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A Week with Mageia 8: Two Success Stories

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Mageia 8 was released not long ago and I installed it as soon as it was out. However, I took a week to work with it and see how it plays with the other distros in my laptop.

I have a multi-boot system in which I always keep 4+ distros. Before this new install, I had PCLinuxOS, OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 (my latest install), Elive 3, MX Linux (Patio Feo), and Mageia 7. I logically wanted to upgrade Mageia 7 to 8.

Historically, this set up has meant several grub 2- related headaches: if I installed OpenMandriva after Mageia, Mageia would boot very slowly. If, on the other hand, Mageia controlled the grub post installation, OpenMandriva would get a kernel panic. As I lack technical knowledge, I could never fix those problems myself.

This time, I passed on the live version and decided to install the complete release, which I nostalgically call the PowerPack. If I recall correctly, one cannot upgrade from a live version, so I chose "install" instead of "upgrade," which wipes out the root partition. Still, I kept /home intact. With this distro image, the install takes more time, but it was not bad. A plus is that the process has remained pretty much consistent all these years and this makes the installation a familiar path.

When everything was done, I rebooted and Mageia 8 took over grub control. I booted this new release and all was working great: internet connection, desktop effects, sound, and screen edges. My personal settings were preserved, so I installed my preferred programs and the system was ready. Even Steam games were kept and working.

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Download Mageia 8 Full Editions (Torrents, 32 Bit And Checksums)

  • Download Mageia 8 Full Editions (Torrents, 32 Bit And Checksums)

    Mageia, the user friendly computer operating system, finally released version 8 February this year. Mageia is a family to Ubuntu as it comes from GNU/Linux -- that is, variant of GNU operating system with the kernel Linux and specifically Mageia is the living continuation of the first user friendly distro Mandriva. This article is a collection of direct download links plus torrents of Mandriva 8.

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    The BitTorrent downloads are the same as the above direct downloads but it is more professional, faster, and error-resistant. You can use Transmission program on Ubuntu (built-in), Windows, or MacOS to download them.

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