One of the best moves I have ever made wid Linux is the recent move to KDE Plasma as my primary DE. The move has opened many more Linux OS options for me to test ‘n review, and since I rarely review the Submissive Linux Distros wid their annoying “Authenticate” popups or other pestering ‘Pesky Passwords’ anymore I was needing more options.

Mageia is a community-based Linux Distro, for desktop ‘n server. Mageia:

It was forked from the Mandriva Linux distribution. The Greek term mageía (μαγεία) means enchantment, fascination, glamour, wizardry.

This is my second review of Mageia, the first was Mageia 7.1 Linux back on 12/15/2020.

Installing Mageia 8

Downloaded the Mageia-8-Live-Plasma-x86_64.iso @ 3.35 GB.

Used balenaEtcher to create a bootable USB ‘Live’ installation media.

During bootup, at the Grub menu, it offers a “Boot” into the ‘Live’ desktop so you can test it out or “Install” Mageia to a target disk, and if you have a NVIDIA GPU it offers that option also.

Simple and fast installation…tho the NVIDIA driver option takes a tad longer.

Testing Mageia 8

This is an excellently developed Linux OS! Great Software Management choices:

From the Control Center you can open Software Management:

Mageia apparently uses RPMdrake as Software Management by default:

Thru the terminal, I used DNF to install dnfdragora:

I have used dnfdragora for a long time wid Fedora 33 Cinnamon SPIN, hated it at first, but it is now one of my favorite Package Managers.

  • Yes, Linux is famous for its ‘Fragmentation‘, and everything about Linux is fragmented – including Packages Managers. Lots ‘n Lots of Linux Package Managers to choose from. 😉

Here is the System Information:

  • That Panel at bottom of pic is extremely easy to customize!

Another interesting ‘Thang I just discovered about Mageia 8 is when I resize some of the apps ‘n Windows they stay that size, and also some will open where I want them to, e.g. the Konsole terminal always opens at the size I set ‘n the same location that I close it.

NVIDIA driver was installed during ‘Live’ installation, so make sure you select that option on the ‘Live’ Grub options during bootup.

Here is DE pic:

Sound Issues in ‘Root‘ user section

Sounds work right in the ‘Password Dependent‘ user section, but Audio settings were blank in root section_AND_music would not play either.

Everything else seemed to work great…

Conclusion

I do a lot of updating ‘n changing on the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page, plus I break my own ‘Rules‘ at times, but hey…it is my Blog! 😉

Mageia 8 is definitely headed to the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page, but am not sure where to put it. Just made up some new ‘Rules‘ there yesterday, and I would have to break them if I put Mageia 8 ‘Whar I feel it belongs. 😕 OK…no ‘Rule‘ breaking today, and I will place Mageia in Tier Three Spot #11.

Will see how the new Tier structure works out…mainly created the new 11-20 Spots because KDE Plasma DE has open up a lot of interesting Linux OSes for me.

Will also add this post to the KDE Plasma – ‘Newb TidBits page…

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