In 2010 Russia bought part control of the Mandriva distribution
and Mageia was created by former Mandriva employees. It is
very much like the old Mandriva and, like Mandriva, it is quite stable.
There are also a lot of programs that can be added to the original
installation. Mageia 1 was the original and Mageia 2 is their second release.
A live CD is available for download if you just want to see it, however,
you get a lot more if you install the system from the installation DVD.
Many people like the KDE desktop as shown above because it is so much like Windows that the
learning curve is short. Other desktops available include Gnome 3, LXDE, E 17, WindowMaker and IceWM.
GNOME 3 DESKTOP
Our group has created some simple installation and user instructions. Accuracy is not
guaranteed, however, if you want a copy, send an e-mail to one of our contacts requesting it.