Several writers have shared that they tried Mageia Linux as a replacement for a current distro that was not living up to expectations. I use Mageia 7 on all my servers, desktops and laptops. Mageia 6 will be supported until September 30th, 2019. It arrives two years after the release of Mageia 6 -- so unsurprisingly, the changelog is fairly long. Choose the program thats right for you. There is also a KDE Plasma desktop version and some foot thing. Mageia is packed with the newest application versions. Mageia is equally forgiving on other hardware configurations. Mageia is a user-friendly modern community-made Linux distribution with Xfce, KDE Plasma and GNOME editions. Cinnamon 4.0 is a full-featured desktop alternative popularized by the developers of Linux Mint. We tested and reviewed the Xfce desktop version and found it to be somewhat unpolished. Reviews; Mageia is a user friendly, desktop-oriented Linux distribution. Mageia can use all major desktop environments. The set of the "Core" media along with "Core Release" and "Core Updates" are enabled by default. It is an ideal method for installing, updating or removing software packages without a graphical user interface, or GUI. Mageia draws from three different repositories or media types. Mageia is one name that is frequently mentioned. The choices include afterstep, awesome, dwm, fluxbox, fvwm2, fvwm-crystal, i3, icewm, jwm, matchbox, openbox, pekwm, sugar, swm and windowmaker. Mageia 7 comes with a huge variety of desktops and window managers, improved support for Wayland and hybrid graphics cards. Thus; it is what we used for the purpose of this review. 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). Xfce 4.13 comes with GTK+3 instead of GTK+2, used in version 4.12. Mageia uses urpmi, a command line tool for managing packages and repositories. It's simply not slick enough. It can query, install, verify, upgrade and remove software packages. First you choose the disk to install to. It comes with a variety of desktops and window managers. The operating system is at a very early stage, so it shouldn't be used for normal day to day use -- there will be bugs. It also includes all the binary firmware blobs required for many of the Linux kernel's free drivers. Mageia does not have SELinux or any other hardening security-framework. These contain closed-source software. He has written numerous reviews of Linux distros and other open source software. Mageia 7 also features a wide range of desktop environments and window managers, but it's shipped in three main editions with the KDE Plasma 5.15.4, GNOME 3.32, and Xfce 4.14pre desktops. Mageia Linux does not strap you with a take-it-or-leave-it desktop mandate. Disk encryption is the most basic security feature. If you want to download Mageia 7 and try it for yourself, you can get the ISO here. No easy way to do full disk encryption during installation is a deal-breaker. And use the Reader Comments feature below to provide your input! Many of the volunteered comments describe Linux distros that are good bets to try because they present little or no hassle. The Enlightenment task package comes with E22.4 and Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL). Mageia is a community-based Linux distribution, for desktop & server. For a full MATE Desktop experience, install the task-mate package after initial installation. Summing up, Mageia is a good operating system derived from Mandriva. The Mageia distro is a powerhouse Linux OS filled with features and options unmatched in other Linux versions. It is much like the apt-get tool in Debian-based distros. When you need help using Mageia, invoke the application from the main menu. End-users can choose from KDE and GNOME 64 bit Live DVD editions, 32 bit and 64 bit Xfce live DVD editions, and any environment in the full DVD installation edition.. Various different ISOs are available. Urpmi handles dependencies automatically. Note that we're still adding issues from the list of bugs in our Bugzilla that still need an errata entry for Mageia 7. This latest version, released July 1, is a serious contender to replace whatever OS is on your hard drive now. Maybe there's a fix for this but there's a post for it in their forum with zero replies. Mageia is not a rolling release distribution. Indeed, at this point the distro proceeded to actually build the 340.xx driver, and while this did take a little time, it was a success. urpmi is what you will be using in terminal emulators.