After getting my desktop back, I picked up Megatotoro's challenge and installed Mageia Beta 1 to give it a short test drive. Instead of writing extensively about it, I will show you some screen captures.
It's very Mandriva-like. Should I say PowerPackish? Well, since Mandriva might lose many of its distinct tools and looks, it's good to have a distro that might be more Mandrivish than Mandriva itself.
2. Mageia's own flavor:
Although the artwork needs some improvement, the installation read-ons are very nice. Actually, not many distros thank people for their interest (and the "We will welcome you" is more than a motto, as I reported earlier). Thanks to those messages of appreciation, the HUMAN SIDE OF MAGEIA, I am starting to fall for this distro.
3. Points of convergence: Mageia Control Center and the DRAKES!
(The message says that RPMDrake must be updated)
4. Testing installed software: Frozen bubble
Installation of software with Mageia CC works!
5. Firefox 4:
A visit to three of my favorite sites:
Firefox 4 is FAST!!
6. Productivity Suite: Libre Office
Final Question: Is Mageia Beta 1 a Go or a No-Go?
I would venture to say that not only is Mageia promising as a distro, but that it will also fulfill the dream of keeping the Mandrake/Mandriva legacy alive. I, for one, will save a partition for Mageia.