Mageia has gained considerable popularity since its creation in late 2010, and it now occupies the No. 6 spot on DistroWatch’s popularity rankings–particularly impressive given that Mandriva is currently at No. 23.
The latest news is that a release candidate for Mageia 2.0 made its official debut on Wednesday, with a final release planned for May 22. Though it’s not intended for production purposes, the RC software is now available as a free download.