In the past year I wrote about Mageia 5: a Mandriva Linux fork that fills the void left behind after Mandriva S.A. (the company behind Mandriva Linux) ceased to exist. With version 5 release, the Mageia project reached a milestone and has become one of the most popular Linux distributions. A polished look and a wide choice of desktop environments make this distribution appealing to newcomers and “distro-hoppers” alike. Fast forward to now: a year and a half later, a new version has been released:
This release is just an update to the previous one that packs newer software and the option to install the operating system on NVMe. Directly from the project’s blog:
We are very pleased to announce the release of Mageia 5.1. This release is a respin of the Mageia 5 installation and live ISO images, based on the Mageia 5 repository and incorporating all updates to allow for an up-to-date installation without the need to install almost a year-and-a-half worth of updates. It is therefore recommended for new installations and upgrades from Mageia 4. If you are currently running Mageia 5 then there is no need to install Mageia 5.1 as it is the same as your system, provided that updates have been installed. Mageia 5.1 ships with many updated packages, including LibreOffice 4.4.7, Linux kernel 4.4.32, KDE4 4.14.5, GNOME 3.14.3 and countless other updates.
It is also noteworthy the fact that version 5 does not require a fresh installation of Mageia 5.1 since this version is just a pack of updates, much like a service pack for Windows. Hence, if you want to install Mageia 5.1 you can still use this tutorial from the previous version. Another important thing to state is that this operating system still works for 32 bit machines making it suitable even for older computers. According to the release notes, this version will be maintained until three months before version 6 release which isn’t yet due. If you’re curious about Mageia 6 development you can find more information on the official Wiki.
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