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First impressions of Mageia Linux

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MAGEIA, the plucky fork of the Red Hat based French and Brazilian Linux distribution Mandriva, was released on 1 June.

Since we've been using Mandriva for several years, we were curious to see how it turned out. So we downloaded the Mageia DVD, installed it on a spare desktop drive and a Thinkpad T42 and gave it a spin. What follows below are our first impressions of the initial release of Mageia.

As you'd expect, the installation process is almost identical to Mandriva's, and it is quite versatile. If you download either the 32-bit or 64-bit DVD (or Bittorrent) file, you can burn it to disc and install from that.

If you don't have a DVD drive or don't want to install from a DVD, you can also download the boot.iso file and burn that to a mini-CD, then install Mageia from the DVD file on disk.

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