Mageia 2 KDE Desktop Classic Menu

The first alpha release of Mageia 2 has been made available for download and testing. As you might expect, this is not a review-quality release, so if you have the time and resources, time to start hunting for bugs – and reporting them, if any, to Mageia Bugzilla. Installation and Live CD and DVD ISO images for 32- and 64-bit platforms are available for download here.

The final version is scheduled for an early May 2012 release, almost a full six months away. So if you will not be testing this or any other pre-stable release, the following screenshots of the KDE 4 and GNOME 3 editions will give you an idea of what to expect.

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Regarding the installation program and installation process, that did not change one bit. And I do not see any indication that there are any planned changes to that aspect of the distribution.

Ok, the first screen shot is of the installer running in a Live desktop.
Mageia 2 KDE Installer Progress

And this was taken as the system is been initialized, that is, as the desktop is being loaded.
Mageia 2 KDE Desktop Initialization

Next is the login screen of the KDE edition.
Mageia 2 KDE Login

By default, the KDE edition uses the Classic KDE menu style.
Mageia 2 KDE Desktop Classic Menu

But with just two mouse-clicks, you can switch to the Kickoff style.
Mageia 2 KDE Desktop Kickoff

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And there is also a widget for the Lancelot menu.
Mageia 2 KDE Desktop Lancelot

Dolphin, the best file manager in the universe.
Mageia 2 KDE Dolphin

The desktop with a system update notification message.
Mageia 2 KDE Applet

And the Instant Messaging Presence applet which uses the Telepathy communication framework.
Mageia 2 KDE Telepathy Applet

The nest two screen shots are from the GNOME 3 edition. Because the full GNOME 3 desktop was too buggy to be installed on my test computer, these screen shots are of the GNOME 3 Fallback desktop. This is what you will see when you first log in.
Mageia 2 Gnome 3

Then, with the menu exposed.
Mageia Gnoem 3 Fallback

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  1. DROPDOWN MENU ON ALL THE TIME ON iPHONE 4 –

    Your readers may want to know that ROSA 2.1.0 malfunctions on iPhone 4’s and iPhone 3’s. While aware they are quite old iPhone models, I know a lot of people still using iPhone 4. If they review a web site built with ROSA 2.1.0 they will be faced with about ninety percent of their browser screen filled with the menu (that doesn’t go away on page re-load and shows on all pages of the site).

    SLIDESHOW HEADER CONCERN –

    Another concern pro web developers may have with ROSA 2.1.0 is that the slider header doesn’t include the ability to hyperlink each slide image to a different page!

    Stephen Bradley – creative director
    veetoo UK

  2. It’s MUCH easier downloading the icon pack and then installing it via the “Install theme file” button 😉

  3. Shoudlnt you be able to get it using the Get New Themes starred button?
    My mom loves to play in that stuff and colour themes.

  4. thanks for the tip. Do you know if the stackfolder thing is only available in Mandriva or ROSA or can it be installed on any KDE distro?

    1. At this time, ROSA, Mandriva and Chakra are the only distros you can have Stackfolder (that I am aware of).

      There is, however, a widget called Quick Access that does the same thing as Stackfolder. Read about it here.

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