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Hmm, the problems I've had have all been related to Cinnamon, and the changes upstream from Debian. I believe that if I was running Wheezy, I'd have no problem, but it's the Mint stuff that makes the difference to stability. I don't believe the Mint team patch any of the Debian packages, I think the work between update packs is solely on the Mint-specific packages.

I've never noticed any difference in performance between the two (Debian & Ubuntu Mint), I think most of the overhead comes from the DE. If you run a custom kernel, you cut out a lot of the excess - then it's just the services/modules that run, and that's down to Mint rather than the packages that makes up the distro.
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I thought I'd give you guys an update even though this is a really old thread. I've ran "M" since Mandrake, then Mandriva and now Mageia. Mandrake was huge and I tried a few before settling on it. Mandriva was ok until the 2008 release, with 2007 being the most popular. 2007 had all of the eye candy working and everything to go along with it. In fact I ran it until 2011 when I heard about Mageia 2. Mandriva joined up with a Russian company called ROSA and the developers wishes weren't be respected, or at least recommendations followed. You know how it is with two families living together with money involved.

Mandrake and now Mageia had the Control Center (CC), much like Control Panel in Windows. It's a central location for your configuration tools and they're very nice. There are old reviews about CC in Mandrake, you should read one or better yet, give Mageia a try! I just had to put in a shameful plug it for them! Mandrake and Mandriva ran pretty good with a good selection of software. After Mandrake joined Conectiva and became Mandriva things were ok for awhile, but there were a couple of things that didn't get fixed here and there. I won't say it was perfect, but with the community support it was nice to run and work on if it needed it. Community can make or break a distro as users need to be able to find help quickly with using Google and running all over the net. If they can't do that they'll ditch the distro because they want to use their computer, not hunt for answers.

As the community splintered off to other distros and things slowed down, more problems, you know the rest. Mageia is a group of the Mandriva core programmers/developers, some dating back to Mandrake. Mageia is therefore pretty much Mandrake with no outside influence today and people don't know that, as the OP didn't and another comment I read. Mageia is a step behind, maybe a half step not having the newest kernel and KDE version, but it's stable and they're quick to fix anything they overlook. I'm not going to tell you it's perfect, no program, let alone OS is, unless it's the hello world program but they do keep it finely tuned.

UEFI was giving them problems so they didn't put it in a release. I didn't exactly keep up with it because things ran fine for me on a ASRock Z77 Extreme4 with i5-3570k. Mageia release candidate 5 was released about 2-3-4 weeks ago and the final 5 release is a bit late. They have said they have perfected UEFI and are working on a couple of other problems that developed in the system with so many changes. I think Mageia 5 may be the one to gain a few more users, maybe even some old Mandrake users will return to "M".

I'd like to see it grow and become even better with a giant community. I do help as much as I can when I can on the forum, though I'm no genius like a few of the others. I did try Fedora and without the tools of Mageia I just don't like it and they're almost inbred cousins. The Control Center was voted the number one strength when it came to new users, by the users, they all loved it back in the Mandrake days. I think Mageia has the potential to come back better than Mandrake and take the top spot everywhere, though that don't mean it ever will. There are a lot of intelligent people who have the potential to become a millionaires but they just can't get the break they need. I think a few distros have that potential, possibly, with a strong enough community to drive growth as one comment here said, they don't see Mageia being recommended too much. I'm going out on a limb here, I think Mageia 5 may be worth a try and it could turn out bad, but I have faith. I think it's going to be a major step in helping Mageia be more widely adopted if there are no show stoppers in the final release of 5.

I hope that answered the OP's question and I think I got most of those facts straight. Mageia is a product of the rebuilding of Mandrake/Mandriva with the goals that were originally set fourth for Mandrake and it was a giant success! The Mageia developers took an older version with them when they left (forget which one), so they had a lot of catching up to do and I think they've done it in 5.
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Thanks for the info @Yankee495, I'll try to find some free time to try Mageia, as my first distro was Mandrake 10.
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Probably because you can do stuff like this so easily (Well that's why I like it!) -



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