Mageia 1 Release Notes


Mageia 1 marks the milestone of a lot of hard work, that has started since the day the Mageia distribution was born.

This page should help you get an overview of what Mageia offers for its users.

Mageia has two distinctive installation media types:

For more information have a look at the Mageia installation media page.

You'll always find the download info on the Mageia download page; direct (ftp and http) and BitTorrent downloads are available.

The Mageia online repositories

The packages in Mageia exist in three different repositories/media, depending on what license each package uses. Here's an overview of those repositories:

Major features in Mageia

Package Management tools

Using console : Mageia uses the all too familiar urpmi, this the default dependency resolver in Mageia, you can use to install RPM packages on the system. It can also be used to update the system, for the full usage details check the urpmi man page. The rest of the family are:

Using Mageia Control Center :

If you do'nt like using a console, and prefer graphical tools with a mouse, Mageia offers graphical tools to add or remove packages ; they are classified so it's easy to find a new one or remove an another one ; the system manages for you all the dependencies it needs, so you do'nt even need to know there are these sort of things…

Just click on “Mageia Control Center”, then go on answering the questions …

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Mageia system configuration tools

Mageia will go on using all the familiar drak tools; here're the highlights:

Migration from Mandriva Linux

Upgrading from Mandriva Linux 2010.1 and 2010.2 is supported, and has been fine tuned over the past months, so it should work. But as always, it's very advisable to back up any important data before upgrading.

There're several ways to upgrade from one of those previous Mandriva releases:

Using the Mageia 1 DVD to Upgrade

You can use the Mageia 1 DVD to do clean installs but also to upgrade from previous releases. To upgrade:

It's recommended to set up the online repositories, if possible, during the upgrade as the DVD only includes a subset of the full fledged online Mageia repositories

Upgrading inline, using the online media sources directly

You can upgrade using the online media sources directly, from within your Mandriva installation. This can be done either using the GUI (mgaonline) or the CLI (urpmi). Both methods are outlined below.

Upgrading inline, using mgaonline (GUI)

Install the last version of mgaonline package on your Mandriva installation, the package will be available on Then just launch mgaapplet. It will notify you of the availability of the Mageia 1 new distribution, configure Mageia media sources and start migration.

Upgrading inline, using urpmi (CLI)

You can also upgrade using urpmi from your favourite terminal emulator; however first you have to install the mgaonline package (see above). Here are the general upgrading steps:

Available Desktop Environments

As a desktop-agnostic distribution, Mageia has all the popular desktop environments, along with various window managers. Here's an overview of them:


Mageia 1 will ship KDE SC 4.6.3. This release brings many improvements and new features for more details check the release announcement.


Mageia 1 will ship GNOME 2.32, with the plethora of popular applications that come with it (Totem, Rhythmbox, Epiphany, Evolution, The GNOME Archiver (file-roller), Evince, F-Spot… etc).


Mageia 1 will ship the latest stable version, 4.8.1, of XFCE, it brings many improvements, for the full details have a look at the XFCE 4.8 release announcement.


Mageia 1 will ship the latest stable LXDE packages (PCManFM, LXSession, LXTerminal, Gpicview, LXRandR).

Window Managers

Mageia 1 will ship various window managers, which in reality they're just small and very light weight desktop environments:

Desktop Applications

Mageia 1 will ship a lot of the popular desktop applications, here are the highlights.

Web Browsers and email clients



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Base System

X server

Proprietary graphics cards drivers

The latest versions of both the nVidia and ATI (fglrx) proprietary drivers are available in the Nonfree online repository.

Input Methods

To select the Input Method of your choice, you can use draklocale (“Manage localization of your system” in the Mageia Control Center → System). Mageia 1 will have two input methods:


Mageia 1 will support IBus (the Intelligent Input Bus), version 1.3.9 is already available in the official repositories.


SCIM (Smart Common Input Method), version 1.4.9, is also available in the official repositories.