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Good news for Mandriva Linux Based – Mageia 8 users, after nearly one and half years a stable version of Mageia 8 soon to be released. The latest updates for Mageia 8 come with tons of updates. This includes new packages, Linux kernel to the graphical stack, and the base system upgrade.

Apart from this users will also receive security and bug fix support for 18 months, till October 2022.

Additional Features In Mageia 8

The newly added GL Vendor Neutral Dispatch (GLVND) offers to resolve issues with OpenGL support on modern Linux systems.

Mageia 8 receives long-term support (LTS) Linux kernel 5.10.16, which means users can experience better graphics with updated Mesa to v20.3.4.

The addition of free video drivers for AMD/ATI graphics cards, AMDGPU for newer cards, and Radeon for older graphics cards will give users an elevated graphics experience.

Along with it, the latest vendor-neutral libGL implementation will allow users to install Mesa and third-party GL drivers in parallel. Enabling additional performance and functionality for hybrid GPU configurations.

That’s not all, the Java stack has been upgraded to version 11, though users can still continue to use Java 8. While Python2 modules and software like Iceape and PlayOnLinux are no longer available in Mageia 8.

The latest versions of Plasma 5.20.4, GNOME 3.38, Xfce 4.16, MATE 1.24.2, LXQt 0.16.0, and Cinnamon 4.8.3 are available for desktop users

Key Enhancements in Mageia 8

  1. Fast package metadata parsing using Zstd
  2. Glibc 2.32, GCC 10.2.1, LLVM 10.0.1, X.Org 1.20.10
  3. RPM 4.16.1.2, DNF v4.6.0
  4. Chromium 88 (x86_64-only), Firefox 78.7 (ESR), LibreOffice 7.0.4.2
  5. GNOME 3.38.3
  6. Live ISO now boots without configuring X.Org with faster installation
  7. For UEFI boot, the rEFInd boot manager is now supported as an alternative to GRUB2

Check the official release notes for detailed information about Mageia 8 and the upgrade path from Mageia 7.
You can download Mageia 8 ISO image for installation here.