2009.0 Alpha 2

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The second alpha for Mandriva Linux 2009 is now available. There is information about the new release in various places:

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Special note

This is noted elsewhere, but as a special important notice, please do not use this alpha to upgrade an existing Mandriva Linux installation. There are unresolved issues with X.org which are likely to result in any system upgraded from any stable release to this alpha being unable to start X, rendering it useless for most people. Please only use this alpha as a clean installation (and, as always, do not expect to be able to use it as a day-to-day workstation; keep an installation of a stable Mandriva release (or other operating system or distribution, of course) for this purpose.

Major new features

There are not yet many major user-visible feature changes in this pre-release. Most work since the release of 2008 Spring has been on under-the-hood improvements such as updating the basesystem, switching to a new version of gcc, trying to eliminate library underlinking and other important but not always user-visible work.

KDE 4 as default desktop

In line with the specifications for Mandriva Linux 2009, the major visible change to this pre-release is the inclusion of KDE 4 as the default desktop. GNOME, of course, is available as always, and KDE 3 is available from the /contrib section. Reversing the situation from 2008 Spring, KDE 4 is the default KDE implementation and installs within the standard hierarchy, while KDE 3 is in the /contrib section and installs in the /opt hierarchy. As with Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring, the two can co-exist if you would prefer to have both available.

Please note also that the Mandriva theme - Ia Ora - for KDE 4 is not yet available. Work on Ia Ora for KDE 4 is in progress and it may appear in the next pre-release, Beta 1. The appearance of KDE 4 in this pre-release should not be taken as any kind of guide to how it will appear in the final Mandriva Linux 2009.

GNOME 2.23.4

The latest development release of GNOME (working towards the stable 2.24 series, which will be used in Mandriva Linux 2009) is included.

Support for new NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards

This pre-release includes the latest NVIDIA and ATI proprietary drivers, and detection information for the new ranges provided by each manufacturer. Both ATI's Radeon HD 4xxx and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 2xx line of cards should be supported by this pre-release.

Orphan package detection in urpmi

The Mandriva package manager, urpmi, has been given the capability to detect and remove 'orphan' packages - packages which were installed as dependencies of other packages that have since been removed. Whenever you complete an urpmi operation, you will be notified of currently installed 'orphan' packages. You can remove them with the command:

urpme --auto-orphans

Availability

This pre-release is available:

  • as a Free edition for the x86-32 and x86-64 architectures, on one DVD or on three CDs, with a traditional installer
  • as a One (KDE-based) and One (GNOME-based) combined live / install CD edition, for the x86-32 architecture

The images are available from the following mirrors:

Installation

For instructions on writing the ISO files to CD or DVD discs, see Writing CD and DVD images. For installation instructions, see Installing Mandriva Linux.

Known issues

Known issues are collected on the 2009 Errata page.

Testing wanted

You are encouraged to test and comment on this pre-release. Feedback should be posted in the form of bug reports to Bugzilla, or if it is not a type of feedback that can be expressed as a bug report, to the Cooker mailing list or to the Mandriva Forums.

  • Check that all your hardware is supported. Note that the Free editions of this release candidate only include free software. Proprietary drivers for components which require or can use them - especially for ATI and NVIDIA video cards, Intel Centrino wireless adapters, and HSF modems - are available from the Cooker non-free repository. Follow the instructions at [[1]] to configure this and other repositories. It should be noted that if you continue to use these repositories after the release of Mandriva Linux 2009, you will then be following the development of the next release of Mandriva Linux. If you wish to follow development of 2009 and then remain with a 2009 system, you must change your repositories at the time 2009 is released.
  • Test hibernation functionality, both on laptops and desktops.
  • Report any missing or unwanted software. Please take care to see if these issues have already been filed.

For help on reporting bugs, consult our general guidelines on Development/Howto/Bugzilla.

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