Mageia 2.0 alpha 2 released
The Mageia development team has published the second alpha of version 2 of its community fork of Mandriva Linux. Aimed at developers and testers, the release is based on the 3.1 Linux kernel and includes KDE SC 4.7.4 and GNOME 3.3.3.
For the final version of Mageia 2, the developers are planning to include the 4.8.x branch of KDE, GNOME 3.4.x and the upcoming 3.2 kernel. Another major change being worked on for Mageia 2 is the switch to the new systemd init system, which should, the developers say, "lead to a simpler boot process, and easier maintenance".
The Alpha 2 release will be followed by one more alpha, two betas and a release candidate with the final version scheduled to be released on 3 May 2012. Those testing the release are asked to focus on hardware detection, the boot process, ISO content and the included desktops, as well as "filtering out references to Mageia 1"; users are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they find.
Further information about the second alpha, including a link to the list of known issues, can be found in the release notes and on the technical specification page. However, at the time of writing, the download page for Mageia 2 Alpha 2 appears to be down; instead, users can download it from one of the project's mirrors. The current stable release is Mageia 1.0
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