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Here is the release candidate of Mageia 2 (due on May 9d). This is release candidate software. This means, it is NOT intended:

  • for daily use,
  • for any kind of production use,
  • for writing reviews on the official Mageia 2 release.

It is a last testing release for finding bugs, to look out for important missing packages, and will lead to our official release planned in May. More info about Mageia 2 development.

Download it

You can download it from directly (easiest way) or by selecting your mirror from and going into isos/cauldron.

Classical installer

100% free software inside

  • 2 DVDs 32 and 64 bits
    • Mageia-2-rc-i586-DVD.iso
      • md5: 12eeeed0eafd149d4255f207ad399551
      • sha1: 22910aa96013f7e41f0389d9344b6691016cae99
    • Mageia-2-rc-x86_64-DVD.iso
      • md5: 480253baa22607c3fe5133f0436e36f6
      • sha1: c5da8671a36933ac481f8f197348c614560dfd7d
    • 5 main graphical environments (KDE, GNOME, LXDE, E17)
    • content will be added in coming releases depending on reports
  • dual arch CD: one single iso with both 32 and 64bits
    • md5: 9d788937f8c1c05dd95d9724cb85ac59
    • sha1:4602d39893ae518aea50fa92b56300ce34608814

Live CDs

Contains most of the proprietary WiFi and video drivers

  • 16 live CDs: how to choose the right one
    • pick up your environment: KDE or GNOME
    • pick up your language among 62 available
    • pick up the right architecture: 32 or 64 bits - all languages are now available
  • All live CDs isos:
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Africa-India-i586-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Africa-India-i586-CD.iso
      • md5: 9ebf17675fbea1ac5a1c47795c607e05
      • sha1: 52a1f518fbe29f4aaf068f058d02739b72485b8c
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Africa-India-x86_64-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Africa-India-x86_64-CD.iso
      • md5: ee4291106e0a091801dc502f28855208
      • sha1: c2039c446281d0c92ace0528266240158feacb07
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Asia-Noindia-i586-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Asia-Noindia-i586-CD.iso
      • md5: 24a55194365c970db54d0763ac52c0e1
      • sha1: d98c7959d8e0d8915299b000134d1ad4d4657b75
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Asia-Noindia-x86_64-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Asia-Noindia-x86_64-CD.iso
      • md5: 6e84701ad2e5ab8c44af26b89c3e1cd6
      • sha1: 2a0d83d756a8f8c580651895f06c429d576e53a4
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Europe1-Americas-i586-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Europe1-Americas-i586-CD.iso
      • md5: cdffd448f1628601602b38b68629b686
      • sha1: 101abf21895adf1fefa1f26bb60ed203b6a0095a
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Europe1-Americas-x86_64-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Europe1-Americas-x86_64-CD.iso
      • md5: 5ccb3a4943afe8d6b4bc03a11f96bf7b
      • sha1: fe4ec1c0e1e94e57b39add680568d393ba84647b
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Europe2-i586-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Europe2-i586-CD.iso
      • md5: ac3d60cdc07dea3cdc1c3bc85e317735
      • sha1: 9fec7fd28e0dc8bfd8ed5e12b55a301e45cfa390
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Europe2-x86_64-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-GNOME-Europe2-x86_64-CD.iso
      • md5: e73e62177e3f12fbbfc1de98c49fafbd
      • sha1: b4928f51c42fe2c6aea41a273a465a5d2ed5999e
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Africa-India-i586-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Africa-India-i586-CD.iso
      • md5: c125304a20fc52c6bed5bee748339b8c
      • sha1: 4a68cf6fac46d21833146a079bdb6df8e81ab50b
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Africa-India-x86_64-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Africa-India-x86_64-CD.iso
      • md5: b857c18aa7e20cf441815f61f1839429
      • sha1: 07f3bb356a448eb40cdc6f7579c9424f4175b3ce
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Asia-Noindia-i586-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Asia-Noindia-i586-CD.iso
      • md5: e062472285671a1f89b301bceb8ac9a0
      • sha1: 7e203dee543a86c3ab08daf45ead6dec6425b769
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Asia-Noindia-x86_64-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Asia-Noindia-x86_64-CD.iso
      • md5: f8b5db944286dc88ee5166a7e9debc9d
      • sha1: ab7f5fdd9c46ac2211070d6c570015c93eee3db8
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Europe1-Americas-i586-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Europe1-Americas-i586-CD.iso
      • md5: a357c1132d79590e1b1004efb5e30175
      • sha1: 4f19a885819912d32d826f775ff326335b5708cf
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Europe1-Americas-x86_64-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Europe1-Americas-x86_64-CD.iso
      • md5: ed003d98c29901bd7c63ab3a17fa8055
      • sha1: 8e1ee63a89f572121190921e20d5a33f4847188a
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Europe2-i586-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Europe2-i586-CD.iso
      • md5: ada1d636fc985e4a4d376fc61345ae23
      • sha1: 09c62bf64c0e5e0dce7de22623a79911c0b85e13
    • Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Europe2-x86_64-CD/Mageia-2-rc-LiveCD-KDE4-Europe2-x86_64-CD.iso
      • md5: 8a308d4893c542dbe5bcc38d9756de80
      • sha1: 7b1c4d888eb6f26f5eb5f0bbeb97546f24c5d935

Major new features


The help text that you can find in the media and which was missing in Mageia 1 was now made by the documentation team.
It was also translated in Brazilian, Dutch, Esperanto, French, German, Greek and Ukrainian. An more updated version can be found here: (temporary location)

Base system


Mageia 2 RC ships with stable glibc 2.14.1.


Mageia 2 RC currently ships with the stable release of kernel 3.3.4. Amongst numerous bugfixes and features, the new kernel offers support for improved virtualisation with Xen native support, improved performance and a new subsystem such as a new iscsi stack or NFC, and better security with the Tomoyo framework.


Mageia 2 will default to dracut as tool for creating initrds (initial ramdisk, used during boot). We still provide mkinitrd for those that need that, but will only support it when used with initscripts. Users of systemd must use dracut.

systemd / initscripts

Following the standardisation effort going on in other distributions, Mageia has decided to adopt systemd for booting (instead of initscripts). This would lead to a simpler boot process, and easier maintenance. More details can be found on the systemd website. The option of keeping the current init system will be offered for people who have problems with systemd and prefer to wait a little and switch with a next release.


A pre-release version of PulseAudio 2.0 has been included in this RC. The primary reason for this inclusion is to take advantage of support in kernel 3.3 for headphone jack detection such that the correct audio path can be used for controlling output and adjusting volumes can be enabled automatically when appropriate. This has been a long standing bugbear and a very visible (well audible!) problem for users hence the strong desire to address this issue. Mageia 2 final will include PulseAudio 2.0 final.


Cups printing system was updated to version 1.5.2. It still conflicts with usblp kernel module when detecting USB printers, so this module is disabled with the file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-cups-common.conf. Some old proprietary drivers may need this module, so if you printer does not work you can 'modprobe usblp' as root.

Live version comes without printing system, so printers are not detected automaticaly. You can activate printer detection after install of a Live version by opening Mageia Control Center -> Hardware -> Printers. This will install Cups, so after a reboot your printers will be detected.


The nomachine nx libraries for remote server applications are included in version using the patched and redistributed version from the x2go project.

Graphical environments


Mageia 2 RC ships with KDE 4.8.2 with the target of reaching 4.8.x for final release.

Using default Oxygen theme, the title bar of a window has the same colour as the rest of the window. This is meant to be that way. If you don't like that, choose System Settings / Workspace Appearance / Window Decorations / Configure Decoration. Then enable "Outline active window title" in the Fine Tuning tab


Mageia 2 RC ships with Gnome 3.4.1 with the target of reaching 3.4.x for final release.
Now, shotwell replaces f-spot as the photo manager.


Mageia 2 RC comes with the most up to date LXDE packages.


Sugar 0.95 is available. Installing task-sugar will bring all sugar packages.


XFCE can be easily installed with the task-xfce package.

Window managers

In addition to the "big" desktop environments, Mageia 2 ships a wide asortment of window managers:

  • the tiling wms
    • dwm,
    • scrotwm,
    • i3,
    • pekwm
  • AfterStep
  • awesome
  • enlightenment (e17)
  • fvwm2
  • icewm
  • openbox
  • Razor-qt
  • WindowMaker



  • Pencil-Planner 0.4.4b: a traditional animation software


Music Players :

  • Amarok 2.5
  • Audacious 3.2.2
  • Cantata 0.3.0
  • Clementine 1.0.1


Mageia2 ships a variety of video players and video editing tools:

  • kdenlive video editor
  • mplayer (including the GUIs gnome-mplayer, kmplayer, mplayer-gui and smplayer)
  • vlc
  • xine (including the GUIs kaffeine and xine-ui)


  • acetoneiso 2.3: CD/DVD Image Manipulator
  • kanyremote 5.13: KDE frontend for anyRemote Wireless remote control program
  • kid3 2.0.1: ID3 Tagger
  • konvertible 1.0.1: A simple KDE audio converter
  • koverartist 0.7.6: Program for the fast creation of covers for cd/dvd cases and boxes

Text Editors

  • marave 0.7: A text editor that helps you focus on writing


  • Mageia 2 RC ships MariaDB 5.5 obsoleting MySQL with the target of reaching 5.5.x for final release (there is a helper package called mysql-MariaDB).
    • innodb storage engine is replaced by XtraDB storage engine, but it's still called innodb internally, so your tuning parameters will still work.
    • Federated storage engine is replaced by FederatedX storage engine, but it's still called federated internally, so your tuning parameters will still work.
    • There are also some extra storage engines: feedback, pbxt, sphinx, oqgraph
  • Mageia 2 RC ships three branches of postgresql for users convenience so the user won't be forced to upgrade his databases:
    • 8.4.11
    • 9.0.7
    • 9.1.3



  • bkchem 0.14.0
  • rasmol 2.7.3


  • geos 3.3.2
  • gdal 1.9.0
  • umn mapserver 6.0.1
  • qgis 1.7.4
  • postgis 1.5.3 (postgresql 9.1)
  • qlandkartegt 1.4


  • maxima 5.26.0
  • octave 3.6.1
  • mathomatic 15.8.0
  • R-base 2.14.2
  • scilab 5.3.3


  • stellarium 0.10.6


  • gnudl 0.9.2
  • plplot 5.9.9
  • gnuplot 4.4.3


  • apache 2.2.22
  • postfix 2.8.8


  • drupal 7.12
  • mediawiki 1.16.5


Compilers / Interpreters

The Gnu compiler collection ( gcc ) has been updated to the 4.6 branch, offering native support of Go, and improving support of the next c++ standard C++0x. Numerous optimisations have been added.

  • gcc 4.6.3
  • binutils 2.22
  • python 2.7.2 and 3.2.2
    • django 1.3.1
  • perl 5.14.2
  • ruby 1.8.7
    • rails 2.3.14
  • php 5.3.10
    • smarty 2.6.26 and 3.1.8
  • java openjdk-1.6.0 and openjdk-
  • SBCL 1.0.55


  • eclipse 3.7.1
  • netbeans 7.0.1
  • anjuta 3.4
  • ninja-ide Python IDE 2.0
  • bless hexadecimal editor 0.6

Artwork and design

It's now all integrated. Please report any bug on it


Mageia 2 comes with all major open-source games. You can install them all with the meta-package task-games.

It also brings a very easy way to install the not open-source data for some games : it is downloaded at first launch.

Arcade games

  • abuse-sdl
  • flaw
  • hedgewars
  • Pingus 0.7.6 with extra levels
  • rocksndiamonds
  • SuperTux 0.3.3
  • SuperTuxKart 0.7.3 with online content

Console emulators

  • dosbox 0.74
  • virtualjaguar

First Person Shooter games

  • ioQuake3 1.36 game engine
  • Xonotic 0.6
  • TurtleArena 0.6

The following games have non-redistributable data and will download it at first run:

  • Quake III Arena demo (using ioquake3 engine)
  • Smokin' Guns 1.0 (using ioquake3 engine)
  • World of Padman 1.5 (using ioquake3 engine)
  • Urban Terror 4.1.1 (using ioquake3 engine)

The following games have non free data and can be found on the nonfree repository:

  • AssaultCube
  • Sauerbraten 2010_07_28 Justice Edition

Game Browsers

  • urtsb 0.4: Game Server Browser for the FPS Urban Terror
  • urtconnector 0.8: Advanced UrbanTerror launcher program

Strategy Games

  • OpenTTD 1.2.0
  • Battle for Wesnoth 1.10

Network & Internet


  • Firefox
  • Chromium
  • Epiphany
  • Opera
  • Konqueror
  • Midori


  • kvirc 4.1.3: IRC Chat client
  • quassel
  • konversation
  • xchat
  • irssi
  • supybot

Mail clients

  • Thunderbird
  • Kmail
  • Evolution
  • Claws mail

Remote computing

  • nx libraries
  • x2go
    • x2goserver
    • x2goclient
    • pyhoca-gui


  • nmapsi4 0.3: Complete Qt4-based Gui to provide a complete nmap interface
  • kwooty 0.8.0: A friendly nzb Usenet binary downloader

Known issues

See Errata page

Tests wanted!

This release candidate should allow us to focus on following items:

  • hardware detection
  • boot process
  • Integration of the artwork
  • ISOs content, missing packages or firmwares (in the LiveCDs)
  • default content for graphical environment (KDE, GNOME, LXDE)
  • filtering out references to Mageia 1 and Mandriva (!)
  • Upgrading_from_Mageia_1

For full testing procedures please find more information through the QA Team portal

Bug reporting

You can find our bugzilla here. If you don't already have a Mageia account, you can create one on If you don't know, see how to report a bug .