Anne Nicolas announced a few last night, November 14, the immediate availability for download of the third Alpha release of the upcoming Mageia 3 operating system.
Mageia 3 Alpha 3 is powered by Linux kernel 3.6.5, and features the KDE 4.9.2 and GNOME 3.6.1 desktop environments.
"Finally the bug hunt was successful and this alpha 3 release is now available for tests. We hope you will enjoy this new one."
"Upgrade from Mageia 2 is now possible and we need your feedback to make it smooth for final Mageia 3," said Anne Nicolas in the official release announcement.
Highlights of Mageia 3 Alpha 3:
· Linux kernel 3.6.5;
· RPM 4.10.1;
· KDE Software Compilation 4.9.2;
· GNOME 3.6.1;
· New artwork;
· LibreOffice 3.6;
· systemd 195;
· GRUB by default (GRUB2 should be ready in Beta 1);
· Live ISO images now use OverlayFS;
· Qt 4.8.3;
· Qt 5 Beta;
· QtCreator 2.5.2;
· Perl 5.16.1;
· Ruby 1.9.3;
· Razor-qt desktop environment;
Last but not least, the developers implemented support for upgrading Mageia 2 installations to the current development release of the upcoming Mageia 3 operating system.
Just like the previous two development releases, Mageia 3 Alpha 3 is distributed as installable DVD ISO images, a dual-arch CD, as well as Live DVD and Live CD ISO images with the GNOME and KDE4 desktop environments, all of them being available for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
Download Mageia 3 Alpha 3 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. As always, please check out the Errata page before testing/reporting bugs!