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OpenMandriva Lx Wins Award from SourceForge

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The long awaited OM Lx 4.3 release is here. This means users of OpenMandriva Rock/OM Lx 4.2 need to do the distribution upgrade or "distro-sync" to OM Lx 4.3.

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Comparing the descendants of Mandrake and Mandriva Linux

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The OpenMandriva project last week released a new version: OpenMandriva LX 4.3 for x86-64 and ARM64 hardware. OpenMandriva is a continuation of the Mandriva Linux distro, but not the only one. The Register rounds up the siblings.

The OpenMandriva Association was established in 2012 to continue the development of the Mandriva distro. Mandriva itself went into liquidation in 2015. Another prominent fork, Mageia, split off slightly earlier, in 2010.

The same year, a Russian company, ROSA, also started, and continues to maintain its own branch of the distro for sale in Russian-speaking countries.

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OpenMandriva Lx 4.3 released

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OpenMandriva Lx is a unique and independent linux distribution, a direct descendant of Mandriva Linux and the first Linux distribution utilise the LLVM compiler. This release keeps using the entire LLVM toolchain which completes the work that began in 2015.
We hope that you find that this link time optimised desktop and its supporting applications to be bright and responsive in use. You can find out more about link time optimisation here:

The OpenMandriva Lx 4.3 operating system distribution is FREE and provides the user with all the software funtionality that is available on a proprietary system and then some. All this is supported by the world class KDE Plasma Desktop, a desktop user interface that provides comprehensive access to all the installed software toools. The Plasma desktop offers advanced feature such as multiple task based desktops, and a collection of desktop widgets that support a wide range of information gathering and display.

We provide an OpenMandriva utility Desktop Presets (om-feeling-like) which offers a quick way to customize the appearance of your OpenMandriva Plasma desktop to look and feel similar to other systems you may be used to. We hope that this will help those who are new to OpenMandriva to feel at home with our desktop.

We also provide an improved 'OM-Welcome' utility which guides you through initial setup and suggests some useful additional applications that you may wish to install other than those distributed of the iso.

A third utility Software Repository Selector (om-repo-picker), to enable additional repositories with thousands of additional Free Software packages, updated and greatly improved.

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My #1 Reason to Love OpenMandriva Lx

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I want to start this post with a disclaimer: I am aware that all Linux distros have their pros and cons, and my purpose is not to berate any OS choice readers have made. I simply want to share with you what happened to me recently, as I upgraded to OpenMandriva Lx 4.3. This experience reminded me why, after all these years, I still love OpenMandriva.

A second point I'd like to clarify is that I am not discussing benchmarks, compilers, package managers or any other technical matters here. To be honest, they go beyond my understanding: I am a non-technical Linux user.

I was running the rolling version of OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 and I realized that a major upgrade was available. So, I decided to upgrade and here is where my story starts.

After a whooping number of packages had upgraded in a process that took like 45 minutes (I do not have a very fast connection), I booted into a soundless system: the computer said that there was no sound. I did not panic and visited the OpenMandriva forums. There, I found a post that I should have read BEFORE attempting the upgrade. In it, ben79 described all the steps to have a successful upgrade.

Of course, I had not followed any of the steps, so my system was operational, but erratic. And, although I could enable the sound easily following the post instructions, I decided to roll back and start over.

So, I put my old OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 back in, upgraded following the steps and this time I booted into a far better system. I corrected the sound issue by installing the pulseaudio package from the repository and then started to configure the system.

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Interview of Nicolas Lécureuil, chair of the Mageia Board, on

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Nicolas Lécureuil, alias NeoClust, is a long time user of He has an account on the website dedicated to Linux since 2005. Nicolas became the president of the Board of Mageia early in 2021. Nicolas has been, and still is, very active everywhere in the Mageia forums, discussion lists and the cauldron development, where new versions of the distribution are being cooked. In this interview, we will see that he is an early Mageian. Also, we will discover his ambitions and projects for this distribution, which is one of the most accessible to the general public.

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OpenMandriva and Mageia Updates

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  • OpenMandriva on IRC.

    OpenMandriva is no longer using Freenode IRC. There are Matrix channels for OpenMandriva (user channel) and OpenMandriva Cooker (developer channel). These are also channels at Libera Chat. #openmandriva @ and #openmandriva-cooker @ The Matrix and Libera Chat channels are bridged (interconnected). They are also bridged with Telegram.

  • Mageia at GUADEC 2021

    In my recent blog post I shared that GNOME’s GUADEC 2021 is going to be online due Covid19-pandemic. Nevertheless, I am pleased to let you know that my workshop about Mageia GNOME has been accepted!

    This workshop will give an introduction to Mageia GNOME and you will learn about the distribution itself on the 23rd of July at 18h30 UTC (at 19:30 British Summer Time (BST), 20h30 central europe time (CEST, Paris, Berlin, Rome…)) for about an hour.

Mageia 7 will reach End of Support on 30th of June – “The king is dead, long live the king!”

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Mageia 8 was released Feb 26th, 2021.
Mageia 7 will receive updates up until the 30th of June, including security updates. It is then highly recommended upgrading to Mageia 8 as soon as possible.

As usual, before the upgrade, do a thorough backup of your data and documents.

You have a few ways to install Mageia 8...

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OpenMandriva Lx 4.3 RC available for testing

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We have good news: Cooker, our development branch, is working very well right now.
Our internal testers have been reporting that the system looks very responsive and already brings many user visible advantages over OMLx 4.2.

Hence we decided to publish a unscheduled stable release to permit the Rock users to enjoy of a good amount of updates they would otherwise not get (unless they upgrade to Rolling) before moving ahead with the more ambitious plans for OMLx 5.0.

Here is the Release Candidate.


Another feature that will be interesting to some is that we've fully integrated support for the new JPEG-XL picture file format. JPEG-XL is significantly more efficient than traditional JPEG, and also adds all major features of PNG (such as transparent images and support for lossless compression).

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Also: OpenMandriva Lx 4.3 RC Released With LLVM 12 Toolchain, Linux 5.12 Kernel

What To Do After Installing OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 for Ubuntu Users

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Continuing the downloads, now here's our traditional What To Do article for OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 (made easy for Ubuntu users). This includes how to install more software, setup several stuff on the desktop, and getting started to the Control Center. I wish you really enjoy this!

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What's the Difference between openSUSE and OpenMandriva

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Here's a comparison between openSUSE and OpenMandriva (continuing our comparison involving Mageia) the two European computer operating systems from our Free Libre Open Source Software community. The most obvious similarity from both is their name, which includes the word OPEN, which comes particularly from the Open Source Movement. In this article we will see several interesting stuffs from both around their architectures, distributions, control center, etc. so we know about their YaST and OMCC, respectively. If you want to know more similarities and differences of these two OSes, this article is for you. To make it easier to read, OS below is for openSUSE while OM is for OpenMandriva. Let's go!

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