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Mageia surpassed Linux mint this week on distrowatch.org by a couple hundred hits. http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=mageia Mint held the top spot for the longest time. Now it has been surpassed by a distro which was based on Mandriva but is now independent. On the surface, it looks like every other fork, with a KDE skin. So, what makes it good enough to surpass Mint? Is it because they have broken free of Mandriva's stranglehold and dare to be independent and linux users are drawn to a rebel OS or is there something that makes it easier to use or better than Mandriva? The description doesn't give much information other than the developers want to create a free Linux-based operating system.


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Mageia is a fork of Mandriva Linux formed in September 2010 by former employees and contributors to the popular French Linux distribution. Unlike Mandriva, which is a commercial entity, the Mageia project is a community project and a non-profit organization whose goal is to develop a free Linux-based operating system.


Edited by aweir - 8/8/12 at 1:15pm
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why do people keep considering distrowatch to be defacto determination to usage of a distro? afaik, its just a hit counter of folks looking at the distrowatch page for a particular distro

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As far as I'm aware, Distrowatch are the biggest single source of information on a wide range of distros. Yeah, their hit metric isn't great as it's based on their own pages, but if you used distro's own pages, it would be too easy to cheat the figures. I think Mageia combines the stability of something like Debian (or Ubuntu LTS) with the user friendlyness of Mint. I'm trying to do a net install into a VM now, but it's crashing & burning. I think I'll have to bite the bullet and D/L the DVD. Hey-ho.

Personally, Distrowatch is one of my favourite websites on the whole web, I check it at least a couple of times a week (just to pacify the distro-hopper in me, lol)
 
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Originally Posted by aweir View Post

. So, what makes it good enough to surpass Mint?

Just to play Devils advocate, What makes Mint so great that it can not be surpassed by another distro on distorwatch?

I did not like Mint myself, it looks like every other Ubuntu fork, with a Gnome skin. Cinnamon and Mate are just tweaked Gnome Desktops, right. whistle.gif So, what makes it good enough to not be surpassed. Is it because they have broken free of Canonical's stranglehold and dare to be independent.rolleyes.gif and linux users are drawn to a rebel OS or is there something that makes it easier to use or better than Ubuntu?


Just playing. Don't take it as an insult. Linux is Linux, and a distro is just a personal choice.
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odd, I heard of it only in passing. I didnt think there was any distro (other then ubuntu) even close to mint. wow ubuntus third did not see that coming. guess I'll have to fire up virtualbox and see what whats going on wink.gif

EDIT---

on the much more important side, ARCH LINUX HAS PASSED DEBIAN (and opensuse, but whos cares) OMG OMG OMG OMG. MIND OFFICIALLY BLOWN.
Edited by jrl1357 - 8/8/12 at 8:22pm
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odd, I heard of it only in passing. I didnt think there was any distro (other then ubuntu) even close to mint. wow ubuntus third did not see that coming. guess I'll have to fire up virtualbox and see what whats going on wink.gif

EDIT---

on the much more important side, ARCH LINUX HAS PASSED DEBIAN (and opensuse, but whos cares) OMG OMG OMG OMG

 

well if you go back thru the archives of the HPD list, Mandrake was the most popular distro from 2002 to 2005, then in 2006 it started dropping like a stone. then ubuntu climbs up, starts dropping in HPD till it seems to plateau around 2008 at about 2200 HPD, and its still at a bit more than 2100 HPD. If anything, it seems linux mint has stolen HPD from the other distro's, not so much Ubuntu, once the archive list is examined.

 

As for mint, it was at one time nothing more than ubuntu with a new theme, illegal codecs in most of the free world, and a modified gnome menu app. They started to make some noise last year about unity, and people took them serious enough cause they stayed with gnome, then went to something called mate, which is gnome 2 with a name change. now they seem to be beating the drums again, about this new gnome 3 shell of theirs called cinnamon, which is no more impressive than gnome shell is with a few extensions. I guess if you like the flamboyant uses of green and silver then mints for you, but if you like the flamboyant overuse of purple's, pinks and black, then i would say ubuntu is the right choice (on second thought, why do i use ubuntu its color schema is horrible!)...

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I miss Mandrake. Was my first Linux experience back in the day.
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Didn't mandrake just change there name? Mandriva i think. @transhour true, but for beginners this is very importent. It just does what ubuntu does, bettter (in the general opinion of mint people) they also have LMDE, which is unique as it is somewhere in between debian stable and testing. And cinnamons ones of the best gnome 3 shells to date. I started linux in mint 11 so I may be a bit baised. smile.gif then I stated getting heavily into the free software movement, started to use debian most of the time then a bad dist-upgrade (my fault, not mints) caused me to ditch my little used mint 12 install. I have actully never heard or tried this distro before. How something so big could just excape me for two years is mindboogleing. How it could get so big in two years is mind boogleing
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