Mageia is provided as ISO image files that have to be written to blank CD or DVD discs.
The important addition is that Mageia 5.1 can be installed on NVMe hardware.

All ISOs can also be launched from a USB drive.

To dump a Mageia installation ISO on a USB stick, you may try one of several tools:

  • For Linux, IsoDumper, available inside repo. Or any tools based on dd. Unetbootin is not supported.
  • For Windows please have a look on our wiki for your options.

"Dumping" an image onto a flash device destroys any prior file-system in the partition; access to any data not destroyed will be lost, and partition capacity will be reduced to the image size. In other words, all prior data on the device is at risk.

If you have UEFI, a procedure is available in the wiki.

Classical Installation Flavours

The Classical ISO is the traditional way to install Mageia directly. Take a look at the complete documentation for this installer.

Up to 167 locales are supported: Deutsch, English, Español, Français, Italiano, Português, Svenska, Nederlands, Polski, Dansk, Pусский and so much more! See the comprehensive list.

These ISOs contains Free Software and some proprietary drivers.You will be asked of which kind of Software you want to install.The installer includes the capability of adding the online Mageia repositories during the installation, which means you can install even more packages than those available on the ISO.

For 32 and 64bit, size of the ISOs is about 3.7GB.

LiveDVDs

Live ISO's let you try Mageia 5.1 without installation. You can run Mageia directly from a CD, DVD or USB device, and try it using one of the graphical user interfaces such as GNOME or KDE.

If you are happy with the Mageia experience, you can then install it onto your hard drive from the Live media.

Use LiveDVDs for fresh new installs ONLY. DO NOT use these LiveDVDs to upgrade from the prior Mageia release! Use a classical installation and see upgrade guide.

For LiveDVDs, size of the ISOs is about 1.6GB.

Wired Network-based Installation CD

Download quickly and immediately boot into install mode from wired network or a local disk.

Have a look in the wiki to get a list of possibilities.

Size of the ISOs is about 50MB.

Desktop

GNOME Desktop

GNOME

KDE Desktop

KDE

Network installer

Network installer, Free Software CD

Contain only free software

Network installer + nonfree firmware CD

Contain nonfree drivers needed for some disc controllers, some network cards, etc.

Supported Architecture

64 bit

Most new computers support x86-64 (also known as AMD64 and Intel64), but some laptop processors and netbook processors do not support it.

32 bit

This version runs on all PCs including those that support 64 Bit. If you have more than 3 GB of RAM you should prefer the 64 Bit version though.


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