Mageia 2 DVD Package Selection

Mageia is a Linux distribution forked from Mandriva Desktop. Mageia 2 is the upcoming release, which is slated to be made available for public download just four days from today.

I have been messing around with the Release Candidate, whose installation image comes in a CD- or DVD-size ISO image. During the installation process, I observed that you are given the option to select what desktop environment to install, whether the installation is from a CD or DVD image. That is not how it used to be with this installer. But this new look is a good thing.

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If using a CD-sized installation image, the step after disk partitioning should look just like this.
Mageia 2 CD Package Selection

And if using a DVD-sized installation image, it should first look like this.
Mageia 2 DVD Desktop Selection

Then like this, if you select the Custom option from the previous step.
Mageia 2 DVD Package Selection

Regarding the GNOME 3 desktop, I was hoping that the developers will at least make an attempt to customize the default desktop in a manner that makes it more user-friendly, just like that of Linux Deepin or Comice OS. But that is not what you will see if you install a Mageia 2 GNOME 3 desktop. Rather, you get the familiar but so user-unfriendly default GNOME 3 desktop. At least the wallpaper looks cool.
Mageia 2 Default GNOME 3 Desktop

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And then, of course, you have the activities view. Given that final release is right around the corner, I do not think there will be any meaningful changes – if any – to the default desktop, but I hope that the developers do something about it by the next release.
Mageia 2 Default GNOME 3 Activities

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  1. “Note that most other Linux distributions now use GRUB 2 as the only boot loader option. None that I’m aware of still support LILO.” Slackware still uses Lilo by default! I really like your site, but you guys always give Slackers shortshrift… Anyway, Lilo is by no means dead, it’s being actively developed again as part of Debian. There are still benefits to it, including the fact that you don’t have to be a Unix programmer to configure it.

    I have a dual boot set up, and for kicks I tried to use Mageia 2 and the Mageia 3 beta. I previously had a dual boot of Slackware 14.0 and Debian Wheezy, using Lilo. I tried both GRUB and GRUB2 and no amount of tinkering could get it to recognize my Slackware install; I finally used a Slackware boot usb stick to get back into Slack and restore Lilo, which recognized both Mageia and Slackware flawlessly. Just saying, Lilo still has its place, even if it isn’t for everyone, and the fact that Volkerding still thinks its the better option says a lot.

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