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Jose Dieguez Castro, Introducing Linux Distros, 10.1007/978-1-4842-1392-6_9

9. Mageia

Jose Dieguez Castro

(1)A Coruña, Spain

Mageia is one of the newer Linux distributions that I selected to analyze in this book, and it’s the third most popular European Linux distro. Mageia is a fork of an older distribution, Mandriva (formerly Mandrake), which is discontinued but is the second most famous European Linux distro of all times. Mandrake was originally a fork of Red Hat. It was also inspired by SUSE, and today you can still find echoes of that in Mageia.


Mageia is the Greek term for “magic” and it is a gesture to the original Mandrake distro, which was named after the Italian-American magician Leon Mandrake. Mageia ...

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