OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1 Brings UEFI Support, KDE 4.12.1, More

Download the first Alpha release of the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 distribution

By on February 1st, 2014 01:25 GMT

Mandrake, Mandriva and now OpenMandriva Lx, this is the Linux distribution that changed the way we look and work with an operating system based on the eye-candy and feature-rich KDE desktop environment, now known as KDE Plasma and Applications.

The stable version and also the first ever release of the OpenMandriva Lx distribution is 2013.0, and it was announced back in November 2013. It is powered by KDE 4.11.2, a smart kernel called NRJ and based on the upstream Linux kernel 3.11.6, and provides out-of-the-box support for Nvidia, Intel and AMD graphics cards.

For this first Alpha release of the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Linux distribution, the development team upgraded the Linux kernel to version 3.11.8 with support for SQUASHFS_MULTI_DECOMPRESSOR, which uses all available CPUs while booting from the ISO image, and provided reliable and working UEFI support.

Also, the KDE desktop environment has been updated to KDE SC 4.12.1 with all its goodies and more stock apps (including Plasma Media Center) for true KDE fans. Surprisingly or not the look and feel of the distribution has not yet been changed, but the team promises revamped artwork on the Beta release of OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0.

The Applications tab of the Main Menu
The Applications tab of the Main Menu
The TimeFrame tab of the Main Menu
The TimeFrame tab of the Main Menu
Configure your OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1 desktop
Configure your OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1 desktop
You can add up to 20 virtual desktops
You can add up to 20 virtual desktops
What else is there? Well, various applications have been updated, such as Mozilla Firefox, LibreOffice, CUPS, Scribus, HP Linux Imaging and Printing and GIMP, there’s built-in support for the iOS 7 mobile operating system used in iPhone, iPad and iPod devices, as well as MTP support for Android devices.

Under the hood, OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1 uses X.Org Server 1.15, systemd 208, initscripts 9.50, dracut 035, Mesa 10, support for realmd, better Java support, MariaDB replaces MySQL, support for armv7hl, SOGo integration has been improved, support for Galera has been added, and the boot manager can now be installed on the root partition.

The default file manager of OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1
The default file manager of OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1
Mozilla Firefox 26.0 running on OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1
Mozilla Firefox 26.0 running on OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1
LibreOffice 4.1.3 running on OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1
LibreOffice 4.1.3 running on OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1
OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1 is powered by Linux kernel 3.11.8 NRJ
OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1 is powered by Linux kernel 3.11.8 NRJ
You can download OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1 right now from Softpedia, but keep in mind that this is an early development release and it is not suitable for a production environment, as it’s intended to be used for testing purposes only.

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1 uses KDE 4.12.1
OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1 uses KDE 4.12.1

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