New linux distribution Maegia


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Maegia is based on Mandriva its a new os with kde plasma gui.

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Mageia is a fork of Mandriva Linux formed in September 2010 by former employees and contributors to the popular French Linux distribution. Unlike Mandriva, which is a commercial entity, the Mageia project is a community project and a non-profit organisation whose goal is to develop a free Linux-based operating system.

Mageia 8 includes several desktop managers including Plasma, GNOME, Xfce, Mate, LXQt and Cinnamon.

Mageia is a Free Software operating system of the GNU/Linux family, which can be installed on computers either as the main operating system, or as an alternative system to one or several pre-installed systems (dual boot). It is a community project supported by the non-profit Mageia.Org organization of elected contributors. Mageia is developed by and for its community of users, and is suitable for all kinds of users, from first-time GNU/Linux users to advanced developers or system administrators.

The latest stable release of the Mageia project, Mageia 8, previously spent more than a year in development. It will be supported with security and bug fix updates for 18 months, up to October 2022.

The Mageia online repositories

The software packages that are included in Mageia sit in three different repositories/media, depending on the type of license applied to each package. Here's an overview of those repositories:

Core: The Core repository includes packages with free-and-open-source software, i.e., packages licensed under a free-and-open-source license. The set of the "Core" media along with "Core Release" and "Core Updates" are enabled by default.
Nonfree: The Nonfree repository includes packages that are free-of-charge and free to redistribute, but that contain closed-source software (hence the name - Nonfree). For example, this repository includes NVIDIA and AMD/ATI proprietary graphics card drivers, firmware for various WiFi cards, etc.

The Nonfree media set is enabled by default but can be disabled, if necessary, during the installation.

Tainted: The Tainted repository includes packages released under a free license. The main criterion for placing packages in this repository is that they may infringe on patents and copyright laws in some countries, e.g., multimedia codecs needed to play various audio/video files; packages needed to play a commercial video DVD, etc.

The Tainted media set is added by default but not enabled by default, i.e., it's completely opt-in; so, check your local laws before using packages from this repository.
32 bit repos on 64 bit systems

Please note that on 64-bit systems, the 32-bit repositories are configured, but they are not enabled by default. They are needed by some packages, such as Steam. If you want to install such packages that have dependencies on packages from 32-bit repositories, please make sure that you have "Core 32bit Release" and "Core 32bit Updates" enabled. Likewise for some cases the 32 bit Nonfree or Tainted (both in Release and Updates flavors) may be needed. Basic rules: Don't enable 32-bit repos without corresponding 64 bit enabled because 64-bits libs are preferred (generally) on 64-bit system, and if once a 32-bit repo is used, keep both its Release and Updates flavour enabled to not potentially hinder updates.

Release highlights
Faster package metadata parsing

Urpmi metadata are compressed with Zstd instead of Xz, resulting in faster parsing.
Python2 is mostly dead

Most python2 modules & software were removed.
ARM support

The ARM (Advanced RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) Machine) port rebooted during Mageia 7 days has been enhanced. The core is available for ARMv7 and AArch64.

There is no traditional installer for now, and it is still considered experimental, but most of the distribution was built successfully on both architectures (see our ARM status overview for details). The plan is to provide installation images for popular ARM devices in the coming months. There is no ETA for those as of Mageia 8's release.

Drakboot is now somewhat able to set up UEFI on AArch64.

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