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Mageia logo
Mageia5 kde.png
Screenshot of Mageia 5 KDE
OS family Unix-like
Source model Open source
Initial release June 1, 2011; 5 years ago (2011-06-01)
Latest release 5 (June 19, 2015; 15 months ago (2015-06-19)[1]) [±]
Latest preview (none) [±]
Available in 167 languages[2]
Update method urpmi (rpmdrake)
Package manager RPM
Platforms IA-32, x86-64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Userland Mostly GNU and other open source
Default user interface KDE Plasma Desktop (DVD), GNOME 3 Desktop (DVD), LXDE (CD)[3]
License Free software licenses
(mainly GPL) and other licenses.
Official website

Mageia is a Linux based operating system, distributed as free and open source software. It is forked from the Mandriva Linux distribution.[4][5] Mageia was the first Linux distribution where MariaDB replaced Oracle's MySQL.[6] The Greek term mageía (μαγεία) means enchantment, fascination, glamour, wizardry.[7]

The first release of the software distribution, Mageia 1, took place in June 2011.[8][9]


Mageia was created in 2010 as a fork of Mandriva Linux,[4][5][10] by a group of former employees of Mandriva S.A. and several other developers and users and supporters 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;[11][12] effective by 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.[13]

Desktop environment[edit]

Like many other distributions, Mageia uses all major desktop environments. Similar to Mandrake/Mandriva Linux, KDE is the main and the most used environment. End-users can choose from KDE and GNOME for the small installation DVD edition, any environment in full DVD edition and Xfce on the dual-arch CD. It uses Mageia Control Center.


Mageia is planned to be released on a 9-month release cycle, with each release to be supported for 18 months.[14]

The latest stable version is Mageia 5, released in June 2015.

Version history[edit]

Version Release date End-of-life date[15] Kernel version
Old version, no longer supported: 1 2011-06-01 2012-12-01
Old version, no longer supported: 2 2012-05-22 2013-11-22 3.3.6
Old version, no longer supported: 3 2013-05-19 2014-11-26 3.8.13
Old version, no longer supported: 4 2014-02-01 2015-09-19 3.12.13
Old version, no longer supported: 4.1 2014-06-20 2015-09-19 3.12.21
Older version, yet still supported: 5 2015-06-19 2016-12-16 3.19.8
Current stable version: 5.1 2016-10-xx
Future release: 6 2016-xx-xx
Old version
Older version, still supported
Latest version
Latest preview version
Future release

See also[edit]

  • OpenMandriva Lx—a Linux distribution based on Mandriva Linux
  • PCLinuxOS—another Linux distribution based on Mandriva Linux
  • Unity Linux—Mandriva-based distribution designed to be a base for end user distributions


  1. ^ "Solid and strong and humming along – here's Mageia 5!". Mageia Blog (English). June 19, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Available locales". Mageia. November 26, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b Spencer Dalziel (September 20, 2010). "Ex-Mandriva Linux staff fork the distro". The Inquirer. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Thom Holwerda (September 19, 2010). "Mandriva Fork Announced by Former Employees". OSnews. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Distributions Which Include MariaDB". AskMonty KnowledgeBase. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  7. ^ "Greek - English Dictionary". myEtymology. Retrieved Sep 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ Sufyan bin Uzayr (June 6, 2011). "Mageia 1 Review: The Magic Begins Now!". Muktwar. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ Heuillard, Romain (June 3, 2011). "Mageia 1 : la variante purement communautaire de Mandriva est disponible". Clubic. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  10. ^ Belfiore, Guillaume (September 20, 2010). "Mageia : un prochain fork de Mandriva". Clubic. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  11. ^ "EDGE-IT à paris sur SOCIETE.COM (444481204)" (in French). 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Edge-IT, le faux nez de Mandriva, en liquidation judiciaire" (in French). Channelnews. 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  13. ^ Community Mageia (September 18, 2010). "Public Announcement". Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ Neil Richards (July 18, 2011). "Mageia Goes For 9 Month Release Cycle". Muktware. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  15. ^

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