Mageia 7 Linux distro available for download

Today is the first day of the seventh month -- July. This month is special to Americans, as we celebrate our independence from the treacherous British on July the fourth.

With that said, it is quite appropriate that Mageia 7 -- a high-quality Linux distribution -- is released today. You see, it is interesting to have the seventh major version of the operating system become available for download on 7/1. But also, it is significant because, just like America declared its independence, so too can Windows users by switching to this excellent Linux distro.

"Everyone at Mageia is very happy to announce the release of Mageia 7. We all hope that the release works as well for you as it has during our testing and development. There are lots of new features, exciting updates, and new versions of your favorite programs, as well as support for very recent hardware. There are classical installer images for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, as well as live DVD's for 64-bit Plasma, GNOME, Xfce, and 32-bit Xfce," says Donald Stewart, Mageia developer.

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Stewart further says, "With Mageia 6, we introduced the DNF package manager, dnfdragora, as well as AppStream and the desktop software centers, along with support for building third-party packages in Fedora COPR and the openSUSE Build Service. We’re pleased to note that this will continue with Mageia 7! In addition, we’ve added Zchunk-compressed metadata for DNF and PackageKit, to enable fetching repository metadata updates so as to conserve bandwidth usage."

The Mageia developers share the significant packages that have been updated below. Full release notes can be read here.

  • kernel 5.1.14
  • rpm 4.14.2
  • dnf 4.2.6
  • Mesa 19.1
  • Plasma 5.15.4
  • GNOME 3.32
  • Xfce 4.14pre
  • Firefox 67
  • Chromium 73
  • LibreOffice 6.2.3

If you want to download Mageia 7 and try it for yourself, you can get the ISO here. And yes, in addition to the 64-bit version, there is a 32-bit variant available. Why anyone is still using a 32-bit only computer is beyond me, but oh well, have at it.

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5 Responses to Mageia 7 Linux distro available for download

  1. Thos. Edison says:

    Treacherous British? Really? That sounds so typically Linux.

  2. sahil soni says:

    Why anyone is still using a 32-bit only computer is beyond me

    Because we have old hardware lying around and we just wanna make them useful 🙈

  3. Greg Zeng says:

    > " ... Mageia 7 -- a high-quality Linux distribution ... "
    I very strongly disagree. This "independent" operating system is using RPM (Red Hat Package Management. Like most RPM systems, it cannot use applications written for the official RHEL system. This is a deliberate design-fault of the RPM systems.
    Most sensible users & mos operating system creators prefer the Debian-based operating systems. Third party application writers will package ready-to-run applications for the very many Debian-based systems.
    High quality Linux systems include Ubuntu, Mint and similar Debian based systems. Avoid the RPM-based systems if you want the heavily supported operating systems.

    • Tippotipo . says:

      Actually it has to do to much relaxed policies of packaging for the RPM based distributions back then. RPM is now a recursive name for RPM Package Managemnt as both Red Hat, Magiea which dropped RPM5, OpenSuse merge to use a more unified approach.

      RPM as package manager is more powerful than dpkg and the file spec is much easier to write.

      DEB based system owed more to a strict policies of packaging. Canonical deviated more from Debian with their own policies thus making no different than the RPM based system distribution.

      High quality Linux systems include Ubuntu, Mint and similar Debian based
      systems. Avoid the RPM-based systems if you want the heavily supported
      operating systems.

      With all due of respect, that is a narrow statement as large enterprise still use RPM based system notably Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora allows users to effectively learn and run some newer applications for development.

  4. puchasanyasi says:

    I came here looking for a systemd free (sysvinit or alternatives) distro. Sad to know that Mageia too is systemd-ified. :(

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