Anne Nicolas has announced earlier today, September 7th, that the first Alpha version of the upcoming Mageia 3 Linux operating system is now available for download and testing.
Being powered by Linux kernel 3.5.3, Mageia 3 Alpha 1 comes packed with the latest KDE 4.9 and GNOME 3.6 Beta 1 desktop environment.
Moreover, the distro includes apps like Amarok 2.6.0, digiKam 2.9.0, Telepathy-KDE 0.5.0, Tomahawk player 0.5.5, Calligra 2.5.1 and, of course, the latest Qt 4.8.2 and Qt 5 Beta 1 libs.
“/usr move main goal is to provide an easy way to mount most of the installed operating system files read-only during normal usage. Also make it easy to take snapshots (when combined with btrfs) or share it over the network,
” the official release notes
Unfortunately, there’s no Live CD image with this first development release, because of a UnionFS issue. Therefore, testers will have to install the distribution on a testing machine.
Download Mageia 3 Alpha 1
right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is an alpha release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.