2009 Spring beta

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The beta version for Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring (2009.1) is now available. There is information about the new release in various places:


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, GNOME and maybe others windows managers 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

As this is an early pre-release, the major changes are mostly in the area of included third-party software. The planned changes to Mandriva's own tools and systems are not ready for inclusion in a public pre-release.


Step 1 of Speedboot is now available in Spring beta version. This should improve your boot time. It's not enabled by default. To test it, enter speedboot keyword at boot time. You can use Bootchart to test precisely effects on your boot time.

KDE 4.2

This release includes the final version of KDE 4.2. This release will add many new features to KDE 4, including some that were notably present in KDE 3 but lacking in KDE 4.0 and 4.1, along with some brand new features. It should also provide a more stable desktop experience than KDE 4.1. More complete information can be found in official announcement.

KDE team is currently working and helping in finalizing K3B port for KDE 4. It will be all available for final release.

Qt 4.5.0 RC1

Qt 4.5.0 is now included. This will allow us to provide Qt Creator and should fix some glitches on KDE desktop.

GNOME 2.25.90

Also included is GNOME 2.25.90, the first beta of GNOME 2.26. Planned changes for GNOME 2.26 can be found here. Sound applet is now working with Pulse Audio.

Xfce 4.6 RC1

The first RC of the upcoming Xfce 4.6 is also included. This page contains information on the changes, fixes and improvements to be found in version 4.6, including support for the freedesktop.org menu standard (which is used by Mandriva), a new configuration system along with several new settings applications, and a new audio mixer. As usual, Xfce can be installed on Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring Beta by installing the task-xfce package.

A specific mention for xfswitch-plugin, a plugin for fast-user switching.

Light graphical environment

Default light environment is now LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) instead of icewm in all available isos.


OpenOffice.Org 3.0.1 is now available. You will find here release notes for this stable release.



  • Cbc module is now loaded automatically while using cryptoloop for encrypted files. Next step will switched to device-mapper for encrypted partition.
  • User can now browse content of all existing partitions clicking on "View" option. Available during installation and in Mandriva Control Center.


  • Msec-gui is now included by default in Mandriva Control Center, in security section. Authentication tool for applications access management is also available directly in this section. Translation is in progress.

drakx-net, Interactive Firewall

  • Many bug fixes.

Kernel kernel is used in this Beta. There is a useful series of articles in the Heise Online series Kernel Log which detail the many new features of kernel 2.6.28; the link is to Part 9, you can find links to the previous eight parts at the end of the article. Of course, the most notable changes are improvements in hardware support, including ongoing improvements to support for the many Intel HDA sound devices, and many webcams.

Syslinux / gfxboot

Both has been updated to last version. Syslinux 3.73 provides new features. Among the main one:

  • gpxelinux: as pxelinux was a PXE bootstrap, gPXElinux allows to load gPXE ROM + PXELINUX. It provides then new functionnalities to traditional PXELINUX. It allows to use tftp only to get gpxelinux then you will be able to use web server, a SAN, Windows PE, iSCSI
  • isohybrid mode: it allows to boot from either CD-ROM or from a device which BIOS considers a hard disk or ZIP disk, e.g. a USB key or similar.
  • support for com32 module for gfxboot: it allows quite easy to maintain graphical menu for PXE server

ext4 file system

ext4 is now available in a stable module version. ext4 is available through Mandriva installer but not as default choice. You can find it in file systems list. ext4 is not yet supported for /boot file system (needs GRUB update)

Diskdrake improvements

  • It's now possible to change a label without formatting a partition. If you already use labels in existing system and you modify it, it will not change GRUB configuration. Please edit /boot/grub/menu.lst file or use drakxtools to modify it properly. This will be improved in next release.
  • You can now use labels with Reiserfs4 and NTFS partitions

X.org server

  • The major new release of the X.org server, version 1.5, is included in this beta. The most important change in this version is so-called 'input hotplugging' - a system by which the X server handles the detection and configuration of input devices, using the evdev driver. This change has been integrated into Mandriva so that the Mandriva keyboard and mouse configuration tools continue to work as expected.
  • Default behaviour for now disables Ctrl+Alt+backspace shortcut to restart X server.
  • Lots of bug fixes in this release. Nvidia drivers are now working properly. Multimedia keys bug is also fixed. Non working Intel cards and basically all those usin randr 1.1 are now working fine.
  • fglrx is still not supported, as well as dmx which may be let down by upstream team.

Other updates

  • module-init-tools 3.6
  • eclipse 3.4.1 + plugins cross compilation mingw32
  • ltsp 5


This beta release is available:

  • Free DVD edition (x86-32 and x86-64 architectures), with a traditional installer
  • Free 2 CDs edition KDE (x86-32 architecture only), with a traditional installer
  • Free 2 CDs edition GNOME (x86-32 architecture only), with a traditional installer
  • One KDE (x86-32 architecture only), installable live CD
  • One GNOME (x86-32 architecture only), installable live CD

Dual arch will be back on RC release. 3 CDs edition has been splitted in 2 CDs packs due to lack of space for both KDE and GNOME. Other One edition (for other languages support) will be available for RC1 release.

The images are available from the following mirrors:


North America

South America




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 Spring 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.

  • Large tests are required on msec, using GUI or command line.
  • Report any problems you find in the KDE desktop, especially due to qt update.
  • Report any problems, especially regressions, relating to input devices. The new input hotplugging system is a major change and we would like to catch any problems it introduces.
  • Check that all your hardware is supported. Note that this Beta (except One edition) only includes free software. Proprietary drivers for components which require or can use them - especially for 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 Spring, you will then be following the development of the next release of Mandriva Linux. If you wish to follow development of 2009 Spring and then remain with a 2009 Spring system, you must change your repositories at the time 2009 Spring is released.
  • Report any missing or unwanted software. It should be assigned in Bugzilla to release at mandriva.com. Please take care to see if these issues have already been filed.
  • We are looking for tests on printing especially using printers that need to download a specific firmware.

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

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