I have been using Mageia 5 since it came out. The system have seen a lot of abuse and has been STABLE as a rock. The only distro that I can work without crashes and annoying bugs... and I used a lot of distros. My 2 cents are:
- STABLE (Debian stable crashed several times on me ... go figure) and easy to use
- Homogenious repositories (no need of ppas, external repos, rpmfusions, epels etc and unsecure ext repos)
- Mageia control center-awesome GUI system adminstration (only openSUSE can compete with this)
- Excellent out-of-the box experience (installed on two machines 9 and 2 years old, no driver problem)
- new kernel (4.4.50 LTS), relatively new packge versions (not like Debian stable or CentOS .. ancient versions)
- For gamers - supported Steam and Wine2.3 staging version ... abused with heavy games as Skyrim, Witcher, DeadSpace, AssinsCreed2, EVEOnline etc - No problemos!
- It is not USA based distro LOL (SNA, CIA .. u know), its French ... o la la :)
- Active forum support
- Did I say stable? ... yes its STABLE and relatively fast
- It was born out of Mandriva.
- No LTS version for Mageia
- It is one of the most underated distros, imo.
- Rpm packages from Fedora, openSUSE are not always compatible
I used Mandriva for many years. Then changed to Mandriva on all my computers. I use Magiea everyday and everything works well: wifi on different cards/usb/etc, Samba, NFS, network, help Windowsusers restore lost disks, you name it. On the computer I am using right now I have Cauldron since half a year.
The main use of this machine is music production. I use Ardour. It is perfect with two monitors and a R16 as audio face.
For graphics production I use a laptop and and extra big monitor. have printed many things.
It has been at least ten years now since I erased Windows out of my life.
Due to me fiddeling now and then I can end up getting stuck or even loosing partitions. Entirely my own fault and not on production machines. In Mageia it is a breeze to restore with a net install disk: rescue. Many options to solve problems.
The computers that run whitout disturbance from med runs year after year.
But I only use my computers for work purpose. I do not have time for playing or killing time in front of a screen.
OK,perhaps I am biased, hence I rate Mageia with a 10. I Love Mageia, and that is not a socialized lie.
Version: 5.1 Rating: 10 Date: 2017-01-27 Votes: 0
I am a grown up linux user and Mageia has all what I need and it works perfectly fine.
Updates are available and I was even able to use my GFX1080 on 5.1.
Release cycle are adequate, slower than other distro but quality seems to prime, so ok for me.
Version: 5.1 Rating: 10 Date: 2017-01-24 Votes: 2
I've been using Mageia as a main desktop system on my laptop since about the time version 5 came out and have been fairly impressed. It's very stable, has almost no problems, & makes a very good desktop.
Very nice system admin tool with the Mageia control center; very stable and a good amount of polish on the desktop; lots of software in the repos.
Not quite as much desktop polish as some others (could use a nicer installer & new software center etc.); installing outside software can be a bit of a pain if you don't know what your doing (I needed Chrome for Netflix & had to work a fair amount to get it to stop complaining about security signatures); ???? (no other issues I can think of besides minor bugs).
Version: 5.1 Rating: 8 Date: 2017-01-22 Votes: 0
Not very out-of-the-box (no Broadcom wireless, for example) and its repositories are missing several popular pieces of software. Despite this it is stable and has efficient graphical tools for system management. Very old pieces of software in its repositories too, like it still uses KDE 4 (even though KDE Plasma 5 came out in mid 2014).
Version: 5.1 Rating: 10 Date: 2017-01-21 Votes: 6
Great distro for beginners, stable, and easy to use. Virtually all setup and maintenance can be done through the Mageia Control Center. Everything from hardware, Samba, NFS, to even setting up a network scanner with Sane!
So reliable and easy to use my 73 year old mom uses it daily on an old Toshiba Laptop from the Vista era. Mageia with Mate is still responsive even on that hardware.
This is a fine descendant of the old Mandrake Linux.