2010.1 Beta1

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The first beta for Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring (2010.1) is available. There is information about the new release in various places:

Contents

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 other windows managers which are likely to result in any system upgraded from any stable release to this alpha 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.

Special thanks to Frederik HIMPE for his very useful articles about Cooker weekly progress (see Frederik's blog).

Installation media

Available media

This Beta 1 release is available:

  • as a Free edition for the x86-32 and x86-64 architectures, on one DVD, with a traditional installer.
  • as One live-CD (x86-32 architecture only), in GNOME and KDE editions, available for various languages. 4 different One editions are available, 2 for GNOME and 2 for KDE. There will be 2 additional KDE images (with different languages) available by the time of the final release.

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. But you find all the planned changes in the PDF file: "2010 Spring specifications" available here.

Mandriva tools

Guest account

Many improvements in guest account management: use of restricted shell, restricted access to other user's files, prevent access for most of Mandriva administration tools...

Bootloader

Mandriva configuration utilities now support setting up an encrypted password in GRUB.

Desktop environments

GNOME

GNOME 2.30.0, which includes (non exhaustive list):

  • many Epiphany improvements : Webkit page cache enabled, Youtube movie extension available (no flash required), infobar for saving username/password in GNOME keyring, support for GZIP compressed pages.
  • Gnome Activity Journal, a tool which uses Zeitgeist to let you browse through the documents you recently worked on, is now available in Mandriva.
  • Evolution opens attachments read-only to prevent accidentally loosing modification you might make.
  • Vinagre now supports tunneling VNC connections over SSH.
  • GNOME Color Manager, a utility to set up colour profiles for your monitor, is now packaged in Mandriva Cooker.
  • many changes have been implemented in Nautilus before GNOME 3.0 release. Nautilus will then become a file manager only and will not manage desktop anymore. So files management functionalities have been improved and an optional split view has been added fore more convenience.
  • You can now configure a background per monitor on a multi-monitor setup.
  • Tracker is proposed for tests for document search engine. You should find it much more efficient than Beagle.
  • Packagekit service is now available for applications, including file-roller.
  • rewritten GDM 2.30.0 is now used by default for GNOME display manager. Please check 2010 Spring Errata as this new version doesn't support all the features from the old 2.20 series. You can still install 2.20 gdm, by using gdm-220 package.

Various news:

  • udisks and gnome-disk-utility is now used by GNOME tools, in replacement of HAL, for disk handling.
  • There were further performance improvements in the GLib library.
  • a new game called LightsOff;
  • improved IRC support for Empathy and support for Facebook chat, using XMPP standard protocol
  • PDF file attachment annotations support for Evince;
  • Seed supported by more and more applications;
  • GtkBuilder is one of the new APIs used for applications.
  • Cheese webcam application has been split into different libraries, making it easier for other applications to integrate webcam functionality (like avatar choosers in instant messaging applications).
  • a preview of GNOME-Shell (2.29.1), which will be part of GNOME 3, is now available. You should use "GNOME3Preview" session to test GNOME-Shell (and you need 3D support from your graphic card). GNOME-Shell is available on One live-CD, GNOME edition. You will need to install liveCD if you want to evaluate GNOME-Shell.

KDE

KDE 4.4.2 (final release): possible crashes in Plasma, Dolphin and Okular have been fixed, Microblog applet now shows the correct time in the timeline, audioplayer KRunner plugin has been fixed to not freeze the KRunner UI anymore.

Around KDE:

  • Qt has reached stable version, 4.6.2.
  • Nepomuk is now using Virtuoso as its back-end to store data, which should give faster tagging and indexing.
  • Amarok 2.3 : improved podcast support, a newly designed toolbar and the possiblity of automatically using a USB mass storage device for the collection when it’s connected.
  • KTorrent 4.0 beta 1: redesigned GUI for better ergonomy.
  • Digikam and kipi-plugins 1.2.0.
  • KDE Webkit based browser reKonq was updated to version 0.4 which includes kwallet support, AdBlock support, and many more.
  • KDE 4 port of KmyMoney now reached beta status.
  • Clementine player has been packaged for Mandriva. This is a port of Amarok 1.4 to QT4, for people who prefer previous Amarok UI.
  • Dynamic background (changing based on time of the day) are now supported.
  • QBittorrent BitTorrent client is now available in Mandriva cooker.

Desktop applications

  • Firefox 3.6.2. This brand new version comes with lots of improvements in performance. You will find also some new functionalities to improve global ergonomy:
    • Tab previews: to activate this new feature, open about:config in your browser and look for browser.CtrlTab.previews parameter.
    • Support for Persona themes.
    • More feedback information like report when an installed plug-in is out of date.
    • for an overview of Firefox 3.6 features, you can check Ars Technica article
    • KDE Integration, now under KDE4 Firefox uses the KDE file chooser, and uses KDE filetype association settings
  • OpenOffice.org 3.2: startup speed has been improved a lot. Some improvements also in OpenXML files import and basic docx file export.
  • Chromium (Google's browser) is available on mirrors. It's for now available only for both i586 and x86_64 in the contrib repositories.
  • Gnash 0.8.7 snapshot
  • xine-lib 1.2 with support for VDPAU for hardware accelerated rendering of high definition video is now available.
  • Deluge 1.2.3 (final) is now available in Cooker. It has a rewritten web UI and improves performance of the application.
  • Songbird, an advanced music player, has been updated to version 1.4.3, which includes a new default look.
  • The popular media centre software xbmc is now available in Mandriva Cooker. Ideally for setting up a Home Theatre PC (HTPC) with Mandriva!
  • Transmission 1.91 is now available in Mandriva Cooker. It adds support for magnet links and trackerless torrents and has many other improvements.
  • New versions of the personal finances management applications Skrooge and Homebank were released : Skrooge 0.6.1 brings improved graphs reports and better automatic text completion of categories and an improved Search & Process user interface. Homebank 4.2.1 brings similar improvements with a new trend time reports.
  • libgpod 0.7.92 was released and this version brings iPhone, iPod Touch and iPod Nano 5G support for gtkpod, Rhythmbox and Amarok.
  • Video editors updates:
    • Lives 1.2.1 brings PulseAudio support, many improvements to multitrack mode, a startup wizard for new users, some new real-time transitions and improved performance.
    • Kdenlive 0.7.7.1 now includes colour themes, an improved titler and a few other new features.
    • The OpenShot video editor was imported in Mandriva last month. The package is now at version 1.1 final.
  • Major new version 2.0.0 of the Bluefish web editor. It adds autocompletion for HTML, CSS and PHP, inline help, inline spell checking, a character map, upload/download synchronization with remote web sites, automatic document recovery and more.

X server

  • Nouveau driver: it's now used as free driver for NVidia graphics cards instead of nv. Nouveau will bring Kernel Mode Setting support, 2D acceleration, and RandR 1.2 support (for easy multi-monitor setup).
  • Mesa 7.8: 3D support has been enabled for the ATI R600 and R700 chipets (ATI Radeon HD 2000 and later), you can now enjoy 3D acceleration with the free ATI drivers.
  • Intel X11 driver version 2.11.0 is now included. Together with kernel 2.6.33 it brings video overlay support for more CPU efficient video playback.
  • X.org related packages have been updated to X.org release 7.5. Also included xserver version 1.7.6.
  • The free ATI driver has been updated to a snapshot of version 6.13. This version supports kernel-mode setting support (enabled by default in the TMB kernel) and adds support for some newer ATI cards.

Base system

  • Linux kernel 2.6.33.1 release: Some noteworthy changes include: the new Nouveau driver for NVidia graphics cards is now included in the kernel and is now used by default on Mandriva instead of the NV driver. DRBD, the Distributed Replicated Block Device driver, which is useful on High Availabality clusters is now included in the kernel. There is a new experimental Compcache driver, which compresses part of the memory, effectively increasing the amount of memory you can use. Note that Mandriva does not yet include the user space tools to effectively use this. The Anticipatory I/O scheduler was removed and there were the usual improvements to the default CFQ I/O scheduler. Of course there are also many improvements to hardware support, such as a new driver for WIFI devices with the Ralink RT2800 and Realtek RTL8192U chipsets.
  • TMB kernel in Contrib uses the BFS process scheduler now, bringing improved responsiveness.
  • ntfs-3g driver 2010.03.06: Performance and timestamps fixes.
  • Glibc 2.11: many performance improvements. For example, binutils package is now coming with STT_GNU_IFUNC support.
  • The GDB debugger was updated to version 7.0.1. Developers are excited about the process record and replay and reverse debugging features.
  • General build options: all packages are now linked with the -Wl,-O1 linker options. This can improve start-up performance of applications linked with many different libraries.
  • dracut, a replacement for mkinitrd, has been improved to better integrate with Mandriva (but it is still experimental and does not replace mkinitrd) You can create a new initrd with dracut by hand if you want, or start using it by default the next time you install a new kernel by running update-alternatives --config mkinitrd
  • Ruby 1.9.1 is now available in Contrib. This new version is much more faster than the previous Ruby 1.8 series
  • USB/IP, a tool for using USB devices over the network, is now packaged in Cooker.
  • microcode_ctl package has been enhanced to automatically download the latest microcode for you CPU and now supports AMD CPUs. Intel microcode is also available from the new microcode package in non-free.
  • python has been updated to 2.6.5 release.

System administration

  • The Sysklogd system log daemon has been replaced by rsyslog. rsyslog is a very modern system logger with very active development. It includes advanced features such as storing logs in SQL databases, e-mail warnings on some log messages, support for sending syslog messages over TCP and many more.
  • Munin 1.4: better scalability, many new plug-ins for monitoring MySQL, PostgreSQL, Asterisk and others.
  • Spamassassin has been updated to version 3.3.1. There are new plug-ins and adaptations of the default scores for better spam detection. The rules now are in a separate spamassassin-rules package and by default sa-update is run on a daily basis to update them.
  • Monitoring tool Zabbix has been updated to new version 1.8.1. This release brings much improved performance and GUI improvements.
  • Postfix 2.7.0 is now available, bringing improved performance in content filttering and address verification.
  • MySQL packages were reorganized a bit. The mysql-max package was dropped and its features were merged in the standard mysql packages. The clustered storage engine NDB was removed from the mysql package and is now available in the mysql-cluster package.
  • Zarafa groupware solution is now included in Mandriva.


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 2010 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.

  • Report any problems you find in the KDE and GNOME desktops; despite its beta status, we expect it to provide a relatively usable and stable experience, so please report any significant stability or usability issues.
  • Report any regression in GNOME desktops regarding storage devices handling (mount / eject), as this release switched from HAL to udisks.
  • Report any problems, especially regressions, relating to input devices.
  • Check that all your hardware is supported. Note that this beta only includes 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 here to configure this and other repositories. It should be noted that if you continue to use these repositories after the release of Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring, you will then be following the development of the next release of Mandriva Linux. If you wish to follow development of 2010 Spring and then remain with a 2010 Spring system, you must change your repositories at the time 2010 Spring is released.
  • You can find here useful informations to do a day-to-day Mandriva's applications testing. You can use them for testing and participate to improve Mandriva Linux distribution.
  • 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 Bugzilla.

Availability

Worldwide Mandriva Official Mirrors

The whole list of Worldwide Mandriva Official Mirrors is available at this URL: Worldwide Mandriva Mirrors

The images are available from the following mirrors:

Africa

North America

South America

Asia

Europe

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