Meet Mageia, a rising Linux star

If the world of Linux distributions has ever had a rising star, it's Mageia. Read on for a brief tour of Mageia's interface and features.

By Katherine Noyes, PCWorld |  Software, Fedora, KDE

A fork with a future

If the world of Linux distributions has ever had a rising star, it's Mageia. Launched roughly two years ago as a fork of Mandriva Linux by former employees and contributors to that French distro, Mageia sprinted up the page-hit rankings on DistroWatch, where it has sat at No. 2 for many months.

At the end of 2011, Mandriva was No. 10, and Mageia was nowhere to be found. Today, Mageia is behind only Linux Mint; Ubuntu Linux, Fedora, and openSUSE round out the top five. Mandriva, meanwhile, has dropped to No. 36.

Of course, page-hit rankings don't tell the full story, measuring simply the number of page hits a distro receives each day. Read on, then, for a brief tour of Mageia's interface and features.

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