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Here is the third alpha of Mageia 4 (released on Oct. 2d). This is alpha software. This means, it is NOT:

  • for daily use,
  • for any kind of productive use,
  • for writing any kinds of reviews.

It is a testing release for finding bugs, to look out for important missing packages, a platform for further development leading to the beta stage and finally our first official release planned in February 2014. More info about Mageia 4 Development.

Download it

You can download it by selecting your mirror from http://mirrors.mageia.org/ and going into iso/cauldron or from http://www.mageia.org/4/ directly (easiest way).

Classical installer

  • 2 DVDs 32 and 64 bits
    • Mageia-4-alpha3-i586-DVD.iso
      • md5: 553db7f79eaf792bc0b7f2f4f4fe22cf
      • sha1: 44f706e399d3e879fd3744008877be5263421cae
    • Mageia-4-alpha3-x86_64-DVD.iso
      • md5: e73d91f74fc1c3de08ae918d4582a7ef
      • sha1: 7512a89c977519be012f0aa62c10754a84f69782
  • dual arch CD: one single iso with both 32 and 64bits
    • Mageia-4-alpha3-dual-CD.iso
      • md5: 2db6ef011499c8c46396029590b8cdd7
      • sha1: 91aa1d7ea563afedc7751b3518923ee783472122

Live

  • 2 Live CDs 32bits only in English
    • Mageia-4-alpha3-LiveCD-GNOME-en-i586-CD.iso
      • md5: 36f57f33836ec09d23ef8257417e68e3
      • sha1: 57f60a30057f146beffe0d9609db4a205226a65d
    • Mageia-4-alpha3-LiveCD-KDE4-en-i586-CD.iso
      • md5: a565335f0272a3aada1d989a5b52248c
      • sha1: d98babe63f24fb0ecf540f257d8f127a1ea805a5
  • 4 LiveDVDs (32 and 64bits) multilingual
    • Mageia-4-alpha3-LiveDVD-GNOME-i586-DVD.iso
      • md5: bfa59fba0c60c642e54ab2f41601f22e
      • sha1: a1d78547c5843e09a8f4c38b8383a200865df37d
    • Mageia-4-alpha3-LiveDVD-KDE4-i586-DVD.iso
      • md5: 9d543393f54d69f4ab7240891bd5e772
      • sha1: e8bb489978b8fd0efea1c6cb2ac4d715ba114ca7
    • Mageia-4-alpha3-LiveDVD-GNOME-x86_64-DVD.iso
      • md5: 1312cc0274fa0c2c783c24cbd7d8324d
      • sha1: 9e10e9403b1f39c7ec14177d112db0323aeb4b92
    • Mageia-4-alpha3-LiveDVD-KDE4-x86_64-DVD.iso
      • md5: 5f8fbaa5ddb8c01ee2cd388a6eb6a418
      • sha1: fd3bd9154b35c7cceb524489edb0ddf24987efc0

Major new features

Installation

  • Work was done on RAID management during installation. This was quite buggy in previous releases and should now be usable at last.

Package management

RPM has been upgraded to 4.11.0

Base system

kernel

  • Mageia 4 Alpha 3 ships with kernel 3.11.2

systemd

GRUB

  • Mageia 4 Alpha 3 still comes with GRUB as a default. But we also provide GRUB2.

Perl

  • Perl has been upgraded to 5.18.1

Network interfaces naming scheme

Graphical environments

MageiaWelcome

MageiaWelcome is now proposed as a default when opening a session in graphical environments. The main goal is to help new comers on Mageia but also give some information about the community and the project.

KDE

  • KDE 4.11.1 (stable release) is now available in alpha 3. Updating after installation will allow you to get 4.11.2 as it was released too late to be included in alpha3
  • KDE screen management: we are now using kscreen as the tool to manage screen
  • Qt 4.8.5

GNOME

GNOME environment is also provided. currently 3.10.0.

LXDE

RazorQt

Mate

Mate is now inside the repositories.

Cinammon

Cinnamon is now inside the repositories.

Office apps

Games

Education

Software Development

  • Mono 3.2.1
  • Monodevelop 4.0.9
  • Gambas3 3.4.2

Artwork and design

New artwork is not yet integrated in this early stage of Mageia 4.

Known issues

See Errata page

Tests wanted!

If not done yet, you can confirm or invalidate the currently reported (by the QA or other people) bugs: (see here or here a biggest list )

Bug reporting

You can find our bugzilla here, but please read the Errata before reporting any bugs. If you don't already have a Mageia account, you can create one on https://identity.mageia.org/. If you don't know, see how to report a bug.