Mageia 5 released, take a look at the new Mandriva

Mageia Splash Art

After many years during this May Mandriva, the society behind the homonym Linux Distribution, declared that it was going to cease all the activities. Many tears were shed at its death, however long before the event, a fork of Mandriva Linux was born: Mageia. Today we are here to see the 5th version of this distribution.


As we said earlier Mageia was born in 2011 as a fork of Mandirva Linux, which was having financial problems. The principal need for this fork to be was the independence from the society (and its financial problems). The result was Mageia, a distribution aiming to Desktops, much like Mandriva, which shared many Mandriva developers. It is a fixed-release distribution to provide stability to end-users. For those who are wondering, Mageia means “Magic” in Greek.

Mageia 5

The new release of Mageia comes a year after the release of Mageia and brings few features. First of all is its UEFI support that enables easier installation on newer machines. In contrast to other distribution it comes with no flavours but one that encloses them all. So you can install multiple Desktop Environments from the same image (if you select the “install image” and not the live). It unfortunately features GNOME 3.14 and not 3.16. On the other side Mageia offers KDE Plasma 5.1.2. On the other side the are many minor desktop environments including LXDE, LXQt, XFCE 4.12, Cinnamon 2.4.5 and MATE 1.8.0. At its core Mageia comes with Linux 3.9.18. On the package side, Urpmi is used as package manager and RPM packages are used.


That’s it, if you’re willing to give this distribution a shot, follow my guide on how to install Mageia 5 in 10 easy steps!

Image courtesy of mark | marksei

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