1Mageia 4 Linux Desktop Distro Delivers Improved Performance, Features
by Sean Michael Kerner
2Mageia Offers Multiple Linux Desktop Choices
The default desktop choice for Mageia 4 is the KDE open-source desktop although users may also select Gnome.
3Mageia Welcome Screen Provides an On-Ramp for Novices
The Mageia welcome screen is a new feature in Mageia 4, providing new users with easy access to documentation, support and community resources.
4System Settings for Easy Customization
The System Settings application pulls in all core settings into one window for users to access.
5Mageia Control Center Delivers System Configuration Options
The Mageia Control Center (also known as drakconf) provides tools that enable users to manage software, hardware, networking and security components.
6Windows Shares Configured via the Control Center
Most computing environments today are heterogeneous, which makes the need for Windows file sharing paramount.
7MSEC Provides System Security and Audit
The MSEC system in the Control Center consolidates multiple security functions, including firewall configuration.
8Advanced Firewall Set-Up and Replication via Invictus
Going beyond basic firewall and security configuration, the Invictus tool enables users to set up network interface failover as well as firewall replication.
9RPMdrake: Mageia’s Software Package Management Tool
Leveraging its Mandriva heritage, Mageia 4 includes the RPMdrake software management tool for application packages.
10LibreOffice: The Default Office Suite
As is the case in many modern Linux releases, the open-source LibreOffice suite is the primary office tools application in Mageia.
11Firefox Is Included
Mageia includes the open-source Mozilla Firefox browser, but KDE users also receive the Konqueror browser as part of a default installation.
12Linux 3.12 Is Under the Hood
The Linux 3.12.8 kernel is what powers Mageia 4.