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Warn01.png These Release Notes are a work in progress and can and will change as we develop OpenMandriva Lx 4


WARNING

This is a Beta product, and it is not aimed to be used in a production environment. It is released for testing and bug hunting. It may have problems. If you download and test this product, please report your findings and problems in the forum and in our issue tracking system. Thank you very much.


OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Beta

The OpenMandriva Lx teams are pleased to announce the availability of OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Beta. OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 is a new release. In order to keep current with latest changes in Linux, computer security issues, and computer code writing there are major changes in OM Lx4.

Detailed below are some of the advances that the distribution has incorporated since OpenMandriva Lx 3.03.


Install

Available Media

Warn01.pngThis section is a work in progress and changes can and will be made as develpment of OM Lx 4 proceeds.

This release is available as a live media DVD, downloadable in ISO format. These are available on our downloads page.

Live media means you are able to run OpenMandriva Lx straight from a DVD or memory stick (see below) and try it before installing it. You may also install the system to hard disk either from the running live image or from the boot manager.

For the Beta release, only the KDE Plasma edition is available:

1. KDE Plasma desktop only full featured (Includes applications that will do most things for most users including multimedia and office software.)

As we get closer to the final release, we're also planning to release Basic and text-only versions (Plans subject to change):

2. Basic GUI with minimal desktop and only basic system packages with Falkon browser.
[...4.0/Beta/Release Notes...]

(Talk:4.0/Beta/Release Notes)

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OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Beta Errata - Known Issues

OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 is a new release. In order to keep current with latest changes in Linux, computer security issues, and computer code writing there are major changes in OM Lx4.

As with any release, there are still issues and bugs that may not have been resolved. This page documents known issues that may cause inconvenience and where possible details how they may be worked around.

It is recommended that you read the latest release notes on our wiki.

WARNING

This is a Beta product, and it is not aimed to be used in a production environment. It is released for testing and bug hunting. It may have problems. If you download and test this product, please report your findings and problems in the forum and in our issue tracking system. Thank you very much.

For Beta release there is no support for proprietary graphic drivers

In future releases when proprietary graphic driver packages are available user will need to install these from command line.

NVIDIA Graphics Cards

This release includes the reverse engineered nouveau driver, which gives moderately good support for most NVIDIA cards. For some dual-screen work it is actually better than NVIDIA binary driver as it supports screen rotation on a second monitor, which is useful for monitors with rotatable screens. [...4.0/Beta/Errata...]

(Talk:4.0/Beta/Errata)

4.0/Errata

Rugyada, 08:32, 1 February 2019

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OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Errata - Known Issues

As with any release, there are still issues and bugs that may not have been resolved. This page documents those that may cause inconvenience and where possible details how they may be worked around.

It is recommended that you read the latest Beta release notes on our wiki.

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Helping the Project

The OpenMandriva development teams (Cooker & QA) are always looking for new contributors to assist in creating and maintaining packages and to assist bugfixing and testing. You are welcome to join us and help us in this work which is not only rewarding but also tremendous fun!

If you feel that your talents do not lie in the realm of software, then the OpenMandriva Workshop group, which is made up from the artwork, documentation, translation and Communication teams, is always open for the submissions of artwork and translations. New contributors who would like to help with these wide-ranging tasks should see the wiki for more details, and to learn how to join! Alternatively you may use our Forum.

It also costs time and money to keep our servers up and running. If you can, please donate to keep the lights on!

(Talk:4.0/Errata)

4.0/New - /* Applications */

Rugyada, 08:26, 1 February 2019

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Warn02.png This page is a work in progress and can and will change as we develop OpenMandriva Lx 4

It is recommended that you read the latest release notes on our wiki.

What's New in OpenMandriva Lx 4.0?

OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 is a new release after 3.03 from the OpenMandriva Association. Codename Nitrogen.

Main features:

KDE:

Display subsystem:

Core:

Installer:

Applications

  • LibreOffice 6.2
  • Falkon 3.0.1
  • Firefox 65.0
  • Chromium 71.0
  • Krita 4.1.7
  • Calligra Suite 3.1.0
  • Digikam 6.0
  • SMPlayer 19.1.0
  • VLC 3.0.6

(Talk:4.0/New)

4.0/Beta

Rugyada, 09:47, 31 January 2019

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OpenMandriva 4.0 Beta version

This is the Beta version of next OpenMandriva Lx 4.0.

It is recommended that you read the latest release notes on our wiki.

You can download it following this link.

WARNING

This is a Beta product, and it is not aimed to be used in a production environment. It is released for testing and bug hunting. It may have problems. If you download and test this product, please report your findings and problems in the forum and in our issue tracking system. Thank you very much.

Release Notes and Errata

  • OpenMandriva 4.0 Beta Errata

(Talk:4.0/Beta)

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OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Alpha Errata - Known Issues

OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 is a new release. In order to keep current with latest changes in Linux, computer security issues, and computer code writing there are major changes in OM Lx4.

As with any release, there are still issues and bugs that may not have been resolved. This page documents known issues that may cause inconvenience and where possible details how they may be worked around.

It is recommended that you read the latest release notes on our wiki.

WARNING

This is an alpha product, and it is not aimed to be used in a production environment. It is released for testing and bug hunting. It can, and probably will, have problems. If you download and test this product, please report your findings and problems in the forum and in our issue tracking system. Thank you very much.

Boot to live mode or to installed system is very slow in VirtualBox or real hardware

At Alpha stage, currently ISO might boot to a black screen in VirtualBox, or in real hardware depending on your hardware, looking like a not working system. Actually it is just taking a very long time before sddm is displayed.

For the time being, workaround is to switch to a virtual terminal for 1 or 2 seconds and back, in VirtualBox (Alt+F2, Alt+F1). If you encounter this on hardware the trick is the same.

Printing

It is normal for not everything about printing to be working in an Alpha release. We can expect most if not all of this to be fixed by RC release. However, testing and reporting helps developers to know what to fix. Also testing and reporting is the only way to discover problems with specific hardware. So everyone please do test this.

As of 2018-12-23 for printing utilities to work user will need to update their system after installing. To update system open Konsole and run:

sudo dnf --refresh upgrade [...4.0/Alpha/Errata...]

(Talk:4.0/Alpha/Errata)

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Warn01.png These Release Notes are a work in progress and can and will change as we develop OpenMandriva Lx 4


WARNING

This is an alpha product, and it is not aimed to be used in a production environment. It is released for testing and bug hunting. It can, and probably will, have problems. If you download and test this product, please report your findings and problems in the forum and in our issue tracking system. Thank you very much.


OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Alpha

The OpenMandriva Lx teams are pleased to announce the availability of OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Alpha. OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 is a new release. In order to keep current with latest changes in Linux, computer security issues, and computer code writing there are major changes in OM Lx4.

Detailed below are some of the advances that the distribution has incorporated since OpenMandriva Lx 3.03.

Install

Available Media

Warn01.pngThis section is a work in progress and changes can and will be made as develpment of OM Lx 4 proceeds.

This release is available as a live media DVD, downloadable in ISO format. These are available on our downloads page.

Live media means you are able to run OpenMandriva Lx straight from a DVD or memory stick (see below) and try it before installing it. You may also install the system to hard disk either from the running live image or from the boot manager.

For the first alpha release, only the KDE Plasma edition is available:

1. KDE Plasma desktop only full featured (Includes applications that will do most things for most users including multimedia and office software.)

As we get closer to the final release, we're also planning to release Basic and text-only versions (Plans subject to change): [...4.0/Alpha/Release Notes...]

(Talk:4.0/Alpha/Release Notes)

L10n

Cmoifp, 19:54, 31 December 2018

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General

One of Mandrake Linux's particular strong points was that it had strong support for many different languages and users from all over the world contributed to this classic distribution which became world famous and offered a good start in Linux for newcomers as well as a positive experience for veterans.

Localization of l10n is the translation process of text strings of a foreign language into one's native tongue. Translators should not be doing it the other way around and some actually refuse to take the kind of work of translating into a tongue which is not their native language.

The issue of having l10n came into being at the first strategic meeting of OpenMandriva in Prague. OpenMandriva contributor User:Tapwag introduced the audience to these issues and it was common consensus among contributors to have these issues taken into consideration and approached.

The web-based l10n platform called transifex.com was finally chosen to hold our language files and headcount wise l10n has grown into a strong team over the course of time.

If you are interested in submitting strings to the OpenMandriva Lx distribution our transifex.com OpenMandrivaAssociation group is the place to go to. The strings for the distribution can be found in OpenMandriva Lx respective repository as well.

L10n is also part of OpenProject from where OpenMandriva projects are coordinated. It also has its own L10n OpenMandriva OpenProject group.

With our transifex.com presence we also offer the possibility of suggesting languages we should support and that you can contribute to.

Further translation platforms in case migration away might become necessary

(Talk:L10n)

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THE RELEASE PROCESS


ISO Install

Installation

The distribution should boot from the DVD ISO The distribution should boot from a basic memory stick created using

        dd if=”openmandriva iso” of=”dev/sd*” bs=4M

The graphical and text installs should function as specified.

The install process must work in different languages i.e. no missing translations. Alternative keyboard layouts must work.

Graphical Install

The graphical install should occur at the most suitable resolution and colour resolution available from the system a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768 should be supported.

Administration and Artwork

The name of the release should be the current one. The licence agreement should display and be correct in it’s wording. (sign off docs reqd) The release notes should be current for the release in question and should be labelled as such. (sign off docs reqd) All artwork must be that approved for the current release. (sign off docs reqd)

General Properties

No installation action requiring user intervention should appear off-screen for the resolution chosen (OK buttons; APPLY buttons, etc). Where possible the user should be able to return to the previous step in the installation process. Where this is not possible the user should be warned that there is no reversion or possibility of revision from the next step (i.e. partition formatting).

Boot Manager

The boot manager must work for other OS installs The boot manager must properly update should an alternative kernel be installed.

Hardware

The release must install on designated hardware platforms.

Network

Both wired and wireless configuration should be achievable with minimal user interaction

==== Repositories ==== [...OpenMandriva Release QA...]

(Talk:OpenMandriva Release QA)

4.0 - /* Overview */ + imgs

Rugyada, 14:39, 19 December 2018

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Overview

OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 is a new release after 3.03 from the OpenMandriva Association. Codename Nitrogen.



What's New?

For a more in-depth look at what is changed, see 4.0/New.

Notes

See 4.0/Release Notes.

Errata

See 4.0/Errata.

(Talk:4.0)

4.0/Alpha

Ben79, 17:03, 2 December 2018

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OpenMandriva 4.0 Alpha version

This is the Alpha version of next OpenMandriva Lx 4.0.

It is recommended that you read the latest release notes on our wiki.

You can download it following this link.

WARNING

This is an alpha product, and it is not aimed to be used in a production environment. It is released for testing and bug hunting. It can, and probably will, have problems. If you download and test this product, please report your findings and problems in the forum and in our issue tracking system. Thank you very much.

Release Notes and Errata

  • OpenMandriva 4.0 Alpha Errata

(Talk:4.0/Alpha)

3.03/Errata

Ben79, 18:57, 4 November 2018

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OpenMandriva Lx 3.03 Errata - Known Issues

As with any release, there are still issues and bugs that may not have been resolved. This page documents those that may cause inconvenience and where possible details how they may be worked around.

It is recommended that you read the latest release notes on our wiki.

Authentication

We now use pam for authentication, but there are now fewer inconsistencies. Most programs requiring authentication will authenticate with the primary user password (the primary user is the first user created during install), other users will require the root password. Programs started from the command line by the primary user will still require the root password.

Booting Live DVD/USB

If you have a problem booting the live image with some hardware please report a bug detailing your hardware and any observations that you make if you are affected by this problem.

Partitioning: General Information

We recommend the the use of the KDE Partition Manager this is similar to that used in Calamares during the install.

Please note that due to the adoption of systemd the use of a separate /usr partition is no longer possible. It is still permissible to have a separate /usr/local partition which can be mounted on /usr/local.

If you wish to use diskdrake the custom partitioning tool to divide up a hard disk/s be aware that there is a minimum size requirement a root partition that contains the /usr directory of at least 5.0Gb, otherwise 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. Please 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.

== Replace a Partition does not work == [...3.03/Errata...]

(Talk:3.03/Errata)

3.03/Release Notes

Ben79, 18:57, 4 November 2018

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It is recommended that you read the latest release notes on our wiki.

OpenMandriva Lx 3.03

The OpenMandriva Lx teams are pleased to announce the availability of OpenMandriva Lx 3.03!

Detailed below are some of the advances that the distribution has incorporated since OpenMandriva Lx 3.02.

Install

Available Media

This release is available as a live media DVD, downloadable in ISO format. These are available on our downloads page.

Live media means you are able to run OpenMandriva Lx straight from a DVD or memory stick (see below) and try it before installing it. You may also install the system to hard disk either from the running live image or from the boot manager.

Recommended Hardware

OpenMandriva Lx 3.03 requires at least 2.0 GB of memory (min 1.5 GB), at least 10 GB of hard drive space (see below for known issues with partitioning).

If you wish to run the live distribution (the option to Start OpenMandriva Lx at the DVD boot screen), you must have at minimum 1.5 GB of memory. At least 2 GB of memory is recommended for optimal performance.

Release is available for x86_64 architecture, the i586 and ARM architectures are being worked on, but are not yet available for this release.

Important Note: Font Rendering Currently font rendering is poor in some applications (om-welcome, firefox, Thunderbird and Chromium-Browser) Please see Errata for a workaround. Updated applications are or will be available from our repos.

Important Note: Graphics Hardware

The KDE Plasma Desktop requires a 3D graphics card that supports OpenGL 2.0 or above.

== Internet Connection == [...3.03/Release Notes...]

(Talk:3.03/Release Notes)

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Warn01.png Please read the current Alpha release notes


It is recommended that you read the latest release notes on our wiki.


OpenMandriva Lx 4.0

The OpenMandriva Lx teams are pleased to announce the availability of OpenMandriva Lx 4.0!

Detailed below are some of the advances that the distribution has incorporated since OpenMandriva Lx 3.03.


Install

Available Media

This section is a work in progress and changes can and will be made as develpment of OM Lx 4 proceeds.

This release is available as a live media DVD, downloadable in ISO format. These are available on our downloads page.

Live media means you are able to run OpenMandriva Lx straight from a DVD or memory stick (see below) and try it before installing it. You may also install the system to hard disk either from the running live image or from the boot manager.

Available ISO files are:

1. KDE Plasma desktop only full featured (Includes applications that will do most things for most users including multimedia and office software.)

2. LXQt desktop only somewhat full featured (Includes many applications but lighter on memory and disk space usage.)

3. Basic GUI with Lumina desktop and only basic system packages with Falkon browser. (The concept is for user to then install only packages they wish to use after installing basic system.) (Also for users with less robust hardware.)

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Helping the Project

The OpenMandriva development teams (Cooker & QA) are always looking for new contributors to assist in creating and maintaining packages and to assist bugfixing and testing. You are welcome to join us and help us in this work which is not only rewarding but also tremendous fun! [...4.0/Release Notes...]

(Talk:4.0/Release Notes)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Freely extracted and adapted.


Stages of development and Final release

Preview and Early Pre-Alpha

The early preview ISOs (one or more) are meant for internal development benefit only, QA and power-users. They may not work at all or may need some special switches to even boot. They are not intended in any way as public releases, nor suitable for any kind of review.

Pre-alpha

Pre-alpha refers to all activities performed during the software project before testing. In typical open source development, there are several types of pre-alpha versions. Milestone versions include specific sets of functions and are released as soon as the functionality is complete.

Alpha

The alpha phase of the release life cycle is the first phase to begin software testing (alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, used as the number 1)

Alpha software can be unstable and could cause crashes or data loss. Alpha software may not contain all of the features that are planned for the final version. The alpha phase usually ends with a feature freeze, indicating that no more features will be added to the software. At this time, the software is said to be feature complete.

Beta

Beta, named after the second letter of the Greek alphabet, is the software development phase following alpha. Beta phase generally begins when the software is feature complete but likely to contain a number of known or unknown bugs.

Some developers refer to this stage as a preview, preview release, prototype, technical preview / technology preview (TP), or early access. The testers report any bugs that they find, and sometimes suggest additional features they think should be available in the final version.

=== Release candidate === [...Software release life cycle...]

(Talk:Software release life cycle)

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Getting Started with QA

We're glad that you're interested in QA! We've compiled this document to help you get started in helping us test OpenMandriva Lx.

Remember, you will need to use the command line to test more often than not. Make sure you have an Issues.OpenMandriva.org account, and are subscribed to github.com/OpenMandrivaSoftware.

Setting up your OpenMandriva Lx system

Because you'll probably be working with untested (with our OS at least) software, we strongly urge you to use a dedicated or virtual machine for testing. Or not - if you have good backups and are willing to test (and possibly wreck havoc on) your daily routine with these pre-release versions, you are more than welcome to (and in fact, we encourage the latter, because it makes sure that we have real-life use cases for these things).

Pre-release software comes through the testing repositories. We only support a testing repository for main, because contrib, non-free, and restricted are maintainer dependent and out of our control. There are testing repos for contrib, non-free, and restricted. If you choose to test those generally you'll be working directly with the package developer/maintainer.

You can add the repositories as follows:


Substitute $ARCH with your architecture.

Package Testing with Kahinah

Now that your system is set up, it's time to vote for the packages. Do they work? Are there really bad issues?

We use a system called Kahinah, which uses voting to determine which packages to push to the stable repository or not.

First, login to Kahinah. This uses your Github login.

You can see what packages are waiting to be tested in "Recent Builds". Give it a thumbs up or thumbs down, and let us know why.

Testing new Alpha/Beta/RC ISOs

This is discussed here: https://wiki.openmandriva.org/en/OpenMandriva_Release_QA [...QA/Getting Started...]

(Talk:QA/Getting Started)