OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 is out now

The OpenMandriva Team is pleased to announce the general availability of the latest stable version. Say hello to OpenMandriva Lx 4.2.

OpenMandriva Lx is a unique and independent distribution, direct descendant of Mandriva Linux and the first Linux distribution using the LLVM toolchain by default since 2015.

In the OpenMandriva Lx system the users can do anything they are used to doing with the proprietary systems, but it is free and already includes many pieces of software you have to pay for in the proprietary world, from office suites to video editors to games.

OMLx 4.2 is now even easier to use with improved OM Welcome, the brand-name tool which makes possible to install a range of well known applications with just one click.

This release comes with the latest and brightest KDE products (see below for technical details).
This version also includes:
LibreOffice suite 7.1.0, Krita 4.4.2, Digikam 7.2, SMPlayer 21.1.0, VLC, Falkon browser 3.1, SimpleScreenRecorder 0.4.3;
Desktop Presets (om-feeling-like) to customize the appearance of your OpenMandriva Plasma desktop to look and feel similar to other systems you may be used to;
Software Repository Selector (om-repo-picker) to enable additional repositories with thousands of additional Free Software packages.

The port to aarch64 (64-bit ARM processors) is completed, making it possible to build energy efficient PC replacements for less than $150.
Installable images are available for the PinebookPro, Raspberry Pi 4B and 3B+, Rock Pi 4A, 4B and 4C, Synquacer, Cubox Pulse and generic UEFI compatible devices, such as most aarch64 server boards. More aarch64 hardware support will follow shortly. This port also enables us to target a smartphone for the first time - an image running on the PinePhone is available (but should not yet be considered final quality).

A port to RISC-V - an Open Source processor architecture - is in the works, but not yet included in the 4.2 release.

For more technically adept, you may find interesting that this version also includes:
kernel 5.10.14 (5.11-rc7 also available), KDE Frameworks 5.78, Plasma Desktop 5.20.5, Applications 20.12.2, Qt Framework 5.15.2, LLVM/clang 11.0.1, systemd 247, Java 15, Calamares 3.2.35, binutils 2.36.1, gcc 10.2.

Also available in the repositories:
Alternative desktop environments for testing, Firefox 85, Chromium browser stable 88 (and beta 89, dev 90), Virtualbox 6.1.16, OBS Studio 26.1.2, Gimp 2.10.22, Calligra Suite 3.2.1;
Zypper as alternative package manager, PHP 8.0.2, numerous games, tools, development tools, educational software and more.

Last but not least, OpenMandriva provides a clang compiled kernel. Users can install same version of kernel-release-desktop and kernel-release-desktop-clang for comparison. In OM Welcome you will also find a convenient shortcut for it to install.

Most bugs reported for the test releases have been fixed.

We warmly thank our developers, testers and bug reporters, all our support teams as well as all people at large who are working so hard to make this technically advanced and beautifully artworked distribution.

We would also like to thank Ampere Computing for providing us with fast aarch64 build machines, speeding up our efforts at porting to this architecture.

As with any new stable release, we strongly recommend to backup your data and to perform a fresh install of the new operating system, to avoid any conflict with existing configuration settings.

Please note:
For stable release, ’Update channel’ is set to Rock by default.
Now OpenMandriva Lx has a Rolling branch available, while also keeping Rock.
Users can switch from Rock to Rolling by mean of Software Repository Selector application.

You can read more about OpenMandriva Release Plan and Repositories, please visit:

We now use Mirrorbits as default mirror redirector. You can see:
— Mirror statistics
— Closest mirrors to your location
You can also have a view of our mirror status at our MirMon instance.

We exhort all OpenMandriva users to test our system and report any issue you may find at our forum or at our Issues Tracker system.
You can get in touch real time with our developers at IRC channel #openmandriva-cooker on freenode and in matrix.

Please read more about the new features at What’s New in OpenMandriva Lx 4.2.

As always, please read the Release Notes and the Errata.

Detailed information about this release can be found in OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 Release Notes

Download OpenMandriva Lx 4.2

— At SourceForge
. OpenMandrivaLx.4.2-plasma.x86_64.iso
. OpenMandrivaLx.4.2-plasma.znver1.iso
. Rock Pi 4A
. Rock Pi 4B
. Rock Pi 4C
. Pinebook Pro
. Raspberry Pi 400
. Raspberry Pi 4B
. Raspberry Pi 3B+

— Torrents (via])
. OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 x86_64
. OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 znver1
. Rock Pi 4A
. Rock Pi 4B
. Rock Pi 4C
. Pinebook Pro
. Raspberry Pi 400
. Raspberry Pi 4B
. Raspberry Pi 3B+

— Direct link from our mirrors
. OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 x86_64 (checksum)
. OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 znver1 (checksum)

Our sources can be found on Github
Our main org: OpenMandrivaSoftware
Our packaging org: OpenMandrivaAssociation

If you want to help the project and support OpenMandriva, please consider joining our team or making a donation.

OM Welcome
OpenMandriva Welcome application
OpenMandriva and KInfocenter
Desktop Preset Selector
OpenMandriva Desktop Preset Selector (om-feeling-like)
Software Repository Selector
OpenMandriva Software Repository Selector (om-repo-picker)
OpenMandriva and Krita digital painting software
OpenMandriva and Calamares installer

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