Mageia started in September 2010 as a fork of Mandriva Linux, and now has all kinds of ways to download ‘n install the 7.1 stable version…plus, there is a Beta 8 version if you’re into testing new stuff.

I first tried the Mageia-7.1-netinstall-nonfree-x86_64 iso, but as mentioned in Karmi’s Daily Blog Log the installation failed after running for hours. Am not sure what happened, but my ISP is HughesNet satellite ‘n my “Anytime Data” ran out last week…that may have been part of the problem. Anyway, I downloaded the Mageia-7.1-Live-GNOME-x86_64 iso later and everything went great with it.

After installation, I found the bootup process to be slow, but everything is fast after you reach the Desktop. It offers a Fulltime Linux Root User login as well as the Standard Password Dependent User login…it forces you to create the standard user, but I am a fulltime Linux root user so didn’t do much testing of the standard password dependent user section.

‘Live’ USB bootup offered to install the Nvidia GeForce 1660 driver and it was automatically installed to the SSD full installation. A smooth Distro from ‘Live’ testing to the final Desktop…yes, smooooooooth! Only problem I found in the root section was no speakers…speakers worked in the standard user section, but like many Linux Distros that offer root logins the speakers didn’t work in Mageia root section. Will add Mageia to the “These have minor issues” section of the Distros w/ *NO* “Authenticate” popup or other ‘Pesky Passwords’ page.

Am not sure why root has speaker problems, but standard user doesn’t; however, it seems to be the Starship/Matisse HD Audio Controller ‘wHaTeVeR’ doesn’t get support in root. Great little Distro for Linux users who are password dependent tho, IMHO!

Here is a pic of the system info:

Here is a pic of the root Desktop:

I installed the GNOME DE iso version, which then allows me to install the GNOME Shell Extension’s Dash to Panel, for that MS Windows ‘Look’; however, the Arc Menu extension wouldn’t work in either root or standard section.

Also, Mageia recognized my Pantum printer, but not the Ubuntu driver for it…which is the only Pantum Linux driver I know of. In the software section, it does mention HP, Lexmark and Epson printers, which is unusual for a Linux Distro to do. It also mentions scanners and scanner settings. Strong possibility that a printer and/or scanner would be easy to find for Mageia.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!