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Mageia 1.0 review

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Mageia is a Linux distribution forked from Mandriva Linux by former contributors and members of Mandriva, As expected, there was a flurry of activities between the announcement of the fork of the distribution (on September 18, 2010) and the first official (stable) release (June 1, 2011). Teams had to be put together, servers and hosting and the required development environments set up, etc.

In the end, what we have is a community-driven and community-sponsored distribution in contrast to its parent distribution, which is controlled by a commercial entity. This article is a review of this new distribution and also marks its listing in the Desktop/Server Category on this website.

Desktop: All the test installations used for this review were carried out using a DVD and network-install image. That made it easy for me to test the GNOME and KDE desktops. This section, therefore, contains information about both desktop environments.

The GNOME desktop is powered by GNOME 2.32, with the familiar GNOME 2 interface. GNOME 3 is not in Mageia’s repository yet.

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