1Mageia 5 Linux Distro Offers New Tools, Improved Stability
by Sean Michael Kerner
2Mageia: A Fork of Mandriva
The Mageia Linux distribution is a fork of Mandriva Linux, which was originally known as Mandrake Linux but became Mandriva in 2005 after the company acquired Brazilian Linux vendor Connectiva.
3Mageia Offers Several Desktop Choices
On installation, users are offered the choice of multiple Linux desktops, including KDE and GNOME.
4UEFI Support Comes to Mageia
One of the big new features in Mageia 5 is support for UEFI hardware, which enables Mageia to run on a wider array of systems than before.
5Mageia Control Center Is Improved
The Mageia Control Center is overhauled in the new release, providing greater stability and more options for users to manage and control systems.
6Windows Importer Eases Migration
Mageia is aimed at Windows users moving to Linux. To that end, the Mageia Control Center includes a Windows documents and setting import feature.
7Invictus Secures Mageia 5 Linux Users
The Invictus tool provides an advanced setup for firewall and network interfaces in Mageia 5.
8Btrfs File System Is Supported
The Btrfs file system, which provides snapshotting and rollback capabilities, is now supported in Mageia 5.
9Firefox Is the Default Browser
As has long been the case in Mandriva-based systems, Mozilla Firefox is the default Web browser application for Mageia 5.
10Skrooge Provides Money Management
Among the applications included in Mageia 5 is Skrooge, which provides financial management and budgeting capabilities.
11Edit Video With Kdenlive
Mageia 5 includes the Kdelive video application, providing users with a robust set of video editing and rendering features.
12Mageia 5 Uses Linux 3.19
At the heart of Mageia 5 is the Linux 3.19 kernel, which Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, released Feb. 9.