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Available installation media
Mageia has two distinct installation media types:
- DVD ISO and Dual-arch CD ISO, which use the drakx traditional installer and
- Live DVD/CD ISO, a live ISO which can be used to preview the distribution and also later be used to install Mageia on your hard drive.
For more information have a look at the installation media page.
You will always find the download info on the Mageia download page; direct (ftp and http) and BitTorrent downloads are available.
The Mageia online repositories
The Mageia software sits in three different repositories/media, depending on the type of license applied to each package. Here’s an overview of those repositories:
- Core: The Core repository includes packages with free-open-source software, i.e. packages licensed under a free-open-source license, the set of the “Core” media along with “Core Release” and “Core Updates” are available by default.
- Nonfree: The Nonfree repository includes packages that are free-of-charge, i.e. Mageia may redistribute them, but they contain closed-source software (hence the name – Nonfree). For example this repository includes nVidia and ATI graphics card proprietary drivers, firmware for various WiFi cards, etc.
The Nonfree media set is added by default but not enabled by default.
- Tainted: The Tainted repository includes packages released under a free license. The main criteria for placing packages in this repository is that they may infringe on patents and copyright laws in some countries, e.g. multimedia codecs needed to play various audio/video files; packages needed to play commercial video DVD, etc.
The Tainted media set is added by default but not enabled by default, i.e. it’s completely opt-in; so check your local laws before using packages from this repository.
This repository is only added for the convenience of the users. This repository is to Mageia what PLF is to Mandriva users or RPM Fusion is to Fedora users.