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DistroWatch.com: Mageia

Mageia

Last Update: 2017-05-24 15:20 UTC


Mageia is a fork of Mandriva Linux formed in September 2010 by former employees and contributors to the popular French Linux distribution. Unlike Mandriva, which is a commercial entity, the Mageia project is a community project and a non-profit organisation whose goal is to develop a free Linux-based operating system.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 17 (523), 6 months: 20 (496), 3 months: 21 (464), 4 weeks: 27 (388), 1 week: 28 (388)

Average visitor rating: 8.94/10 from 16 review(s).


Mageia Summary
Distribution Mageia
Home Page http://www.mageia.org/
Mailing Lists https://www.mageia.org/mailman/
User Forums https://forums.mageia.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://wiki.mageia.org/
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Download Mirrors http://mageia.org/en/downloads/
http://mirrors.mageia.org/
Bug Tracker http://bugs.mageia.org/
Related Websites Mageia PlanetWikipediaMageia BrazilMageia ChinaMageia Czech RepublicMageia FranceMageia GreeceMageia ItalyMageia RussiaMageia ThailandMageia Turkey
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-05-25: Development Release: Mageia 6 RC
 • 2017-03-07: Development Release: Mageia 6 Sta 2
 • 2016-12-03: Distribution Release: Mageia 5.1
 • 2016-07-01: Development Release: Mageia 6 Sta 1
 • 2016-03-31: Development Release: Mageia 6 Dev 1
 • 2015-06-20: Distribution Release: Mageia 5
 • 2015-04-27: Development Release: Mageia 5 RC
 • 2015-02-14: Development Release: Mageia 5 Beta 3
 • 2015-01-16: Development Release: Mageia 5 Beta 2
 • 2014-11-12: Development Release: Mageia 5 Beta 1
 • 2014-08-15: Development Release: Mageia 5 Alpha 2
 • 2014-07-09: Development Release: Mageia 5 Alpha 1
 • More Mageia releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-02-20 Mageia 6 delayed
 •2016-09-05 Mageia adopts DNF
 • More Mageia headlines...

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Feature cauldron 5.1 4.1 3 2 1
Release Date 2017-05-24 2016-12-02 2014-06-20 2013-05-19 2012-05-22 2011-06-01
End Of Life -- 2016-12 2015-09 2014-11 2013-11 2012-12
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free
CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD
Free Download RPMs ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE
Package Management RPM (urpmi) RPM (urpmi) RPM (urpmi) RPM (urpmi) RPM (urpmi) RPM (urpmi)
Office Suite GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice
Processor Architecture i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64 i586, x86_64
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Full Package List cauldron 5.1 4.1 3 2 1
Package cauldron 5.1 4.1 3 2 1
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.1 3.0.0 3.0.0 2.9.4 2.9.2 2.8.6
alsa-lib (1.1.4) 1.1.4 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.26 1.0.25 1.0.24.1
ati-driver (16.40) -- 15.302 14.010.1006 12.104 -- --
bash (4.4) 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2
bind (9.11.1) 9.10.5 9.10.3-P4 9.9.4-P2 9.9.2-P2 9.9.0 9.8.0-P1
chromium (58.0.3029.110) 57.0.2987.133 53.0.2785.143 33.0.1750.146 26.0.1410.65 18.0.1025.168 --
cups (2.2.3) 2.2.3 2.0.4 1.7.0 1.5.4 1.5.2 1.4.6
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.5 4.3.3-P1 4.2.5-P1 4.2.5-P1 4.2.3-P2 4.2.1-P1
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.42.12 1.42.9 1.42.7 1.42.2 1.41.14
firefox (53.0.3) 52.1.2 45.5.0 24.5.0 17.0.5 10.0.4 4.0.1
freetype (2.8) 2.7.1 2.5.4 2.5.0.1 2.4.11 2.4.9 2.4.4
gcc (7.1.0) 5.4.0 4.9.2 4.8.2 4.7.2 4.6.3 4.5.2
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22 2.8.14 2.8.6 2.8.2 2.8.0 2.6.11
glibc (2.25) 2.22 2.20 2.18 2.17 2.14.1 2.12.1
gnome-shell (3.24.2) 3.24.2 3.14.3 3.10.2.1 3.6.3.1 3.4.1 --
gnucash (2.6.16) 2.6.16 -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.34 1.12.20 1.12.9 1.12.0 1.11.3 1.10.14
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02git 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97
gtk+ (3.22.15) 3.22.15 3.14.8 3.10.6 3.6.4 3.4.1 2.24.4
httpd (2.4.25) 2.4.25 2.4.10 2.4.7 2.4.4 2.2.22 2.2.17
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.92.1 0.91 0.48.4 0.48.4 0.48.3.1 0.48.1
k3b (17.04.1) 2.10.0 2.0.3a 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2 2.0.2
kmod (24) 24 18 15 12 7 --
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1
libreoffice (5.3.3) 5.3.3 4.4.7 4.1.5 4.0.3 3.5.3 3.3.2
linux (4.11.2) 4.9.29 4.4.30 3.12.21 3.8.13 3.3.6 2.6.38.7
Package cauldron 5.1 4.1 3 2 1
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.2 0.99.0 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5git
mariadb (10.2.6) 10.1.23 10.0.28 5.5.37 5.5.28 5.5.23 --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.8.1 1.6.2 -- -- --
mesa (17.1.0) 17.0.5 10.5.9 10.0.5 9.1.2 8.0.2 7.10.2
mysql (5.7.18) -- -- -- -- -- 5.5.10
nautilus (3.24.1) 3.24.1 3.14.2 3.10.1 3.6.3 3.4.1 2.32.2.1
NVIDIA (381.22) 375.66 352.79 325.15 319.17 -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.4.11.2
openjdk (8u131) -- 8u45 8u111 7u19 6b24 6b22
openssh (7.5p1) 7.5p1 6.6p1 6.2p2 6.1p1 5.9p1 5.8p1
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.2k 1.0.2j 1.0.1e 1.0.1e 1.0.0j 1.0.0d
perl (5.24.1) 5.22.3 5.20.1 5.18.1 5.16.3 5.14.2 5.12.3
php (7.1.5) 5.6.30 5.6.27 5.5.12 5.4.13 5.3.13 5.3.6
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) 5.8.6 -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.0) 3.1.4 2.10.3 2.10.2 2.9.6 2.8.8 2.7.4
postgresql (9.6.3) 9.6.3 9.3.14 9.3.4 9.2.4 9.1.3 8.4.8
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.13 2.7.9 2.7.6 2.7.3 2.7.3 2.7.1
qt (5.8.0) 4.8.7 4.8.6 4.8.6 4.8.4 4.8.1 4.7.3
samba (4.6.4) 4.5.9 3.6.25 3.6.23 3.6.15 3.6.5 3.5.8
systemd (233) 230 217 208 195 44 --
thunderbird (52.1.1) 52.1.1 45.4.0 24.5.0 17.0.5 10.0.4 3.1.10
vim (8.0) 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.3
vlc (2.2.6) 3.0.0 2.2.4 2.1.2 2.0.6 2.0.1 --
xfdesktop (4.12.3) 4.12.3 4.12.0 4.10.2 4.10.2 4.9.0 4.8
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3 1.16.4 1.14.5 1.13.4 1.11.4 1.10.1

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
8.9
from 16 review(s)



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Version: 5.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-05-19
Votes: 1


One of the great things about Mageia is the amount of Desktop environments they let you choose from. Want Fluxbox? You have Fluxbox. Want KDE? You have KDE. Want IceWM? YOU CAN FREAKING HAVE, ICEWM!

It's a very well put together Distro as well, not too bloated! Stable as a rock with my testings, so any problem you run in to is most likely just with the Desktop Environment.

I don't know a whole lot about Mandriva, but if it's anything like this I can see why so many people miss it!


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Version: 5.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-05-05
Votes: 0


It's stable, pretty, has most necessary application support and is simple and intuitive to use and what's more, usually quite simple to configure. As someone who uses multiple non Latin scripts at times, the ease of installing these is what first attracted me to this. I've been using it on my two desktop machines (along with OpenSuse which I now hardly ever use), and also on a laptop and I'm very happy.

Cons - it's development cycle has been slipping further and further. This means that some useful new software versions are not available. The help pages sometimes are basic.


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Version: 5.1
Rating: 6
Date: 2017-04-29
Votes: 0


Three most important features a Windows junkie needs in a Linux distribution:

1. INTUITIVE GRAPHICAL MENU. Mageia uses KDE so mostly succeeds here. Your average Windows user hates typing. It's not a question of being unlearned. It's a question of 'golly, we don't WANT to learn computer programming, just to do our real job'.

2. ELEVATED PRIVILEGES PER SESSION: for us, working in Linux is a necessity to correct the almost daily Windows glitches. So we're constantly doing things to files which more nervous distros like Linux Mint, make into a wrestling match, constantly prompting for passwords, even when signed in as administrator. Fortunately Mageia, like the erstwhile Mandriva and full monty PCLinuxOS, uses 'Control Center' which actually lets you CONFIGURE when to be prompted. Can't tell you how much better that is. For me it's a deal breaker if I have to keep providing my password every time I want to do something an overprotective distro finds potentially destructive. MY COMPUTER MY FREEDOM TO MESS IT UP IF I WANT TO. Nuff said.

3. EXPLANATIONS. No offense, but those 'man pages' are poorly organized, as is Linux for Dummies, and most other Linux material. The folks in the community so love their jargon, it's offputting to those who don't breathe Linux 24/7. So it is very helpful when someone deigns to actually ORGANIZE and DESCRIBE what the functions in Linux are. So I can quickly do what I must and then do my real job. God bless all programmers, and they should probably be paid twice what they get in paychecks: but they are very bad at organizing material for a non-techie reader to learn or use in a distro.

Those are the good things. The bad things are the reverse of the above, and also three, but I'm allowed no more room to write. Just know instances which reverse the 3 above, also exist,.



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