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What is Mageia Cauldron?

Mageia Cauldron is the Mageia development version - what becomes the next Mageia release.

Who should use Mageia Cauldron, and who shouldn't?

All packagers are encouraged to at least have one Cauldron installation, if possible a physical one, to allow for easier contribution to the development version and for extended testing, e.g. hardware support, video acceleration ...

Anybody else who wants to see the latest development, help in reporting bugs or only wishes to live on the bleeding edge can use Cauldron. Of course, you must be aware that problems can occur, for example, the system won't boot correctly, the network connection is broken, applications crash and similar, sometimes fatal problems. If you know your way around and can troubleshoot/fix problems yourself, then you're welcome to use Cauldron. If you can share your findings and perhaps your workarounds or fixes, then that would also be welcome.

Important Notice:
Cauldron is not for the faint of heart!
It may break down your computer, eat your data, burn down your house or kill your kittens. You have been warned! ;)

Mailing lists for cauldron users

If you decide to use cauldron, then make sure you're a member of the following mailinglists:

It is best to at least read the subjects of all those mails when you receive them, so that you won't be surprised with something that'll break your system that was announced or already reported by another cauldron user.
Also, the development mailing list and our bugzilla are the best places to join forces for finding the causes of serious bugs and fixing them.

How to update to Mageia Cauldron

Before updating the system to Cauldron, update your system fully first and reboot it once. This will ensure your are using the latest version of the packages needed for this update.

To upgrade from a stable release to cauldron, type the following commands as root.

Using urpmi

urpmi.removemedia -a

to remove all your current urpmi repositories.


After that, you need to add the cauldron repositories. If you have a 32-bit machine

urpmi.addmedia --distrib --mirrorlist 'http://mirrors.mageia.org/api/mageia.cauldron.i586.list'

If you have an x86-64 machine:

urpmi.addmedia --distrib --mirrorlist 'http://mirrors.mageia.org/api/mageia.cauldron.x86_64.list'

And then:

urpmi --auto-update --auto 


Using DNF (Mageia 6+)

Install the Cauldron repositories:

dnf install mageia-repos-cauldron

If you're using an x86_64 machine and need 32-bit repositories enabled, run:

dnf config-manager --set-enabled cauldron-i586

If you need nonfree or tainted enabled, run:

dnf config-manager --set-enabled cauldron-{arch}-{section}

Substitute "{arch}" and "{section}" for the desired architecture and nonfree/tainted as you need.

Then:

dnf --refresh distro-sync