Mageia is a GNU/Linux-based, Free Software operating system. It is a community project, supported by a nonprofit organisation of elected contributors.
Our mission: to build great tools for people.
Further than just delivering a secure, stable and sustainable operating system, the goal is to set up a stable and trustable governance to direct collaborative projects.
To date, Mageia:
Why choose Mageia?
We all work together to make the best distribution we can, and to help each other. We're a really welcoming and inclusive bunch of people, so it's a great place to be supported while you learn, whether it's to use Mageia or to help make it. Come and join us, and make some of the best friends you'll ever meet check out the different ways to do that on our Community page. You can also link up with us on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.
Mageia's bug reporting system is open to everyone, as are the mailing lists, Forums and IRC. Your feedback is welcomed, and we want it to be easy for you to have your voice heard and follow what is happening. And access to our fully tested and prompt security updates is free of charge for everyone.
What's new in Mageia 5?
The main spotlight of Mageia 5 is the support of UEFI systems. Most systems with recent hardware (3 years old or newer) are equipped with UEFI, so in order for our users to be able to install Mageia 5 easily on recent hardware, UEFI support was a must.
Implementing support for UEFI boot and the partitioning changes that are inherent to this new technology meant making lots of changes in our installer. It was done incrementally, fixing bugs as they showed up, and discovering new and old issues along the way. We were lucky to have a very dedicated team of QA testers for this release, and they fiddled with the installer to try to find its shortcomings on the most exotic settings. All in all, those tests spawned many fixes and new features in our installer on top of the new UEFI support: RAID support, GRUB 2 integration, changes to the partitioner…
Of course this new release is not only about the installer changes; all packages have been updated, and we did a lot of work to ensure that all packages built fine against the new toolchain in Mageia 5. Among others, you will find:
All in all, Mageia 5 contains almost 2,000 applications and 25,000 packages, all available from the official repositories.