ROSA Desktop 2012: Towards the Release

ROSA Desktop 2012 RC

ROSA Team announce ROSA Desktop 2012 Release Candidate

The work on the new generation of ROSA Desktop operating system is coming to its end. Release candidate is the fourth and the last test version of the distribution. Since the alpha release in August, 2012 developers have significantly improved stability of the system, fixed all critical issues and added support for a wide range of modern hardware.


Among the changes implemented by company engineers especially for the release candidate of ROSA Desktop 2012, one should highlight significant updates in the semantic desktop tool (TimeFrame) and improvements in the GRUB2 boot loader. And GRUB2 modifications have been already accepted by upstream.

Experiments with design were continued, as well. They concerned both general graphics theme and standalone applications, as well as dozens of new icons. Thanks to the work done, the system obtained more modern appearance and was even favored with review from designers of Art. Lebedev Studio.

The Release candidate includes fresh versions of major system components and user software. It is the emphasis on fresh software versions that makes the major distinction between ROSA Desktop 2012 and other items from the company's product line. To highlight this fact, we are planning to slightly modify the “ROSA Desktop 2012” name in the final release. The final name will be announced at the official product presentation at the end of December, 2012.




RosaLab Blog



Software updates:

  • Kernel 3.6.7 with nrj patches to improve work at Desktops. Vanilla, PAE and RT kernels are available in repositories, as well.
  • Kernels with CK1 +BFS +BFQ +TOI support are prepared, as well
  • XServer 13 with the latest drivers. When migrating to a new version, we have tried to preserve support for old video cards as much as possible.
  • Mesa 9
  • Systemd 194
  • Dracut 024
  • Grub 2
  • Qt4 4.8.4
  • Plasma Desktop 4.9.4
  • Firefox 17
  • Thunderbird 17
  • LibreOffice 3.6.2
  • Chromium 23.0.1271.95
  • ffmpeg 1.0.1
  • RPM 5.4.10
  • gcc 4.7
  • glibc 2.15

The latest versions of firmware and proprietary drivers are available in repositories, as well.


Link for download:


A list of known issues with the release candidate can be found here:
Errata ROSA Desktop 2012


ROSA Linux Bugzilla:



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