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01 February 2011, 11:21

Mandriva 2011 delay

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Originally scheduled for today, the first Alpha release of Mandriva 2011 has been put back by two weeks until 14 February. This is due to the large number of changes needed to the distribution; also the work on migrating to the RPM5 package management within the repositories and build system are taking longer than expected. Instead of the alpha release, the Mandriva developers have decided to put out a Technology Preview of what's coming in Mandriva 2011. The final release is now scheduled for 13 June, following two alpha and two beta releases.

RPM (originally Red Hat Package Manager) forked in June 2010 into the original version and RPM5. Both versions of this popular package manager are used by many Linux and Unix distributions. RPM5 is now at RPM 5.3.6 in the production version.

The new Mandriva 2011 will feature the aforementioned RPM5, native systemd, network manager support, KDE 4.6.0, kernel 2.6.37, Firefox 4b10, server 1.9, Clementine 0.6 and many updated packages. There are of course some pieces missing from the Mandriva Technology Preview: the network manager daemon is not started automatically on boot, the artwork has yet to be updated and there are many outstanding bugs that need fixing.

There are also changes to the way Mandriva will run and install – now it will be possible for the same image to run live or to be installed, replacing the previous Mandriva Free and Mandriva One images. ISO images of the Mandriva Technology Preview can be downloaded for i586 or x86 64-bit (direct download links).

The current version of Mandriva, 2010.2, is available as the Powerpack subscription version, as the Free installable desktop version (32- or 64-bit) or as Mandriva One the LiveCD version (32- or 64-bit) from the Mandriva download page.

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