Mageia, a GNU/Linux-based free operating system that started its life as a fork of Mandriva Linux and which is supported by a nonprofit organization of elected contributors, is now at version 3 Beta 4.
The developers of Mageia have implemented a great deal of new features and updates in this new version, including a new Linux kernel and system packages.
Mageia 3 Beta 4 also comes with multiple desktop environments, including KDE 4.10.1, GNOME 3.6.3, the latest LXDE, XFCE 4.10, and RazorQt 0.5.1.
“Packagers and the QA team have worked hard to fix as many bugs as possible. We are now one month from Mageia 3 final release, so your tests – and reports – are more important than ever.
“This beta release comes with nearly all the designs for Mageia 3 integrated – many thanks to Leo who made the background image for Mageia 2 and then worked again on the Mageia 3 design,” reads the official announcement.
Highlights of Mageia 3 Beta 4:
• Linux kernel was updated to version 3.8.5;
• Tokenring is no longer supported;
• Resizing NTFS partitions is again possible;
• The installer has been updated to include the latest kernel/rpm/perl/pango/x11-server;
• An "unselect all" button has been added;
• Grub2 can now be installed at the summary step;
•RPM was updated to version 4.11;
• The --repackage option has been removed and the repository data can be compressed with XZ instead of gzip;
• OverlayFS is now available and it's used to build live CDs;
• Perl and Ruby were updated to version 5.16.3 and 1.9.3, respectively.
A complete list of changes, updates and new features can be found in the official announcement.
Download Mageia 3 Beta 4 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a beta version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.