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Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring Update (2010.2) Release Notes
This page contains important information the Mandriva Linux (2010.2) release, code name Farman, the same code name as 2010.1.
The following topics are covered:
- General information about new features and major changes.
- Changes to the Mandriva installer and upgrade instructions for users of previous releases.
- Changes to supported hardware and drivers.
- Changes regarding software packages.
- Other technical information for experienced users.
Please also refer to Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring Update Errata - the Errata for the 2010 Spring Update release. The Errata page contains information on known bugs and problems in the release and instructions on fixing, avoiding or working around them.
For a more detailed and graphical introduction to the most obvious user-visible changes in this release, please see the Release Tour.
Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring Update is available in several different editions, listed below.
The One edition is an installable live CD integrating the latest proprietary drivers, available free of charge. Six different versions of the One edition are available: two for GNOME and four for KDE, each with a different set of supported languages.
- Starting from Mandriva 2010 Spring Update, now you are able to install Mandriva One directly from the boot menu, choosing the option 'Install to Hard Disk', no need to run into a live session if you want so. This new feature allows One installs on 128MB systems, even if 256MB are recommended to achieve 10 times faster installs.
The Powerpack edition includes support, services, a wider range of packages, third-party proprietary applications, a subset of the Fluendo multimedia codec pack, providing support for MP3, WMA and WMV files and Fluendo DVD player.
The Free edition is a pure free / open source software edition, without any of the non-free packages bundled with the other editions, available as a free download.
For more information on the various editions, see Choosing the right edition.
Additional information is also available online:
- List of Compatible/Certified Computers and the detailed Mandriva Hardware Database
- The Mandriva User Forums
- The Mandriva Wiki
This release is available:
- As a Free edition for the x86-32 and x86-64 architectures, on one DVD each, with a traditional installer.
- As One live-CD (x86-32 architecture only), for GNOME and KDE editions, available for various languages. 10 different One editions are available, 4 for GNOME and 6 for KDE.
Note : There is NO Free edition for the x86-32 and x86-64 architectures, both on one single "dual" CD with a traditional installer.
Upgrading from previous releases
Upgrading between releases always has the potential to cause some problems. Upgrading is supported and we do test upgrades, but due to the huge range of packages and hardware configurations possible, it is always the case that in your particular situation, the upgrade may cause a problem we did not anticipate. Therefore we recommend that you always back up your system prior to upgrading.
If you tested one of the Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring pre-releases (beta or RC), we advise you to remove all package sources and add them back using the Mandriva Control Center > Software Management > Configure media sources for install and update to be sure you have stable release media sources.
General Upgrading Steps
After taking the necessary precautions pointed out above, you can upgrade using the Free or Powerpack editions respective DVD's, and it should work well. You can also upgrade in-line. What that means is that the Mandriva update notification applet, Mandriva Online, will notify you that a new Mandriva Linux release (2010.2) is available, and ask if you wish to upgrade. If you agree, the upgrade will be carried out from within your running system, just like a regular system update. You should then be able to reboot into a working 2010.2 system. If you have disabled the applet or it is not automatically running for some reason, you can upgrade manually either using the GUI or the CLI. Both methods are outlined below.
Upgrade using the GUI, mdkonline
First make sure you have the latest updates for your currently running release prior to upgrading. To upgrade run this command as root in terminal:
- mdkapplet-upgrade-helper --new_distro_version=2010.1
Upgrade using the CLI, urpmi
You can also upgrade using urpmi in terminal. Below are the steps you need to follow:
- First ensure your system is entirely up-to-date with the latest updates (when upgrading it's assumed you have the latest updates available for your installed release, so for a smoother upgrade always make sure you have the latest updates) using this command as root in terminal:
- urpmi --auto-update -v
- Remove your existing repositories, either using:
- urpmi.removemedia -av
- Add 2010.1 repositories. To do this, use Easy URPMI. Set the Version field to 2010.2 also make sure the Architecture field is set correctly then click Add official medias. Next open the file it offers you with the default handler (gurpmi aka Software Installer).
- To start the upgrade process, run the following command, as root:
- urpmi --auto --auto-update --replacefiles 2>&1 | tee upgrade.log
This will save the output of the process to the file upgrade.log in the current directory, in case you need to check it later, or you have any problems. Once the process completes (without errors), you should reboot, and you should find the system has been fully updated to 2010.1.
Advanced upgrade options
- You can add --download-all to the above command when upgrading, this a brand new option in urpmi and will make it download all the packages first before trying to install them, this is useful in the case of internet connection failure during the upgrade process, since you can just relaunch the command and continue the process. Be aware though that this will requires quite some free space on the root / partition. Notice that urpmi displays info about the total size of the packages it's going to download, 10GB would usually be enough, but that depends on how many packages you have installed. You can also specify a location to download the rpms, in case the / partition is full and you have more free space say in your /home, you can do this using:
- urpmi -v --auto-update --download-all /path/to/download/folder
- However note that --download-all /path/to/download/folder won't work for upgrading from releases older than 2010.0, until you update urpmi as older urpmi versions will consider /path/to/download/folder a package name, and no package names are allowed on the same command line with --auto-select or --auto-update. Working around this is simple, when upgrading, urpmi will first update itself along with some other core packages, glibc, perl, rpm... ect. So first use:
- urpmi -v --auto-update to update urpmi and the other packages mentioned above. After these packages are updated you'll be asked again for the rest of the packages, press Ctrl+C to cancel then relaunch it:
- urpmi -v --auto-update --download-all /path/to/download/folder
- Another option, --noclean, will make urpmi not delete the rpms it downloads, you can then copy the rpms from /var/cache/urpmi/rpms to another machine and use them when upgrading. To use the cached rpms in a different installation, first remove the old sources and add the new ones as was explained above, then use one of the following methods:
- Copy the rpms to /var/cache/urpmi/rpms/ on the machine you want to upgrade so that urpmi detects that they're already present and doesn't re-download them
- Add the directory containing the rpms as a urpmi source, you can do so using something like this:
- urpmi.addmedia -v local-repo /path/to/directory/containing/the/cached/rpms
- replace /path/to/directory/containing/the/cached/rpms with the actual path to the cached rpms directory.
Blog post from http://blog.mandriva.com/2010/12/23/mandriva-2010-2-is-out/
"Mandriva 2010.2 is out
Please welcome the Mandriva 2010.2 release, which is coming to a mirror nearby you right now!
As announced previously, Mandriva 2010.2 is an incremental update on top of Mandriva 2010.1, incorporating all the security and bugfix updates since its release.
Just to give you some statistics about what changes in 2010.2 when comparing to 2010 Spring (also known as 2010.1), these are some of the numbers.
Since the 2010.1 release, the secteam has released a total of 5055 RPMs via official updates, counting both security and bugfix advisories, across 272 different packages.
Of course, some of these packages were updated more than once (for example, firefox and thunderbird went through several releases since 2010.1), so if we count the latest versions of all the updates, Mandriva 2010.2 will have a total count of 2522 officially updated and supported rpm packages since the Mandriva 2010.1 release.
If we count the total number of packages which will be available with Mandriva 2010.2 version that were updated since the 2010.1 release, it gives us a whooping number of 6312 modified packages (considering updates, backports and testing medias). And in total it gives 34GB of updated packages across all the medias and architectures.
With such a big number of updated packages, we decided to release an updated version of Mandriva 2010 Spring incorporating these packages – Mandriva 2010.2 – which we proudly release now.
And of course, the development and support will not stop now! As usually, we will continue supporting all the packages during the lifetime of the distribution. In the next few weeks, there will be updates for KDE and OpenOffice.org packages, among the usual security and bugfix advisories and updates. So stay tuned!"
- many fixes for important bugs that directly affect our users
- documentation updates
- and also a large number of updated translations.
- KDE 4.4.3 (final release). No release number update.
- PHP 5.3.4.
- PostgreSQL 8.4.5
- Mysql 5.1.46
- Apache 2.2.15
- OpenLDAP 2.4.22
- PhpMyAdmin 3.3.3
- Mono 2.6.4
- Linux kernel 184.108.40.206 release