Almost three years after the formation of the last significant branch and four months after beta release, at last The stable release of the OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Linux distribution was released.
The project is being developed by community forces after Mandriva SA transferred management of the project to the non-profit OpenMandriva Association.
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Main new features of OpenMandriva Lx 4
This new release of OpenMandriva Lx 4 it is notable for the change to the RPMv4 package manager, the DNF console toolkit and the Dnfdragora package management GUI.
Previously the project used an RPMv5 branch developed separately, the urpmi toolkit and the rpmdrake graphical user interface.
RPMv4 is compatible with Red Hat and used in distributions such as Fedora, RHEL, openSUSE and SUSE. Whereas the RPMv5 branch has been developed by external enthusiasts and has been stagnant for many years.
Unlike RPMv5, the RPMv4 project is actively developed and maintained, and also provides a more complete set of tools to manage packages and repositories. The switch to RPMv4 will also allow the distribution to get rid of dirty hacks and ancillary Perl scripts currently used in OpenMandriva.
Now regarding the internals of the system, we can find that the Clang compiler used to compile packages has been updated to the LLVM 8.0.1 branch.
As well Updated versions of Linux kernel 5.1, Systemd 242, GCC 9.1, glibc 2.29 arrive, binutils 2.32, OpenJDK 12, Perl, 5.28, Python 3.7.3 (Python 2 is excluded from the basic distribution).
The graph stack and user agents have been updated: KDE Plasma 5.15.5, KDE Frameworks 5.58.0, KDE Applications 19.04.2, Qt 5.12.3, Xorg 1.20.4, Wayland 1.17, Mesa 19.0.3, Pulseaudio 12.2, LibreOffice 6.2.4 Calligra 3.1.0, Firefox 66.0.5, Falkon 3.1.0, Krita 4.2.1, Chromium 75, DigiKam 6.0.
In addition to KDE, the basic framework includes the graphical environment LXQt 0.14.
On the other hand, the updated squid installer comes with an added option to configure the swap partition.
Another change worth mentioning is that after installation is complete, it is possible to remove all unnecessary language packs that do not match the selected languages.
By default, LibreOffice uses VCL plugin based on Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5, which made it possible to bring the LibreOffice interface into the general style of the KDE Plasma desktop, and also made it possible to use the regular file selection dialog from Plasma 5.
Besides Firefox and Chromium, now a new browser joins the distribution and it is the Falkon browser, which is offered by default in this new version.
We can also find that OpenMandriva Lx 4 includes the SMPlayer media player, which uses the MPV backend by default.
In connection with the expiration of patents for MP3, MP3 decoders and encoders are included in the core structure.
For user administration, instead of userdrake, the Kuser interface is used, and for creating backup copies, instead of draksnapshot, KBackup is proposed;
To inform the user about the availability of package updates, the Plasma software update applet is involved.
De the other changes that we can find in this new version of OpenMandriva Lx 4 are:
- In the Live-environment boot menu, items were added for language selection and keyboard layout.
- The OpenMandriva Control Center Configurator has replaced DrakX
- Added om-repo-picker app with interface to select repositories
- Ports were prepared for the aarch64 (Raspberry Pi 3 and DragonBoard 410c) and armv7hnl architectures.
- Versions created, specially optimized for AMD processors (Ryzen, ThreadRipper, EPYC).
Download and get OpenMandriva Lx 4
For those who are interested in being able to obtain this new version, they should know that ISO image can be downloaded 2,6GB in size (x86_64 and "znver1" mount, optimized for AMD Ryzen, ThreadRipper, and EPYC processors) from the distribution's official website.