| Founded:||June 1st 2011 (edit)|
|Release Date:||February 1, 2014 (edit)|
|Next Release:||unknown (edit)|
|Platform(s):||i586, x86-64 (edit)|
|Derivative of:||Independent (formerly Mandriva) (edit)|
|Home Page:||http://www.mageia.org/ (edit)|
Mageia is a Linux distro founded in 2011. It is a fork of Mandriva. It is mainly licensed under the GPL.
Mageia was created in 2010 as a fork of Mandriva Linux, by a group of former employees of Mandriva S.A. and several other developers and users and supporters of the Mandriva community.
On September 2, 2010, Edge IT, one of the subsidiaries of Mandriva, was placed under liquidation process by the Paris (France) Tribunal de Commerce; effective by September 17, all assets were liquidated and employees were let go. The next day, on September 18, 2010, some of these former employees, who were mostly responsible for the development and maintenance of the Mandriva Linux distribution, and several community members announced the creation of Mageia, with the support of many members of the community of developers, users and employees of Mandriva Linux.
Like many large distributions, Mageia offers disk image downloads with all major desktops. However, KDE is the main desktop of choice for most users.
The Greek word mageía (μαγεία) means enchantment, fascination, glamour, wizardry.