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It is recommended that you read the latest release notes 3/Release_Notes on our wiki.

What's New in OpenMandriva Lx 3?

This is a new OpenMandriva Lx release from the OpenMandriva Association.

Codename for this release is Einsteinium.

Over the course of the past year we've tried to evolve the way you use your desktop with us. Here are some of the things we've done for 3:

Theme and artwork

OpenMandriva Lx ships with our traditional Elementary theme, signifying its ease of use. We also have our OpenMandriva 2014.1 artwork.

KDE 4.14.3

We've included the latest release of KDE 4.13.3 with our distribution, bringing with it the latest KDE stable, secure, and reliable KDE release:

We've also included Homerun Kicker as our default launcher.

There are also some changes:

  • KMail is our default email client, which has improved greatly since our last release.
  • VLC is our default video player.
  • plasma-nm which is a great replacement for old networking tool

For more information about KDE 4.14.3, check out the KDE's website.


The java stack has been remade in cooker to be 100% compatible with Fedora 20, and the work backported to 2014.1.

Spotlight is a fully functional eclipse 4.3.1.

Updates and new applications

Mozilla Firefox 35.0

Firefox has been updated to version 35.0, with bugfixes and new features.

For more information, see Mozilla's website.

LibreOffice 4.3.5

Openmandriva 3 brings with it the newest version of the LibreOffice suite - word processing, presentations, and spreadsheets, as well as other productivity tools to help with your everyday life!

Other significant updates

This release features new software:


We've upgraded Xorg to version 1.16.3, and Mesa to 10.4.2, which brings the latest free drivers for the best performance. A Compose cache is now incorporated which speeds up application startup time and reduces memory usage especially in locales with large Compose tables (e.g. all UTF-8 locales).


SDDM is new and lightweight displaymanager, written in Qt5 with QML and provides new features and benefits to enduser, compared to KDM.

LXQt 0.8.0

We have prepared LXQt for our alpha release. LXQt is a lightweight desktop fully written in Qt5.

By default SDDM is used as display manager.

xfce4 4.10.0

xfce4 is very lightweight environment based on GTK+2.0, featuring speed, low request on resources combined with great look.


We are working on many new and interesting shells using new display technology based on Wayland. Currently planned are:

  • hawaii
  • papyros-os
  • orbital

Currently only Weston is working out of box.

Cloud service

We added support for via mirall package.


Default init system is systemd with version 218. By default are enabled;

  • systemd-networkd
  • systemd-timedated
  • systemd-timesyncd
  • systemd-resolved


We have updated our LCMS to version 2.x, also all software which was dependant on older library has been rebuilded to meet new one.


We have decided to make better use of libarchive, and starting from this release by default we use:

  • bsdtar as a default tar program
  • bsdcpio as a default cpio program

Detailed features and benefits can be found here.


Perl base package has been updated to 5.20.1 version. All perl related software in main repository has been rebuilded to meet new version.


Python has been updated to 3.4.3 version and starting from now it became default python interpreter over python 2.x.

Performance Improvements

OpenMandriva Lx 3 has been improving with every iteration - we've tried to make sure that your system works in a stable yet powerful manner.

The kernel has been upgraded to 3.18.2 nrjQL - a powerful variant of the 3.18.2 kernel. The CPU and RCU have been configured with full preemption and boost mode, while we've also added the CK1 and BFQ patchsets to provide optimisations (including a better CPU load scheduler, better disk I/O scheduler, a better memory manager via UKSM, and TuxOnIce for better suspension and hibernation), designed with desktop system performance and responsiveness in mind.


OpenMandriva decided to give a go for a switch to LLVM/clang as a default compiler, and finally has replaced GCC. Over 90% of packages are rebuilded with LLVM/clang in our main repository.

Benefits for end user:

  • Fast compiles and Low Memory Use
  • Expressive Diagnostics
  • GCC Compatibility
  • Better object code generation compared to others
  • Object code is optimized for its size

More infor can be found here.

USB Friendly

OpenMandriva Lx Applications

Other Improvements

Booting OpenMandriva Lx

Booting from USB

Booting from DVD

Booting from ISO file

Grub2 entry ( to be added in/boot/grub2/ grub.cfg) :

menuentry "ISO OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1" {
set isofile='/shogun/Downloads/OpenMandrivaLx.2014.1-kde4.x86_64.iso'
loopback loop (hd0,3)$isofile
linux (loop)/isolinux/vmlinuz0 root=live:CDLABEL=OpenMandrivaLx_2014.1
iso-scan/filename=$isofile toram --
initrd (loop)/isolinux/initrd0.img

set isofile='/shogun/Downloads/OpenMandrivaLx.2014.1-kde4.x86_64.iso'
should be changed to:

without /home/...., just /user/folder/iso

hd0,3 = /dev/sda3 ;
hd0.2=/dev/sda2 ;
hd1.2= /dev/sdb2
and so on.