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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Another Linux distribution with an upcoming release I have been looking forward to made a Beta release. Mageia Linux 2 is on a fast track now, with the final Beta released a few days ago, the Release Candidate due in less than two weeks, and the final release due two weeks after that.
The distribution is available as a full install-DVD (over 3GB), a very minimal wired-network-only (not wireless) net install-CD (about 40MB), and a variety of Live CD images, each with specific groups of languages. I downloaded the "Europe 1" Live image, and installed it on my Fujitsu Lifebook S6510. Everything went very smoothly, there were no surprises, and it appears to work flawlessly. Those are good results for a Beta release.
A quick overview of some of the software included: