As many users in the community know, the Mandriva Linux distribution was forked a few months ago to form Mageia. This is a community driven effort to setup a properly organised and people-powered version of our favourite distro. I've personally not had nearly as much time to concentrate on helping the efforts here as I'd have like (various work and real life things getting in the way), but I've been stunned by the amount of time, effort and good will piling into the project from all corners. Various Mandriva contributors, both past and present have helped set things up and today I was able to update and reboot into my new operating system!
[colin@jimmy ~]$ uname -a
Linux jimmy 2.6.37-desktop-3.mga #1 SMP Tue Jan 25 14:16:42 UTC 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
[colin@jimmy ~]$ cat /etc/mageia-release
Mageia release 1 (Cauldron) for x86_64
Yay! Now I should be able to step up the pace of my contributions as I find it much easier and more natural to work and test as I go on my own computer rather than in a virtualised environment.
Personally I upgraded my computer from Cooker which I had frozen in a pre-rpm5 state, diligently not doing any updates despite wanting several newer packages (esp the latest Firefox 4 beta). The upgrade itself went fairly smoothly, but had some hiccups. These were mostly solved when I realised I still had a bunch of stuff in my urpmi skip.list and cleaned it out (I had various rpm things in there to prevent rpm5 being accidentally installed - I'm sure it'll be good eventually, but I'll hold off for a little while :)).
So now I can update my computer again, the magic can return! Mageia has arrived!!!