Development Release: Mageia 8 Beta 1

  • The Mageia team have published a new development snapshot of the upcoming Mageia 8 release. The first beta build includes a number of improvements to the installer, such as a new filesystem support, along with better support for the ARM architecture. “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 in 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. There has also been considerable work with package management, rpm 4.16 has brought many improvements including automatic SSD detection and improved transaction speed, meta data parsing within urpmi has been accelerated through the use of ZStd compression, AppStream metadata use has been improved to allow better integration with GNOME and Plasma.” Further details can be found in the distribution’s release announcement. Download (pkglist): Mageia-8-beta1-x86_64.iso (4,189MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), Mageia-8-beta1-Live-Plasma-x86_64.iso (3,307MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), Mageia-Cauldron-netinstall-x86_64.iso (56MB, SHA512).

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