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Mageia 4 released

From:  Mageia Press <press-AT-mageia.org>
To:  pr-AT-lwn.net <pr-AT-lwn.net>
Subject:  Mageia 4 Release
Date:  Sat, 1 Feb 2014 20:57:42 +1100
Message-ID:  <20140201205742.4a6762a4@andromeda>
Archive-link:  Article

For immediate release: 1 February 2014

The Mageia community is very happy to announce our latest release:
Mageia 4. 

The new release is being launched to conicide with FOSDEM 2014 in
Brussels, where Mageia.Org will be holding its Annual General Meeting.

The full text of the official release announcement can be found on the
Mageia.org blog: http://blog.mageia.org.

Mageia 4 offers a variety of new features and several upgrades.
Downloads, release notes and more information are available from
www.mageia.org. 

For users' convenience, Mageia can be downloaded from FTP, HTTP, or
torrents. Mageia is available as Live CDs and install CDs and DVDs,
among the many possible options.

We also invite users to explore the Mageia Application Database,
http://mageia.madb.org, for detailed information on new and updated
packages. 

There is a wide choice of desktop environments and languages, along
with a variety of new and updated packages.

Mageia is still performing strongly in the DistroWatch.com
list of the top 10 distributions, and continues to receive good reviews
from around the world since the release of Mageia 3 in May 2013. 

Mageia is a community-driven Linux Distribution, welcoming users and
contributors from around the world. Mageia.org is a nonprofit
organisation, managed by a Board and governed by a Council of
recognized and elected contributors, from teams of international
contributors from many different parts of the world. 

We're committed to providing a high quality, stable, reliable and
enjoyable GNU/Linux user experience, for regular users, developers, and
businesses. 

We extend our special thanks to all who helped in the preparation of
Mageia 4: the Mageia teams, contributors and supporters worldwide, and
the wider Linux and Free Software communities upon whose work we build.

Contact information: www.mageia.org, press@mageia.org

-- 
Trish Fraser
Atelier Team
Mageia.org
www.mageia.org
press@mageia.org



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Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 1, 2014 16:35 UTC (Sat) by tjc (guest, #137) [Link]

What is the correct pronunciation of Mageia?

Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 1, 2014 17:59 UTC (Sat) by lambda (subscriber, #40735) [Link]

According to the FAQ, there is no official pronunciation, you can use whichever pronunciation you like.

I personally pronounce it "muh-JEE-uh", but I think "muh-JAY-uh" would be reasonable too.

Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 2, 2014 21:58 UTC (Sun) by Wol (guest, #4433) [Link]

I've always thought of it as mayj-eye-uh, seeing as that's the way it's spelt :-)

Mage as in magician, with i a at the end of it.

Cheers,
Wol

Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 1, 2014 23:35 UTC (Sat) by sionescu (subscriber, #59410) [Link]

Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 2, 2014 4:09 UTC (Sun) by torquay (guest, #92428) [Link]

What's the value of Megeia over, say, Fedora or Ubuntu? ie. what does Megeia bring that other Linux-based OSes don't?

Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 2, 2014 4:47 UTC (Sun) by sfeam (subscriber, #2841) [Link]

I am a long-time Mandrake/Mandriva/Mageia user, so for me there is a contributing component of familiarity. But three aspects that I think objectively distinguish it are:

- Primary desktop is KDE
- Smoother dual language use out-of-the-box (in my case dual use Japanese/English)
- Easy to cherry-pick packages from the ongoing development of the next version (Cauldron)

Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 2, 2014 8:23 UTC (Sun) by misc (subscriber, #73730) [Link]

On the distribution/deliverable side, I do not think there is much difference, and I will avoid speaking of the default choice at installation because i frankly think they do not really matter much in the long run, unless you keep reinstalling your distro.

On the organisation side, you have a community without much sponsoring from anyone big ( which can be good and bad ), and something that release more often than Debian. IE, it found a middle ground and at the same time, is not "just a remix" like lots of ubuntu based distro ( ie, it doesn't depend on the well being of a base distro ). The community and organisation also build on the years of experience of the community members and previous Mandriva employees, so they basically know how to avoid most beginners mistake when it come to that topic.

Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 3, 2014 13:13 UTC (Mon) by dtalen (subscriber, #86448) [Link]

> On the organisation side, you have a community without much sponsoring from anyone big ( which can be good and bad ), and something that release more often than Debian. IE, it found a middle ground and at the same time, is not "just a remix" like lots of ubuntu based distro ( ie, it doesn't depend on the well being of a base distro ).

Just to point out to anyone that doesn't know, Ubuntu is based on Debian. I think the OP knows this; it just wasn't clear from the way it was worded.

Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 2, 2014 21:43 UTC (Sun) by smoogen (subscriber, #97) [Link]

That is like asking why there are other teams in a football league other than Manchester United (or fill in your favourite team). One you could say to play against, but also in that any team can have so many people involved before they 'fill up'. People have fun working on some OS and they have fun knowing that their work made it versus not and so have pride in doing so. And that is all that matters.

Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 3, 2014 12:56 UTC (Mon) by fb (subscriber, #53265) [Link]

> That is like asking why there are other teams in a football league other than Manchester United (or fill in your favourite team)

(I am not the OP) But I think it is not :-P

You can also understand the original question as a request for further information and for user testimonials. For one, I am not interested in trying new distros but I did enjoy reading the comments from Mageia users about what they like about it.

Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 3, 2014 8:48 UTC (Mon) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950) [Link]

That's totally personal. I like it because they make it easy to run patented software. It's pretty well integrated. The spec files contain the options to build both, it is in the same build system. Just goes into separate directory and the patented stuff is not on every mirror (obviously). Then I find "urpmi" just smarter than yum. E.g. if you do "urpmi $RPM" and there's only one obvious match, it doesn't ask me to confirm. Then during development, everyone is friendly (no huge threads) and tries to work together. At the same time, not too many restrictions. E.g. I can upload any rpm file that I want. There are a bunch who check things after the fact. This works out quite well for allowing changes to happen. The person who does most has more influence naturally. Then lastly, the development version is usually really stable, despite constant changes. Some of those changes are totally untested (e.g. I upload new GNOME packages automatically after GNOME releases a new tarball).

Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 3, 2014 16:00 UTC (Mon) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389) [Link]

I actually really like the confirmation yum requires. Maybe the package is too big for the pipe I'm on. Maybe the dependency tree is ridiculous. Maybe I typo'd.

Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 3, 2014 16:15 UTC (Mon) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950) [Link]

It only does it when it makes sense. So if there are additional dependencies to be installed, it does ask again. For me it makes me actually pay attention whenever it asks. With yum I just ignore the prompt, press enter and ctrl-c while it already has started doing things.

Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 4, 2014 4:09 UTC (Tue) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946) [Link]

I don't think you are aware that this aspect of yum is very much configurable, Refer to man yum.conf. Other than assumeyes and assumeno, there is also

"alwaysprompt

Either `1' or `0'. Without this option, yum will not prompt for confirmation when the list of packages to be installed exactly matches those given on the command line. Unless assumeyes is enabled, it will still prompt when additonal packages need to be installed to fulfill dependencies. Note that older versions of yum would also always prompt for package removal, and that is no longer true. Default is `1'."

Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 4, 2014 7:37 UTC (Tue) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950) [Link]

I don't like to configure things ;-)

Thanks for the info!

Mageia 4 released

Posted Feb 4, 2014 7:49 UTC (Tue) by tonyblackwell (subscriber, #43641) [Link]

Has a very issues-focused community around it, driven by the need to get things done, all in a co-operative environment. I've had a tiny bit to do with it around the edges of qa, enough to be impressed by the community dynamics.


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