The project recently OpenMandriva unveiled the first release of a new edition of your distribution «OpenMandriva Lx ROME (23.01)», which uses a model of continuous delivery of updates (rolling releases).
The proposed edition allows access to new versions of packages developed for the OpenMandriva Lx 5 branch, without waiting for the formation of the classic distribution.
For those who are not familiar with OpenMandriva Lx, they should know that this is a Linux distribution created and oriented for all types of users, this distribution is distributed and developed by the association called OpenMandriva, which is a non-profit association.
This Linux distribution is based on Mandriva Linux which was a French distribution, not so popular among Linux users, but one that some users came to recommend at the time.
For those people who do not know the name Mandriva Linux I can comment on the following about this Linux distribution that ended its development several years ago.
mandriva linux was a Linux distribution published by the French company Mandriva intended for both beginners and experienced users, oriented to personal computers and servers with a focus on users who are introducing themselves to the world of Linux and free software.
Main novelties of OpenMandriva Lx ROME
In the new edition of OpenMandriva Lx ROMA new package versions have been proposed, including the kernel Linux 6.1 (a kernel built with Clang is offered by default and optionally in GCC), systemd 252, PHP 8.2.0, FFmpeg 5.1.2, binutils 2.39, gcc 12.2, glibc 2.36, Java 20.
The updates of the different components of the system, such as graphics stack updates such as Xorg Server 21.1.6, Wayland 1.21.0, Mesa 22.3 as well as the KDE Plasma desktop environment .5.26.4,
On the part of the applications We can find, for example, KDE Gears 22.12.0,.2, LibreOffice 188.8.131.52 beta1, Krita 5.1.4, Digikam 7.9, SMPlayer 22.7.0, VLC 3.0.18, Falkon 22.12, Chromium 108.0, Firefox 108.0, Thunderbird 102.6 Virtualbox 7.0.4, OBS Studio 28.1.2, GIMP 2.10.32, Calligra 3.2.1, Qt 5.15.7.
In addition to the exclusive tools of the OpenMandriva brand are included: OM Welcome, OM Control Center, Repository Selector (repo-picker), Update Configuration (om-update-config), Desktop Presets (om-feeling-like), a tool which helps users set up their desktop to look like something they are already familiar with, be it Windows, Mac OS, or a different Linux system.
One of the other changes mentioned is that the Clang compiler used to build packages has been updated to the LLVM 15 branch. To build all components of the distribution kit, you can just use Clang, including a package with the kernel of Linux built into Clang.
It is also highlighted that the file system structure has been reorganized: all the executable files and the libraries of the root directories have been moved to the /usr partition (The /bin, /sbin and /lib* directories are symbolic links to the corresponding directories within /usr).
Of the other changes that stand out from OpenMandriva Lx ROME (23.01)
- KDE has applied additional patches to support the JPEG XL image format.
- Support for installation on partitions with BTRFS and XFS file systems has been resumed.
- In addition to the default dnf4 package manager, dnf5 and zypper have been suggested as alternatives.
- Official AMDVLK 2022.Q4.4 AMD Vulkan driver with RayTracing support. It is an alternative driver and can be installed at the same time as RADV.
- It can be used to improve performance or stability in some games on Linux
- OBS-Studio 28.1.2 software for video recording and live streaming; finally supports wayland session. It also supports h264 recording with VAAPI (Hardware Accelerated Video Coding) and with this release we have removed the patch that adds native HEVC-x265 support with HW VAAPI for separate plugins in the form of x264-compliant obs-gstreamer and obs-vaapi and x265 encoders with HW VAAPI.
Finally if you are interested in knowing more about it about this new release of OpenMandriva Lx ROME (23.01), you can check the details In the following link.
Get OpenMandriva Lx ROME
For those interested in being able to download this new version can get ready-made system images for different devices, from the official website of the distribution.
2,8 GB iso images with KDE and GNOME desktops are ready for download and support booting in Live mode.