LDD: Mageia 2 available

We dive once more into the magical world of "The Twilight Zone (LDD): There is Linux beyond Ubuntu." This time we share a screencast about the recently released Mageia 2.


In the beginning, there was Mandrake Linux. A distribution that was known to be the Ubuntu of then: popular, easy to use and boasted of being the ideal distribution for "newbies". Mandrake later teamed up with Conectiva to form Mandriva. Since then, the financial strangulation that has hit the company caused on September 18, 2010 a group of former Mandriva employees, with the support of community members, to create a fork of Mandriva Linux, that is, a new one. community-led distribution called Mageia.

Paradoxically, as we announced a few days ago, Mandriva Linux announced that control of the project will return to the community, which has already generated speculation about the possible unification of Mageia and Mandriva.

Mageia 2 main features

Minimum requirements:

  • Processor: any AMD, Intel, or VIA processor;
  • Memory (RAM): 512MB minimum, 2GB recommended;
  • Hard disk (HDD): 1GB for a minimum installation, 6GB for a complete installation;
  • Optical drive: CD or DVD depending on the ISO you use (a network card or USB port may also be required, depending on the installation system you choose);
  • Graphics card: any ATI, Intel, Matrox, nVidia, SiS or VIA;
  • Sound card: any AC97, HDA or Sound Blaster.

As in other distros, for the correct functioning of certain hardware it is necessary to install the proprietary drivers, which are available in the “nonfree” repositories.

Based on: standalone (originally Mandriva-based)

Desktop environments: comes with KDE4 SC 4.8.2 installed by default. However, the other popular desktop environments are available in the repositories for installation: GNOME 3.4, XFCE 4.9, LXDE, Razor-Qt, E17.

Versions: there is a version to install on PCs and another for servers. It can be run as a Live CD.

Package system: RPM (urpmi)

Installation: comes with a graphical wizard to make installation very easy.

Supports Spanish: yes.

Visual tour

Official project page: magic linux
Project Wiki: Mageia Linux Wiki

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  1.   René lopez said

    Very good video ..
    Quite explanatory, like the previous ones.
    Waiting for the Sabayon 9 review ..

  2.   Let's use Linux said

    It's true ... the point is that all of that should be in one place. On the other hand, some functionalities are repeated, for example the language configuration, etc.
    The configuration center should be only one ... that is very difficult to do in Linux by its very nature (everything is a program) but hey ...
    A hug! Paul.

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  4.   Courage said

    Very good introduction, because Mageia is light years ahead of Ubuntu

  5.   VaryHeavy said

    On the subject of the «confusion» between the Mageia Control Center and the KDE Systemsettings, to say that they are not repeated applications that serve the same purpose, since the Mageia Control Center serves to configure the system while the KDE Systemsettings KDE is intended to configure the desktop environment, which are not the same

  6.   Courage said

    Man what I can tell you is that it is based on Slackware and uses Pacman as a package manager.

    It has two branches:

    - Current (rolling)
    - Stable

  7.   Joshua Hernandez Rivas said

    about The Unknown Dimension ,,, I have been looking for Frugalware information for a long time, very little was designed