A Mag!cal D!stro called Mage!a

Ever since I got hooked on to Linux, I have noticed that Mageia Linux distribution (https://www.mageia.org/en/) was always listed among the top 10 distros on the Distrowatch website (http://distrowatch.com/).

However, I never got opportunity to try out the same as due to the size of ISO image file. In India, I always faced serious issues with internet connectivity and bandwidth. An ISO image file of size 3.6 GB would take almost a day to download with intermittent loss of internet connectivity.

After a many years of temptation and curiosity, finally over this weekend, I dared to download the ISO image. I downloaded the torrent file first (64bit classic installation from https://www.mageia.org/en/downloads/) and then the ISO image file.

Using the Parallels tools on my Macbook Pro, I quickly installed the Mageia Linux with XFCE desktop environment.

Mageia 5 supports multiple DEs – KDE, Gnome, Cinnamon, XFCE and Mate.

I am not great fan of XFCE but went ahead and installed as I wanted to try something different. I have Mint, Fedora with Cinnamon DE and Elementary OS with Pantheon DE already on my Macbook.

I tried out KDE couple of times with OpenSUSE Leap and Manjaro Linux. I had a feeling that KDE worked best on Manjaro Linux.

Anyways, the XFCE installation of Mageia Linux happened very smoothly without a glitch. Once this is done, I installed Parallels tools on Mageia manually.

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After struggling a little bit with the package manager, I realized that I need to un-check the CD-ROM Core Release option in the control center. After this, I ran the ‘update your system’ and updated to latest available packages (300+ packages were downloaded for more than 5 hour although I downloaded 3.6 GB of ISO image the previous day 😦

This shows the care taken by the community to keep the OS up to date.

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Once this is done, I have noticed the OS is very stable. It has by default the following applications installed and many more –

  • Ristretto Image viewer, GIMP
  • Claws Mail, Firefox browser
  • LibreOffice, Audacity, Gnome MPlayer, Parole Media Player
  • Engrampa Archieve manager, Tunar File Manager and Screenshot

I have installed the XFCE weather plugin and added the same to XFCE panel. Also Installed the Cairo Dock.

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Overall, Mageia looks like a stable and easy to use OS and worth trying it.

I am already liking it and joined the google plus community and plan to stick to it for the time being.




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