The Magic is Born -> Mageia 1 Released

by Susan Linton - Jun. 02, 2011Comments (6)

mageiaThe inaugural release of the new Mandriva-fork, Mageia, made its debut today. In just nine short months this new distribution sprang up from a single idea to come to fruition. This admirable feat shows the strong commitment and abilities of the founders and developers. Thanks to them today we, the Linux community, have another distribution from which to choose. Yippee.

Mageia was born out of the uncertainty of Mandriva's future. Mandriva S.A. was having financial problems yet again and many worried this was actually the end this time. Well, Mandriva scraped up some investors and was saved, but Mageia was already dancing through Anne Nicolas' head. Despite Mandriva's reprieve, she and several ex-employees of and contributors to Mandriva got together and gave birth to Mageia. A distribution they described as "not dependent on the economic fluctuations and erratic, unexplained strategic moves of the company" (referring to Mandriva S.A.). And today we are the recipient. Mageia 1 has been released.




Mageia 1 is based on Mandriva 2010 and naturally feels very much like Mandriva. They began with the stable Mandriva base in order to create their build systems. From here the true fork will begin to emerge. As such Mageia 1 features KDE 4.6.3, GNOME 2.32.1, Firefox 4.0.1, Linux, X.Org X Server 1.10.1, GCC 4.5.2, and loads and loads of other software.




Downloads come in full DVD or desktop-specific Live CDs in 32- and 64-bit architectures. Now, I've had trouble booting the Live images (as in they won't boot for me), but when looking around the forums I gathered I'm the only one. The full DVD works just fine and I performed an upgrade from the last Mageia Release Candidate. That only took like seven or eight minutes and appears to be a complete success. You can upgrade from Mandriva 2010, but if you try to upgrade from Cooker it'll probably fail in one way or another.

Some statistics from the Website are:

* 100+ contributors in 10+ teams
* 180+ generous donors of 11.700+ EUR
* 7.389 source packages
* 2 × 14.226 binary packages
* in 161 languages

Their Website also says, "Mageia is about people - the people who make and the people who use Mageia the Linux distribution." In fact, the installer slideshow says the same thing. They probably say it best with "We're completely community based, with everything that implies."

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I agree that Mageia-the-distro is a superb technical feat.

But a quick look around Mageia's forums shows that Mageia leadership is actively distrustful and contemptuous of their users. In this sense, Mageia is little more than a change in wallpaper.

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"actively distrustful and contemptuous of their users"

Wow. Could you elaborate on this with references so we can consider and fix this? as a co-founder, board member, contributor and user, I'm curious. That's not really what we triggered the whole thing for.

Maybe you're refering to one single episode about some forum config option and the way it was first considered by one of the forum admins and how it went to a clash? Yes - that kind of thing does happen, anytime, anywhere - now the only thing is how we escalate and deal with it. It's been escalated to the project's Council and discussed; and although it needs some more consideration in the release post-mortem (yes, that was bad, I totally agree), we did think through it and have to make more clear what we expect from us and everyone in this community.

As you talk about leadership, it's worth noting that leadership, in Mageia, is given, not taken; it rotates every year (1/3 for the board and potentially the whole council and team leaders) and is elected by/from contributors. So fixing something going bad in the project is totally at reach here; the "only" walls to go through are peer recognition, having a plan and acceptance.

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Congratulation to the Mageia team!

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You aren't the only one who can't boot the Live images. I downloaded them all and none worked - but I did find something interesting that did.

I tried out each of the live images and burnt them to CD and also tried using Unetbootin to put them on a thumbdrive. Nothing.

Then I tried booting one last time from usb - and it started up from USB, then stopped about 1/3 through and switched over to the LiveCD I had left in my drive. It booted the rest of the way and I got to the desktop. Odd to say the least. I have repeated this since and it works every time.

Fails on either the CD or the USB alone, will boot fine with both inserted into my machines. Im going to submit this on the forums.

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"Thanks to them today we, the Linux community, have another distribution from which to choose. "

Don't you mean

"Thanks to them today we, the Linux community, have yet another distribution that will further segement the Linux community, causing more compatibility problems, less unity and standardization which is need to take linux mainstream, dilute the pool of talented developers who could be working together to actually come up with a distro that could challenge the likes of OSX and Windows and become the predominant OS for users and businesses alike."

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Mageia is dead on arrival. The initial community excitement was killed when many community suggestions were either ignored or answered with a NO we aren't going to do it that way. The same old same from the same old same.

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