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Mageia 1 Alpha 1 released today

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Mageia Linux has tossed its hat into the ring of Linux distributions with the release of it first alpha. A second alpha release in the middle of March is expected to yield a liveCD, with a revised target date of 01 June for the first stable release...

Working with a complex software system as comprehensive as a complete Linux distribution and its community has been, and continues to be, a wonderful experience. The notion that were talking about any kind of forked project continues to wane, and close community bonds are cementing in.

The past two months, in particular, have seen remarkable strides.

This is not a "Ready for Primetime" release - it is alpha software, It is a preview. As a member of the Mageia Linux team, NorthTech is elated to report the progress, and anyone interested in testing and reporting bugs to the team are encouraged to do so at

Sure, there are a lot of bugs to work out. Sure, it might even blow up if you attempt to use it in production (Probably not - but don't use it in production). And, sure, there's much more to follow in the coming months, with betas, release candidates, more packages, and a target of 01 June 2011 for the first stable release.

This version does support a direct upgrade from Mandriva 2010.2, although we must reiterate, "Don't do this if you're expecting a stable production ready system - a direct upgrade path from Mandriva 2010.2 will still be available when Mageia 1 stable is released later this year.

From the official announcement at Here's what we have so far:

* We have our own repositories ready, with cleaned up packages and our own policies (software media changes, management of licenses);
* We have our own build system up and running (and it’s running rather well);
* Packagers are working hard, and about 4800 packages, updated, made it through the build system;
* We did bootstrap our own distribution;
* We got a working ISO to run and install;
* We have a basic working operating system.
* In a few words: the power switch is on, the factory is working, teams are organized and all this enables us to deliver a minimum working product, in its first form.

The next milestones to tackle are in continuing to hone and shape the product into a stable, friendly, and aesthetically pleasing result, based upon the following current timetable:

* Alpha 1 - 14 February 2011
* Alpha 2 - 15 March 2011

* Beta 1 - 05 April 2011
* Beta 2 - 26 April 2011

* RC1 - 17 May 2011

* Mageia 1 Stable Release - 01 June 2011

You can download Mageia 1 Alpha 1 at one of the mirrors available here:

The main list of official Mageia mirrors is located here:

The release notes are located here: