Mageia Beta Delayed, Christmas Quiz, and 7 Best Alternatives

by Ostatic Staff - Dec. 22, 2014

Today in Linux news the Mageia project announced another delay in version 5 Beta 2. The Linux Voice is running a Linux quiz for Christmas and Gary Newell offers up his list of the seven best alternative Linux distributions of the year. The Register says 2015 will be the year of Linux - on mobile. Three reviews need to be highlighted and, finally today, Matt Hartley says everyone should switch to Ubuntu MATE.

Mageia developers are still struggling with UEFI integration and installer bugs, so they've decided to go on vacation delaying the beta yet again. In a post today, Claire Robinson said, "We still have some work left to complete to release a proper beta 2 that would drive us through to the final release." Managers have penciled in January 6, 2015 for release of the beta and, hopefully, then will know more on when to expect the final.

The Linux Voice is running a Christmas Linux quiz and this one is not for the lightweight. One question asks how many lines of code were in Linux 0.01 and another who signed off on the largest number of kernel patches in 2013. The questions don't get much easier after that, which include those on desktops, hardware, Raspberry Pi, Bash, and more. Go and test your Linux chops.

The Everyday Linux User Gary Newell today posted his favorite seven alternative Linux distributions for 2014. Alternatives are those other than mainstream such as Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, Arch, Mint, Mageia, and Gentoo. His picks include Puppy Linux, SparkyLinux, and Simplicity, but see his full post for all the winners.

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* The 5 Biggest Linux Stories of 2014