The third and final beta edition of Mageia 2, a desktop Linux distribution derived from Mandriva Desktop, has been released. The first and only Release Candidate is expected on May 2, with the final, stable edition slated for release on May 15.
So, what does this release has to offer? Aside from the usual new features and bugfixes, Mageia 2 beta 3 features a new desktop design. And I think it is actually very good. The most important behind-the-scenes new feature, is the adoption of systemd for booting the system, instead of the old initscripts.
This article gives you a look at the KDE and GNOME 3 desktops. Other desktop environments, like LXDE and E17, are also supported, but are not covered in this article. The installation is still the same, so no comments or screen shots from that aspect.
Starting with the KDE side. This is the boot menu.
I had an existing test system running Mageia 2 beta 1, which I upgraded to this latest and last beta release. The upgrade was fast and smooth. I think I should be able to upgrade it to the final stable edition when it becomes available.
I have a weakness for beautiful, visually appealing graphics. And this is beautiful and visually appealing.
Of course, there were updates that needed to be installed. The KDE desktop is powered by KDE 4.8.2.
And the most hated default desktop ever designed by man, or woman. I hope the developers find the time to make it a little bit more user-friendly like the folks responsible for Linux Deepin did.
If you do not want to wait for until May 15, when the final version will be released, you may download installation images for this beta release here.