- OpenMandriva Lx version:
- Desktop environment (KDE, LXQT…):
Plasma but this can apply to any desktop.
- Description of the issue (screenshots if relevant):
Anyone wanting to use Rolling and help make it better.
- Relevant information (hardware involved, software version, logs or output…):
For anyone that wants to use OMLx Rolling there is some information about that here.
OpenMandriva is a community distribution of Linux. All the folks that do things are part time unpaid volunteers. And we all wish there were more of us.
Installing Rolling is pretty much the same as installing Rock. But in this thread we are trying to get some folks to try or help test a Technical Preview of what we plan to push to Rolling in a few weeks.
There is an auto updater in ABF (OpenMandriva Automated Build Farm). It has been turned off for longer that we anticipated so Rolling has not been getting many upgrades recently and has not really been rolling. This is because developers and pooh bahs in Cooker (where the upgrades would come from) have been making some changes to tool-chain/system packages that make this unsafe and unwise right now. When the changes are made by a tiny group of all part-time, unpaid, volunteers this always takes longer than we want it to. There are always things that arise that >have< to be fixed and in this case hundreds of other packages that had to be rebuilt for dependencies, ect.
Getting this done so we can Officially and Publicly announce Rolling is our main focus at this time. Should be soon. Turning that auto updater on again will get Rolling back to rolling.
Some of the major changes are:
kernel 5.18.12 (this kernel is clang compiled) (there is a gcc kernel available also)
A lot more upgraded software, to many to list here
usr merge > This is a change in the file system organization. More about that here. This is a change that has been in the works in Linux for a little over 10 years. Some other Linux distros have already made this change.
Support for installing on BTRFS and XFS file system has been restored.
dnf5 and zypper are available as alternative to default dnf4 package management.
Over a 31,343 (est.) bug fixes.
To see a technical preview of what Rolling will become in a few weeks users are encouraged to try these Cooker isos:
x86_64 Plasma ISO (Rolling Tech Preview using Cooker repos)
znver1 Plasma ISO (Rolling Tech Preview using Cooker repos)
Do not use Discover or dnfdragora to update Rolling or Cooker systems, the command they use is only appropriate for Rock systems. To update these systems after install open terminal and:
sudo dnf clean all ; sudo dnf dsync
If users can install these on hardware and test them by using them for a few weeks that would be awesome. Also for those that can not do install on hardware it is very helpful if you can install in VirtualBox or just download and boot the isos and look around a bit. Any of this would be a big, big help. Report impressions and issues here.
Any big issues should get a bug report.
Note: OpenMandriva repositories should never be mixed.
That means with these ISOs use Cooker repositories for whatever period of time you use or test these.
To enable/disable additional repositories we have OpenMandriva own tool Software Repository Selector (om-repo-picker).
Please read OpenMandriva Release Plan and Repositories.