Mageia 4 Linux Desktop Distro Delivers Improved Performance, Features

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2014-02-04

The Mageia Linux distribution was updated to version 4.0 on Feb. 1 and provides users with improved performance and new features. From a historical perspective, Mageia is a Linux distribution that was born back in 2010 as a fork of the Mandriva Linux. Since then, the project has developed its own culture and its own brand as it has evolved. On the desktop side, KDE is the default choice although users can easily select Gnome, XFCE, Mate and Cinnamon Linux desktops. Since its inception, the Mageia Linux distribution has strived to be user-friendly and user-focused, and it's also a key element in the new Mageia 4 update. One of the first things that users will notice is the new Mageia welcome screen. The basic idea behind the welcome screen is to provide new users with an easier way to get into the system and access Mageia resources and information. Under the hood, Mageia is powered by the Linux 3.12 kernel, which first debuted in November. Support for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) also lands in Mageia 4 although it is currently only considered experimental. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at the features of the new Mageia 4 release.


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