Mageia 8

The cover disc on issue 275 of Linux Format for May 2021 is Mageia 8 and Antix19.3.

Having experienced using Mageia 7 last year I was not overly impressed by its offering, but with version 8 this latest update is labelled as one of the hottest Linux distro’s of 2021. So with this on my mind, I thought I’d load up the cover disc and give this a try for a month.

Offered in this release is:

  • Plasma 5.20
  • Kernel 5.10.16
  • Enhanced GPU support
  • Fully stacked app store
  • X11 and NVidia support

Mageia is an RPM-based distro and comes with the RPMdraske graphical package manager, and you can install Dnfdragora or use Dnf in a terminal as a replacement for Fedora’s Yum.

So can this distro withstand the challenge of a daily driver and be used as a production based system?

The task is on myself to find out, but any thoughts, hints and tips would be greatly received.

Thank you!