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Old 10. May 2011, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In just under three weeks now, the Mandriva fork Mageia will drop it's first release.

http://mageia.org/en/

I picked up the test ISO yesterday and it sure looks Mandriva familiar. I don't see this as being a bad thing as by all accounts the original is going in a different direction and already causing a few rumbles in the jungle. Maybe they should join forces with Ubuntu That said, enough will like and others will move on, but where does that leave Mageia?

I guess we won't know until after the final hits enough PC's to provide some diverse and reliable feedback. There's also some awesome KDE competition from Pardus and despite Ubuntu giving Gnome the old heave-ho, plenty of others distros do this and do it very well. Who said Mint?

We're almost looking at a parallel with OpenOffice and LibreOffice here and it will be interesting to see what the Mageia result turns out. It's all very well having constructive doubts about the hand behind the distro, but to fork it successfully needs much more than just a collection of loyalists dragged kicking and screaming from the original pile

Stability will be one key because most Linux distros now come with this as standard. So will software availability and the efficiency with which it can be delivered and installed. I really do hope these guys make it because the personal commitment is there for all to see.

Good luck Mageia
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Old 12. May 2011, 01:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Just a bit off topic but I've been giving Mandriva a test drive and although it did a much better job at handling my hardware then before it still handles multimedia poorly. I'm very interested in Mageia because it looks like someone is picking up the torch to bring a worthy concept into the modern era. I will be sure to try it when the final release is available. I'm downloading OpenSuse for my next experiment.

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I'm downloading OpenSuse for my next experiment.

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I don't have much time to look at Linux at the moment, but inspired by the last part of this statement....

"Kanotix is a rock-solid Linux based on Debian, which contains the newest packages and recognizes more modern hardware than any other operating system in use today".

... I will be taking a look at this one over the next couple of days

http://kanotix.com/changelang-eng.html
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Thanks for the link. I tend to like anything Debian because I cut my teeth on Simply Mepis which is based on Debian. Kanotix seems a little heavy weighing in at 1.2 but that may not be a bad thing considering its preloaded to run on any computer so its pretty much designed to hit the road running. When I look back on the distro's I've been test driving they may have been 600-700 Meg downloads but then they update with hundreds of files. Mandriva downloaded 409 files for its update

I now realize I will be trying out many more distro's and its no longer to determine what my new system will be, For that I will probably flip a coin to decide between Ubuntu or Mint.
Now that I have some experience with VirtualBox I will be trying out distro's for many years to come because there are so many now with new distro's popping up daily. I see no end in sight.

As of now I have a short list of distro's to try next which includes OpenSuse, Scientific, PCLinuxOS and Knoppix.

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Mageia 5 released
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I'm curious 1) if anyone is using Mageia currently; and 2) if I should go with KDE or Gnome for Mageia?

I'm considering either Mageia or Lbuntu for an older laptop that my wife is no longer using.

Thoughts?
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this pc is dual booting Mageia 5 KDE & Mint 17x Mate.

both are very stable,

the only extra item, is LibreOffice 5 has been added, to both.
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I'm curious 1) if anyone is using Mageia currently; and 2) if I should go with KDE or Gnome for Mageia?

I'm considering either Mageia or Lbuntu for an older laptop that my wife is no longer using.

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Depends on the power of the laptop as KDE is quite a bit more demanding. Graphics drivers can also be an issue with older hardware. Best plan is to try a live session of each. This should identify any major issues before you commit to an installation. IMO Lubuntu would be easily the better choice because it also has a help section and alternative installation CD's for older and low powered hardware.
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Thanks guys for your thoughts and suggestions.

I realized that I probably ought to define "old". This laptop is a dual-core AMD Turion 2.5 GHz processor with 4 GB of RAM. It is currently running Windows 10 with no problems. (I use it as a test machine.)

Mageia runs beautifully in a live session. Unfortunately, I downloaded the iso several months ago and now I don't remember if it's KDE or Gnome....
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