Sunday, May 19, 2013

Mageia 3 Arrives: All Grown Up and Ready to Go Dancing

by Dietrich Schmitz

After a several project milestone delays, Mageia 3 was finally released today and featuring a new logo (two, shown right and left) with special thanks going out to its designer, Nicholas Duval.

"We still can’t believe how much fun it is to make Mageia together, and we’ve been doing it for two and a half years.
For people who can’t wait,get it here; release notes are here. To upgrade from Mageia 2, see here.", writes +Trish Fraser in the Mageia blog announcement.

On a sad note, she writes:

"Before we get to the rest of the information: we dedicate this release to the memory of Eugeni Dodonov, our friend, our colleague and a great inspiration to those he left behind. We miss his brilliance, his courtesy and his dedication."

What's New?

Mageia 3 includes a raft of updated Applications and Packages as well as these new features:

  • Updates to RPM (4.11) and urpmi, which has been given a good Mageia turnout and cleanup
  • Kernel 3.8
  • systemd 195
  • GRUB is the default bootloader; GRUB2 is available to test.
  • Revamped package groupings for installation and rpmdrake
  • KDE 4.10.2
  • GNOME 3.6.
  • Xfce 4.10
  • Libreoffice 4.0.3

Special Thanks

Trish adds not leastly special thanks reminding readers that Mageia would not be possible without the help of those in the community who selflessly gave of their time in fulfillment of the project, including the valued sponsors Gandi and Ielo:

"Our heartfelt thanks go to all the people who donated their time to make this release possible, and all the people who donated money allowing us to buy the servers that we use to build the distribution."

-- Dietrich

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