Mandriva Linux-Based Mageia 8 Beta 2 Is Out With Major Package Update


It has been more than a year since the last stable release of Mageia Linux distribution as the upcoming Mageia version 8 is still under development and inching closer to its stable build slow and steady.

However, as the year 2020 is about to end, Mageia team has finally announced the second beta build of the next Mageia 8. The latest Beta 2 includes updates to packages, Kernel, Java, and the graphical stack, and the base system upgrade.

Among the major package update, this is what Mageia 8 Beta 2 comes with:

  • Linux Kernel 5.9.12
  • Systemd 246
  • Glibc 2.32
  • GCC 10.2.1, LLVM 10.0.1
  • RPM 4.16.1
  • Chromium 87 (x86_64-only)
  • Firefox 78.5 (ESR) 
  • LibreOffice 7.0.4
  • Plasma 5.20.4
  • GNOME 3.38.1
  • Cinnamon 4.8.2
  • Xfce 4.15.2
  • Mate 1.24
  • PHP 8.0
  • Java 11, Python 3.8.5, Rust 1.48.0, Ruby 2.7.2

Furthermore, Mageia no longer supports Java 8 (still available) and hence updated the Java stack to version 11. Subsequently, it has updated applications to the ported Java version 11 and removed others that have never been ported.

Since the Mageia 8 has already surpassed its previous estimated final release date (18 September), here’s the revised development schedule for the Mageia 8.

StageEstimated Release DatePublicReleased On
Alpha 113 June 2020Developers and packagers26 June
Beta 127 June 2020Developers and packagers3 August
Beta 211 July 2020Developers and packagers12 December
Versions Freeze4 January 2021
Release Candidate 111-17 January 2021
Release Freeze17 January 2021
Final ReleaseEnd of January 2021Developers, anyone

If you want to keep track of all new features coming in for Mageia 8, check out its official release notes.

At last, if you want to test the Mageia 8 Beta 2, grab the torrent file or direct ISO image of pre-release from here. As usual, the images are available for both the 32-bit (with Xfce) and 64-bit (with Plasma, GNOME, and Xfce) systems.

Sarvottam Kumar

Sarvottam Kumar

Sarvottam Kumar is a software engineer by profession with interest and experience in Blockchain, Angular, React and Flutter. He loves to explore the nuts and bolts of Linux and share his experience and insights of Linux and open source on the web/various prestigious portals.
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