There is no secret that I always preferred distributions with the DEB package format. However, there is an exception. Mageia was the distribution that I ran for quite long time on various laptops. Unfortunately, the issues with outdated packages made me leave this distribution behind some time ago.
Just as a reminder, Mageia is an off-spring from the famous Mandriva family that survived when the Mandriva tree crashed.
And to fill out the whole forest, OpenMandriva is another off-spring, and my recent test showed that it is far below the mother quality.
Coming back to Mageia, it has been a long time since the previous version of this operating system was released. Mageia 5.0 was the “most recent release” for 1.5 years, and 5.1 was merely an update to it.
Mageia 6 was released just few weeks ago, in July 2017. It is a good time to check it out now.
Next to it sit Show Desktop and Activity Manager buttons along with a few shortcuts: file manager, system settings, Mageia control centre and Firefox browser. Yes, you read that right: Mageia has 2 sections for settings. User-level settings are done through the standard KDE System Settings panel, whereas more advanced system-wide and hardware settings require Mageia Control Centre.
- chromium – yes
- skype – no
- ktorrent – yes
- filezilla – yes
- pidgin – yes