The development of the Mageia 8 Linux distribution has again surpassed its estimated final release date (end of January 2021), which was previously revised last month during its Beta 2 release.
Nonetheless, continuing the slow and steady development, the first release candidate (RC1) of the upcoming Mandriva Linux-Based Mageia 8 has been announced.
The latest Mageia 8 RC1 comes with several core package updates such as:
Additionally, Mageia has removed support for Java 8 (though still available) and updated the Java stack to version 11.
It has also added improvements in the Netinstall ISO image, which now permits installation over Wi-Fi connections with WPA encryption.
Furthermore, Mageia 8 RC1 now uses the new GL Vendor Neutral Dispatch (GLVND) that lets you install Mesa and third-party GL drivers in parallel. It also enables additional performance and functionality for hybrid GPU configurations.
Another important change that Mageia 8 brings for AMD graphic cards based on the Southern Islands family and Sea Islands family is the change of default driver from old Radeon DRM driver to the new AMDGPU kernel driver.
If you want to test the Mageia 8 RC1 right now, grab the torrent file or direct ISO image of the pre-release from here. As usual, the images are available for both the 32-bit (with Xfce) and 64-bit (with Plasma, GNOME, and Xfce) systems.
Until its stable version arrives, you can also check out its official release notes to keep track of all new features coming in for Mageia 8.