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.
LibreOffice doesn't start on a few machines
There is a problem with LibreOffice startup observed on one machine so far. This seems to be caused by a problem in the Radeon Vega graphics driver.
The only known workaround is to disable OpenGL acceleration in LibreOffice.
Due to the small number of machines affected, we've opted not to make disabled acceleration the default setting.
To make an affected machine work, run
libreoffice --safe-mode and select "Disable Hardware Acceleration (OpenGL, OpenCL)".
After this, LibreOffice should work normally.
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.
The drivers from nvidia web site are not supported. These can't be supported for a number of reasons.
When these drivers do become available in later releases user will need to install and configure these from command line.
Why doesn't urpmi work?
Major changes for OM Lx 4 include switching from rpm5/URPMI to rpm.org/DNF for package management. This will require users to get used to new commands if they use command line, DNF. Also there are How To articles in our Forum in the Resources category such as this.
Where did OMCC/drakconf Control Center tool go?
OMCC/drakconf and drakxtools will be replaced with newer, more up to date, software. The first step in this process is dnfdragora available for user testing.
dnfdragora is a replacement for rpmdrake. More software will be added to upcoming releases.
Calamares installer error: /boot/efi esp flag is not set
There is an issue for some multi-boot users using "Manual Partitioning" on UEFI systems with existing partitions. Specifically an existing /boot/efi partition where Calamares sees the /boot/efi partition as incorrectly flagged. So far it appears that this issue affects only a handful of users. It has not been a common problem. Information we have to date suggests this might happen if one has a misaligned /boot/efi or some other similar minor partition error or with very early UEFI computers with something in the computer BIOS. Be assured we are aware of and actively investigating to come to a resolution of this issue.
This is what the Error Message will say if you encounter this:
An EFI system partition is necessary to start OpenMandriva Lx. A partition was configured with mount point /boot/efi but it's esp flag was not set. To set the flag go back and edit the partition. You can continue without setting the flag but your system may fail to start.
However when you go back you will see there is no esp flag to set. So how does the humble Linux multi-boot user correct this?
At this point cancel and close Calamares and open Konsole and do the following:
(Where the X in /dev/sdX is the letter of your chosen drive with /boot/efi partition.)
$ sudo fdisk /dev/sdX
$ p (and notice which is the efi partition)
(select the partition number of the efi partition)
(Then to check to be sure)
(And check to be sure your /boot/efi partition is labeled under Type as EFI System)
Once your /boot/efi partition is correctly labeled as EFI System return to Calamares installer and installation should proceed without error. If not please report on our Support forum.
While our plan was, and still is, to provide LXQt-only and Basic GUI minimal ISO images, in addition to KDE Plasma desktop system, some unforeseen circumstances prevented us from having them ready at public release time.
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