Mageia began as a fork of Mandriva Linux in September 2010 by the former employees and contributors of Mandriva because they were not happy with the governance of the project.
Unlike Mandriva which is a commercial entity, Mageia is a community project whose mission is 'to build great tools for people. Further than just delivering a secure, stable and sustainable operating system, the goal is to set up a stable and trustable governance to direct collaborative projects'. Mageia is independent and in such a short period it has garnered great popularity and userbase because of their great work, efforts and a solid release system. That will be the history lesson for the day and we come to their latest offering Mageia 2 KDE.
Mageia 2 comes with latest stable KDE 4.8.2 and the KDE experience has simply been great. It is quite responsive and highly stable. KDE developers are doing a great job of putting out incremental releases that elevates the user experience. The Mageia team released 3 Alpha, 3Beta and a RC before the final release as they wanted to provide a great well tested system to their users and as per me they have succeeded in that.
The default setup of Mageia is highly productivity as you have a well laid out bottom panel with the Application Launcher set to Classic Menu style(You can easily switch to Kickoff application launcher).
The Mageia Control Center provides you a single junction from where you can take care of all your administrative work.
The Mageia 2 ISO both the 32-Bit and 64-Bit are of approximately 700MB. You also have the option to get the Gnome-Shell version and a 3.4GB DVD ISO is also present. Firefox ESR 10 is your default web browser and the versatile Konqueror is also there.
Telepathy is you default instant messaging client. You have the latest Gimp 2.8 taking care of your image manipulation needs.In office you only have Okular as there is no office suite by default but you can easily install the one that you want from the Install & Remove software. I installed Calligra suite and it was at its latest 2.4.1 which is something that I can say for most of the application that I installed like Chromium, VLC, Choqok as all were at their latest and greatest.
You have Amarok for your audio playing and Dragon Player for your video files. Mageia 2 doesn't ships with Flash and non free media codecs but you can easily install them. Go to the Mageia Control Center and select 'Configure media sources for install and updates' from Software Management.
Check the Nonfree and Tainted Release+Updates(Core would be checked by default). Then install the Smplayer, VLC from the Tainted repos and Flash also. Mageia Control Center works effortlessly and I had no problem in getting the proprietary drivers for my nVida 9800GT gfx card.
Using Mageia 2 one gets to understand why Mageia has become so popular and a favourite of many in such a short period because it simply works. The Mageia team also has interest in the Enterprise market and I wouldn't be surprised if they find success in that section of users also.
I highly recommend Mageia 2 KDE to anyone looking for an excellent KDE experience on a great distro backed by the superb Mageia community.
You can download it from here.