Development Release: Mageia 8 Alpha 1

  • The Mageia project has announced the availability of a new development release, Mageia 8 alpha 1. The new snapshot introduces a new version of the Linux kernel along with cutting-edge versions of desktop environments. New filesystem support has been added to the kernel and default packages no longer rely on Python 2. “We are happy to announce the release of the test images of Mageia 8. These are available to early testers to help with the development towards a stable final release of Mageia 8. There have been large scale updates of all packages as well as new features implemented to improve what Mageia already offered. Some of the major improvements include improved ARM support, all packages have now been built for Aarch64 and ARM v7, completing the transition away from Python 2 and very recent hardware support. There have been many improvements to the installer, which now has better support for F2FS and Nilfs2. Both the live and classical environments have been improved with the use of ZStd compression, this will give faster boot and installation times.” Further details can be found in the distribution’s release announcement and in the release notes. Download (pkglist): Mageia-8-alpha1-x86_64.iso (4,239MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), Mageia-Cauldron-netinstall-x86_64.iso (56MB, SHA512), Mageia-8-alpha1-Live-Plasma-x86_64.iso (3,245MB, SHA512, signature, torrent).

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