select reiserfs in the advanced partitioner, upon reboot, dracut will fail to mount the partitions due to a lack of a reiserfs module.

Workaround: Sadly, there is none at this current time. This is planned to be addressed in a future update.

Printing with HP USB Printers

There was a known communication error between OpenMandriva Lx and HP printers connected via USB. Anything sent to print would fail as a "device communication error".

Workaround: Update your system to the latest packages, which has been confirmed to fix this problem.

vboxadditions

Due to a recent API change, 4.2.x series of vboxadditions will not work. Instead, use 4.3.x series which is known to work with this release Bug small.png Bug #204

Contact, Bug Reporting, Discussion

You are invited to discuss this release on our forums (forums.openmandriva.org). Support is also available in the development channels via email (http://ml.openmandriva.org/listinfo.cgi). We are also on IRC.

Please report bugs to our bugtracker (issues.openmandriva.org). Please give as much information as you can in your report.

Helping the Project

As always, the OpenMandriva development teams (Cooker & QA) are always looking for contributors to assist in bugfixing, and so we invite you to join us and help tackle issues that might arise!

Also, the OpenMandriva Workshop, which contains Artwork, Documentation, and Communication teams, is always open to new submissions for artwork and translations!

See our wiki (wiki.openmandriva.org) for more details, and to learn how to join!.