OpenMandriva Lx 3 Alpha Announced

OpenMandriva community announced availability of OpenMandriva Lx 3 Alpha, the pre release of upcoming stable OpenMandrive Lx 3. OpenMandriva is a fork of Mandriva GNU/Linux.

According to release announcement:
The OpenMandriva Community has been working hard, and after a long period of development and fixes, we’re happy to announce the alpha release of OpenMandriva Lx 3 (Einsteinium)

Following are changes made in OpenMandriva Lx 3 after 2014.1 release.
  • 3: We’ve moved to a sequential number scheme instead of our year scheme. Our packages will still show 2015.0, however.
  • Initial UEFI Support: For newer computers, this provides a better boot process for your computer. As this support is new, and tampers with your boot process, we strongly advise you to check the release notes before proceeding.
  • Calamares: A new installer to better help you install OpenMandriva Lx.
  • The LXQt desktop environment: A lightweight desktop environment that helps you be productive, with low hardware requirements for those low-end computers.
  • sddm: A better, more visually appealing login screen to welcome you into using OpenMandriva Lx.
  • Common desktop software, like LibreOffice, Calligra, Krita, Firefox, and Chromium.
  • Lots of other components have been updated — including postfix 3.0 if you’re interested in the server side.
  • smplayer: A new default multimedia player with mpv as its backend – providing support for numerous extra codecs.
  • VLC: A new version supporting the new Qt5 frontend.
  • wine has been updated and now includes the wine-staging patchset – among other things, this adds a native Direct3D 9 implementation that makes some Windows games run a lot faster.
  • Gamers will be happy to find updated versions of wesnoth, 0ad, warzone2100 and many other popular games. The Steam client is also available to install with our software manager.
  • Printing and scanning support has been updated with cups 2.0.2 and updated foomatic drivers and database

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