OpenMandriva Lx

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ROME rolling edition Plasma desktop
DeveloperOpenMandriva Association and Cooker group
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Initial releaseNovember 22, 2013 (2013-11-22)
Latest release5.0 Edit this on Wikidata / 25 November 2023 (25 November 2023)
Repository
Update methoddnf (command line), dnfdrake and dnfdragora (GUI)
Package managerDNF (RPMv4)
PlatformsAMD64, ARM64, i586
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
UserlandGNU
Default
user interface
KDE Plasma 5, LXQt, GNOME
LicenseFree software (mainly GPL)
Official websitewww.openmandriva.org

OpenMandriva Lx is a general-purpose Linux distribution maintained by the OpenMandriva Association for x86 (32/64-bit) and ARM computers. It is a community-supported continuation of Mandriva Linux, which was active from 1998 (as Mandrake) until 2011. OpenMandriva is offered in a stable release edition, and (since 2023) a rolling release edition named Rome. It uses the RPM Package Manager and uses KDE Plasma as its default desktop environment.

OpenMandriva Lx's development environment is an ABF (Automated Build Farm) which can manage the source code and compile it to binaries. ABF also creates the package repository and ISO images.

Origins

OpenMandriva Lx is a community Linux distribution. Originally an offering of Mandriva Linux, the OpenMandriva product was created in May, 2012, when Mandriva S.A. avoided bankruptcy by abandoning the development of its consumer product to the Mandriva community.

The OpenMandriva Association was established on December 12, 2012, under 1901 French law, to represent the OpenMandriva Community.

Development and versions

OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0

OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0

OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0 was released on November 22, 2013, with codename "Oxygen".

This version was the first release of OpenMandriva Lx, and was the fork of Mandriva Linux 2011.0, which was itself an amalgamation of ROSA Linux and Mandriva Linux. The version includes KDE 4.11.2. Menu in OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0 was SimpleWelcome, and also this version included media player ROSA Media Player 1.6, Mozilla Firefox 25.0, LibreOffice 4.1.3 and the Linux kernel 3.11.6.

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.x

OpenMandriva Lx 2014 "Phosphorus" was released on 1 May 2014. The release had a very positive review from one of the founders of the initial Mandrake Linux distribution, Gaël Duval.

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.2, codenamed "The Scion", a bugfix release for 2014.1, was released on 29 June 2015.

OpenMandriva 3.x

During 2015, OpenMandriva released an alpha version of OpenMandriva Lx 2015. As the operating system was developed all 2015 year, in 2016, the version was released as OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 Beta. This new release came with significant changes to the core system — among other things, it was the first desktop Linux distribution that was built completely with the Clang compiler instead of GCC.

A stable and final release of OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 was released in August 2016, followed by 3.01 in December 2016 and 3.02 in June 2017. This was followed by OpenMandriva Lx 3.03, which was released in November 2017.

After releasing OpenMandriva Lx 3.03, OpenMandriva Lx developers started dropping support of i586 processor architecture in OpenMandriva Lx 4.0.

OpenMandriva Lx 4.x

The development of OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 continued on for two years after Lx 3.03 was released. The first alpha version of OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 was released on September 6, 2018. The OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Major Release Alpha 1 was released on December 25, 2018, the Beta was released on February 9, 2019 and the Release Candidate was released on May 12, 2019.

The OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 stable release arrived in June 2019. Among many other changes, this release is notable for switching to the DNF package manager for software management, including dnfdragora to replace rpmdrake.

OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 supports ARM64 (aarch64) and ARM v7 (armv7hnl) architectures. After arriving RISC-V board, OpenMandriva will start porting distribution to open source CPUs.

OpenMandriva Lx 4.3 was released in February 2022. One of the notable changes in this version is that PipeWire became OpenMandriva default sound server replacing PulseAudio.

OpenMandriva Lx 4.3 final release was announced on 7 February 2022.

OpenMandriva Lx 5.x

Version 5.0 of OpenMandriva Lx was released on 25 November 2023.

OpenMandriva ROME (the rolling edition)

In January 2023 the OpenMandriva community released their "ROME" edition, a rolling distribution designed for individual users. This version will always contain the latest versions of available software packages.

Version history

Stable branch

Version Code name Release date End-of-life date Kernel version
Old version, no longer maintained: 2013.0 Oxygen 2013-11-22 2014-05-28 3.11.8
Old version, no longer maintained: 2014.0 Phosphorus 2014-05-09 2017-11-21 3.13.11
Old version, no longer maintained: 2014.1 2014-10-26 3.15.10
Old version, no longer maintained: 2014.2 The Scion 2015-06-29 3.18.12
Old version, no longer maintained: 3.0 Einsteinium 2016-08-14 2019-07-16 4.6.5
Old version, no longer maintained: 3.01 2016-12-25 4.9.0
Old version, no longer maintained: 3.02 2017-06-21 4.11.3
Old version, no longer maintained: 3.03 2017-11-21 4.13.12
Old version, no longer maintained: 4.0 Nitrogen 2019-06-16 2020-03-01 5.1.9
Old version, no longer maintained: 4.1 Mercury 2020-02-01 2021-03-12 5.5.5
Old version, no longer maintained: 4.2 Argon 2021-02-12 2022-03-07 5.10.14
Older version, yet still maintained: 4.3 Dysprosium 2022-02-07 1 month after 5.0 release 5.16.7
Current stable version: 5.0 Iodine 2023-11-25 1 month after next release 6.3.x
Current stable version: ROME ROME 2023-01-07 rolling release 6.3.x
Legend:Old versionOlder version, still maintainedLatest versionLatest preview versionFuture release

Development versions

Version Release date Kernel version
4.1 RC1 28 January 2020 5.5.0
4.1 Alpha 10 November 2019 5.3.9
4.0 RC 12 May 2019 5.1.0
4.0 Beta 9 February 2019 4.20.4
4.0 Major Release Alpha 1 25 December 2018 4.19.8
4.0 Alpha 6 September 2018 4.18
3.0 RC1 19 July 2016 4.6.4
3.0 Beta 2 27 June 2016 4.6.2
3.0 Beta 1 6 April 2016
3.0 Alpha 24 April 2015 3.18.11
3.0 Pre-Alpha 3 February 2015
2014.0 RC1 18 April 2014 3.13.10
2014.0 Beta 24 March 2014 3.13.6
2014.0 Alpha 2 28 February 2014 3.12.13
2014.0 Alpha 31 January 2014 3.12.8

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External links

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