Where's My Mageia ISO?

by Susan Linton - Feb. 03, 2011Comments (3)

MageiaLast we heard from the Mageia project we were told to expect a test release by the end of January. Well, here it is February, where's our test release? What's going on?

According to a new blog post, bootstrapping has been going on. As anyone who has ever built a Gentoo system knows, bootstrapping is building your new system so you can build your new system. In the case of Gentoo, users would download a pre-built build system, the package manager, and the Portage tree. Then one would use that to re-build each of packages needed to comprise the toolchain. Once GCC, make, and friends are built and installed anew, then one can begin building other packages such as the kernel, the X server, and so on.



This is what's been happening at Mageia for the last month or so. Anne Nicolas said it's taken over 1,500 hours to bring the build system up to speed. They started with Mandriva packages with the branding removed and now have a pure Mageia system ready to go. "[The] Repository is ready for first build tests, our build machine for ISOs is properly configured," said Nicolas. Then came the answer to the original question. "Alpha1 is expected on 15th of February."

For a more detailed explanation, see Nicolas' post.

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Short time after LibreOffice forked OpenOffice, we had a LibreOffice version available. The guys from Mageia make it sound as if all the packages have to be recompiled on the same machine. Ofcourse that is not the case. LibreOffice made sure they had an alternative right away. Mageia takes more time, thus they are gone from the spotlights a bit too long. Ofcourse a distro is far more complicated than an application (is that so?), but it should have left alpha stage some time ago!

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Oh no, oh my! They are already a week overdue. I can hear loud and clear the trumpets of Apocalypse. It's over, man, it's over.

Seriously, why is everyone posting bullshit just for the sake of pleasing Google's demand for fresh content? Gimme a break.

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I'd rather they take extra time and have a relatively pain free launch than to launch a flawed product. There are those of us that are long time fans of Mandriva and it's offspring distros. However, due to an uncertain financial status, we need a project like Mageia to take off and do well. I do not like Ubuntu or it's business, nor do I like OpenSuse/Novell and it's dealings with Microsoft and Fedora is just not for everyday use, IMO. Sure there are lots of community distros out there, but the ecosystem still needs ground-up distro that actually does development and takes Linux to the next level. I'm behind Mageia 100% and will be installing it when it releases.

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