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Mageia 2 alpha 1 KDE and GNOME 3 screenshots preview

The first alpha release of Mageia 2 has been made available for download and testing. As you might expect, this is not a review-quality release, so if you have the time and resources, time to start hunting for bugs – and reporting them, if any, to Mageia Bugzilla. Installation and Live CD and DVD ISO images for 32- and 64-bit platforms are available for download here.

The final version is scheduled for an early May 2012 release, almost a full six months away. So if you will not be testing this or any other pre-stable release, the following screenshots of the KDE 4 and GNOME 3 editions will give you an idea of what to expect.

Regarding the installation program and installation process, that did not change one bit. And I do not see any indication that there are any planned changes to that aspect of the distribution.

Ok, the first screen shot is of the installer running in a Live desktop.
Mageia 2 KDE Installer Progress

And this was taken as the system is been initialized, that is, as the desktop is being loaded.
Mageia 2 KDE Desktop Initialization

Next is the login screen of the KDE edition.
Mageia 2 KDE Login

By default, the KDE edition uses the Classic KDE menu style.
Mageia 2 KDE Desktop Classic Menu

But with just two mouse-clicks, you can switch to the Kickoff style.
Mageia 2 KDE Desktop Kickoff

And there is also a widget for the Lancelot menu.
Mageia 2 KDE Desktop Lancelot

Dolphin, the best file manager in the universe.
Mageia 2 KDE Dolphin

The desktop with a system update notification message.
Mageia 2 KDE Applet

And the Instant Messaging Presence applet which uses the Telepathy communication framework.
Mageia 2 KDE Telepathy Applet

The nest two screen shots are from the GNOME 3 edition. Because the full GNOME 3 desktop was too buggy to be installed on my test computer, these screen shots are of the GNOME 3 Fallback desktop. This is what you will see when you first log in.
Mageia 2 Gnome 3

Then, with the menu exposed.
Mageia Gnoem 3 Fallback

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4 Comments

  1. timoma says:

    linux still crappy as always

  2. rijnsma says:

    Mint Gnome 3 plus MGSE is doing great on a three year celeron dualcore with NVidia.
    But Linux was meant for not so new computers, so what are we talking about?

  3. Mandrivian says:

    GNOME3 probably wasn’t too buggy, but your hardware wasn’t good enough to support it.

    On my AMD x4, 8G RAM box I have the same fallback.

    From Fedora and and SUSE as well.

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