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Mageia 4 Release | GNOME Edition

I had used Mageia 3 through Cauldron (  Mageia development version ) around a year ago, and I was optimistic that this distro would achieve something really good. A year later, I don’t think that Mageia earned the popularity that their development team was expecting. Mageia is one of the most advertised distros, and it has a very active community, but I am not sure if they can compete distros like Arch and Ubuntu.

I barely know to use urpmi ( Mageia Updating Tool ), I am not using Mageia to know how good is, so I just go with some screenshots.

mageia4-installation  

Mageia has a typical easy installation, but it also lets you to pick some “weird” options like Grub1, Grub2 or even Lilo!

Partitioning also feels quite straight forward.

mageia4-grub2  

Grub2 with graphical menu. There is also an option for a Grub2, with simple text entries.

mageia4-welcome  

The welcome screen is here to help new comers on Mageia but also to give some information about the community and the project.

mageia4-tweak  

Clearly affected from KDE which is the “primary” Desktop. Tweak Tool comes with lots of themes and some extensions, that are disabled by default.

 mageia4-software  

The package manager. Yet another GNOME 3.10 distro that doesn’t ship GNOME Software App. Software doesn’t either exist in Mageia’s repositories.The manager itself is way to complicated.

 mageia4-gcc  

Awful default theming and doublicating Control Center functionality with other tools.

 mageia4-lang  

Speaking of doublication, Mageia’s language tool isn’t any better than GNOME Settings functionality, but it still exists side by side…

 mageia4-apps  

I don’t know how soon Mageia will include GNOME 3.12, but those screens already belong to the past.

3.12 is coming in around 2 months, and it looks way to better ;)

 mageia4-control  

Probably Mageia’s strongest feature considering the UI. It offers from Parental Control, till system Snapshots! Simply AMAZING!

 mageia4-shell  

A typical default 3.10 GNOME Shell.

Mageia doesn’t give the best first sight GNOME Experience, but you can tweak it anyway. It is supposed to be a good distro. It’s free & easy to install, so if you have a spare disk, you can give it a shot!

Before you try it, check on release notes, and if you decide to download it consider to use the Torrent!

Mageia 4  Download    Mageia 4 Release Notes


 
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