2009.0 RC 1

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The first release candidate for Mandriva Linux 2009, code named camelopard, 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 beta version to upgrade an existing Mandriva Linux installation. There are unresolved issues with KDE which are likely to result in any system upgraded from any stable release to this beta being unable to start a desktop, rendering it useless for most people. Please only use this beta 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

Automatic repository configuration and mirror selection in package management tools

The Mandriva package management tools have now been improved to make the use of official repositories work completely automatically. On the first system boot following installation, the official Mandriva repositories will be automatically configured. Now, no single mirror is specified, but a new system is used by which a geographically local and up-to-date mirror will be selected automatically for each operation, using the aria2 downloader. You can still manually configure repositories using one specific mirror if this is more appropriate for your system, using the repository configuration tool.

ath5k replaces madwifi for Atheros wireless cards

The new ath5k driver replaces the madwifi driver for handling most Atheros wireless networking cards. This driver has the advantage of including an open source HAL; madwifi relied on a proprietary HAL (often referred to as firmware) that was only available in the non-free repository. The fact that ath5k is entirely open source means it will work out of the box on all Mandriva editions, including Free.

Further integration of official Mandriva theming and art

The official Mandriva theme, Ia Ora, is further integrated into KDE 4 in this release, but still not yet complete: some color schemes are missing and some widget issues remain. The new artwork for Mandriva Linux 2009 - backgrounds, screensavers, bootsplash - is also mostly incorporated into this pre-release, giving a full flavor of the final appearance of Mandriva Linux 2009 for the first time (screenshot sites take note!). The startup splash for KDE 4 is not yet finalized.

Kernel 2.6.27 (rc5) based

Kernel has been switched to prerelease 2.6.27 rc5, with target being 2.6.27 final for Mandriva Linux 2009 final release. Please report any regression you might detect, compared to Beta 2 or earlier.

Availability

This pre-release is available:

  • as a Free edition for the x86-32 and x86-64 architectures, on one DVD, or one mini dual arch CD, 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. There are several known issues in this release, so please do read this 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.

  • Report any problems you find with the new printer configuration GUI.
  • Report any problems, or missing features, you find in the new installer (in the Free edition).
  • Report any problems you find with normal use of KDE 4 to Mandriva.
  • Report any apparent bugs with the Mandriva Ia Ora theme in KDE 4.
  • Report any problems with Splashy, in boot and shutdown.
  • Report any problems with Mozilla Firefox 3 (common use, plugins, Flash and Java).
  • 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 Docs/Basic_tasks/Installing_and_removing_software#Making_more_applications_available 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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