|OS family||Linux (Unix-like)|
|Source model||Open source|
|Initial release||June 1, 2011|
|Latest release||8 / February 26, 2021|
|Available in||167 languages|
|Package manager||DNF (alternate) and urpmi (legacy)|
|Kernel type||Monolithic (Linux)|
|KDE Plasma Desktop (Live USB/DVD), GNOME 3 Desktop (Live USB/DVD), XFCE (Live USB/DVD)LXDE, LXQt, Cinammon, MATE, Enlightenment|
|License||Free software licenses|
(mainly GPL) and other licenses
Mageia is a Linux-based operating system, distributed as free and open source software. It was forked from the Mandriva Linux distribution. The Greek term mageía (μαγεία) means enchantment, fascination, glamour, wizardry.
The first release of the software distribution, Mageia 1, took place in June 2011.
Mageia was created in 2010 as a fork of Mandriva Linux, by a group of former employees of Mandriva S.A. and several other members of the Mandriva community.
On September 2, 2010, Edge IT, one of the subsidiaries of Mandriva, was placed under liquidation process by the Tribunal de commerce in Paris; effective September 17, all assets were liquidated and employees were let go.
The next day, on September 18, 2010, some of these former employees, who were mostly responsible for the development and maintenance of the Mandriva Linux distribution, and several community members announced the creation of Mageia, with the support of many members of the community of developers, users and employees of Mandriva Linux.
Mageia can use all major desktop environments. As was the case with Mandrake and Mandriva Linux, KDE is the main and the most used environment. End-users can choose from KDE and GNOME 64 bit Live DVD editions, 32 bit and 64 bit Xfce live DVD editions, and any environment in the full DVD installation edition.
It uses Mageia Control Center. LXDE, LXQt, Cinammon, MATE and Enlightenment are also available.
Mageia offers a very large repository of software, such as productivity applications and a large variety of games. It was the first Linux distribution in which MariaDB replaced Oracle's MySQL.
Mageia was originally planned to be released on a nine-month release cycle, with each release to be supported for 18 months.
Actual practice has been to release a new version when the Mageia development community feels the new release is ready from quality and stability viewpoints.
The latest stable version is Mageia 8, released on 26 February 2021.
|Version||Release date||End-of-life date||Kernel version|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 1||2011-06-01||2012-12-01||220.127.116.11|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 2||2012-05-22||2013-11-22||3.3.6|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 3||2013-05-19||2014-11-26||3.8.13|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 4||2014-02-01||2015-09-19||3.12.13|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 4.1||2014-06-20||3.12.21|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 5||2015-06-19||2017-12-31||3.19.8|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 5.1||2016-12-02||4.4.30|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 6||2017-07-16||2019-09-30||4.9.35|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 6.1||2018-10-05||4.14.70|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 7.0||2019-07-01||2021-06-30||5.1.14|
|Old version, no longer maintained: 7.1||2019-07-16|
|Current stable version: 8||2021-02-28||2022-08-31||5.10.16|
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