2009.0 RC 2

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The second (and final) release candidate for Mandriva Linux 2009, code named sophie, is now available. There is information about the new release in various places:


Special note on upgrading

As of RC 2, we now encourage the testing of 2009 as an upgrade from 2008 Spring or 2008. Of course, we emphasize testing: as always, you should not use a pre-release on important production systems. However, there is one important thing to be aware of. The physical media - the Free or (for final release) Powerpack DVDs and CDs - will not include KDE 3, due to insufficient space. This means that it is not recommended to upgrade from an earlier stable release to 2009 using the Free or Powerpack CDs or DVDs if you use KDE 3, as it will not correctly handle your KDE configuration. The recommended ways to upgrade from a previous stable release to 2009 if you use KDE 3 are either to upgrade using urpmi or by doing a network installation (which will make KDE 3 available to the installer). Either of these methods will result in a 2009 installation with KDE 3 still available, and your KDE 3 configuration preserved.

If you use a previous stable release with GNOME, or some other desktop, this issue does not affect you, and you may safely upgrade using the Free or Powerpack CDs or DVDs.

Major new features

At this late stage, development work mostly focuses on bug fixes, so there are few major functionality changes to this release.

Improved boot speed

Several bugs have been fixed and improvements made relating to the boot sequence. This has resulted in a substantial improvement in boot speed from previous pre-releases. In the final release, effective boot speed (time to reach a fully functional desktop) will be further improved when autologin is used, by preloading the desktop environment while the login manager is active.

Support for LUKS encrypted partitions in installer and diskdrake

Support has been added to the diskdrake tool (and hence also the installer) for the creation and management of partitions encrypted using the LUKS system. This supersedes the old Mandriva tool, which was based on loopback encryption, a system subsequently demonstrated to have serious weaknesses. Loopback-encrypted partitions will still be recognized and supported, but we encourage all users to migrate to LUKS encryption.

Improved support for netbook hardware

Support has been improved in the kernel for hardware found in several newer netbook models. Notably, the rt2860 driver for the wireless chipset used in several recent Eee models is now included, so this wireless hardware will work out of the box.

Support for Intel G41 graphics chipset

Support has been added for the recently announced G41 graphics chipset by Intel. This chipset will be automatically detected and configured out of the box by RC 2 and 2009 final.

GNOME 2.24 final

RC 2 includes the final release of GNOME 2.24, the latest release from the GNOME project.

KDE 4 theming completed

The Mandriva theming of the KDE 4 environment is now completed. KDE 4 now features the customized Mandriva splash screen, desktop background, screensaver, and widget theme.


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. Several language compound is included:
    • afro-asia (ar,he,hi,id,ko,ms,zu)
    • extra-i18n (bg,cs,da,el,en,et,eu,hu,lt,nb,nl,nn,sv,uk,uz)
    • intl (de,en,es,fr,it,pl,pt,pt_br,ru)
    • jp-cn (en,jp,zh)

The images are available from the following mirrors:


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.
  • 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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