Well, that's OK because I just want to see if Mageia 3, at this early state, shows some changes and to test how it works.
Very briefly, the installation process is pretty much the same that you get for Mageia install versions (very similar to Mandriva PowerPack). Therefore, one must install the distro to be able to see it in action because this image is not a live medium.
Once completed, I expected to see GRUB 2, but it seems Mageia 3 still boots with the GRUB I am accustomed to using.
I used the Mageia control center to add new media and retrieve software form the repositories. Basically, I wanted to download Anthy and Japanese fonts to test if iBus works. iBus was included during the installation process.
|Mageia Control Center adding repos|
I am very happy to say that iBus works perfectly with LibreOffice and Anthy, so I can type in Japanese without any problems:
Unlike my test of Mageia 2 betas, there were no database errors this time.
Although the desktop effects were not activated (this is not a big surprise because I tested the distro on a virtual machine), I noticed that alerts or error messages are now highlighted and they are displayed on the top side of the window. The reason: Mageia 3 includes KDE 4.9.0!
I think Mageia 3 looks promising.