OpenMandriva is another Linux distro that carries on the legacy of the legendary Mandriva Linux, and it has released an alpha version of the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 4.2.
While the most popular Mandriva Linux-based distro, Mageia OS, has already scheduled the final release of Mageia 8 for September 18, haven previously spent over a year in development and it will get security updates and bug fixes for 18 months.
OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 alpha release is primarily for testing purposes to help in finding and fixing all bugs before the stable release.
What's new in OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 alpha release?
OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 alpha release has updated the toolchain that includes systemd 245, LLVM/clang 10.0.1, Linux Kernel 5.7.8, gcc 10.1, glibc 2.31, and Java 14. It has also added the latest version of graphic software stacks such as Wayland 1.20.8, Xorg 1.20.8, and Mesa 20.1.
And the default desktop has also refurnished the graphical environment by including the latest KDE Plasma Desktop 5.19.3, Frameworks 5.72.0, and Applications 20.04.3.
Furthermore, it has updated other apps such as Calligra Suite 3.2.1, LibreOffice 7.0.0, Digikam 7.0, Firefox 78, Chromium 83, VLC 3.0.11, Kdenlive 20.04.3, and SimpleScreenRecoder 0.4.2. You can see all the major changes in core components and software updates from the release notes.
How to Get Started with OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 Alpha Release
Since the alpha release is primarily for testing purposes before the stable release, you should not use it on your production system.
Therefore, if you want to test the alpha version, you can download the ISO images for OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 Alpha Release here. The ISO images are available for both x86_64 systems and AMD CPUs from the Ryzen, ThreadRipper, and EPYC families.