The team behind the Mageia distribution, released after a year and a half of development a stable version of Mageia 8. It will receive security and correction support errors for 18 months, until October 2022.
What are the new features of Mageia 8?
In the new version 8, you will find the latest core Long Term Support Linux (LTS) 5.10.16, which provides better graphics with updated Mesa in version 20.3.4.
Mageia 8 now uses the new GL Vendor Neutral Dispatch (GLVND) to troubleshoot OpenGL support on modern Linux systems.
With the new libGL application with neutral supplier, you can also install third-party Mesa and GL programs in parallel. It will allow extra performance and Functionality for hybrid configurations But by the full GPU acceleration tech.
In addition, the Mageia distribution also uses the free video drivers for AMD / ATI graphics cards, AMDGPU for newer and Radeon for older graphics cards.
Among the basic packages, it has removed support for Java 8 (although it is still available) and has upgraded the stack Java In addition, most Python11 drives and software such as Iceape and PlayOnLinux are no longer available on Mageia 2.
On desktop environments, it includes the latest publications of Plasma 5.20.4, GNOME 3.38, Xfce 4.16, MATE 1.24.2, LXQt 0.16.0 and Cinnamon 4.8.3.
Other key improvements to the Mageia 8 are:
- Faster packet metadata analysis using Zstd
- Glibc 2.32, GCC 10.2.1, LLVM 10.0.1, X. Org 1.20.10
- RPM 18.104.22.168, DNF v4.6.0
- Chromium 88 (x86_64 only), Firefox 78.7 (ESR), LibreOffice 22.214.171.124
- GNOME 3.38.3
- Live ISO now starts without configuring X.Org with faster installation
- For UEFI boot, rEFInd boot manager is now supported as an alternative to GRUB2
For complete information on Mageia 8 and the upgrade path from Mageia 7, see the official release notes.