I have installed Mageia 1 on my main system. It is now my backup system, Slackware 13.37 being my main system.
I tried the upgrade several weeks ago. That failed because I had the latest updates on Mandriva, and some packages would not install. This week I got some things working on Slack, so I stuck the DVD in, and formated the root partition and installed.
The main install went well enough. However, when I was configuring my video card, the configuration program blew up, leaving we with an incomplete install. I got out of that by re-booting, and selecting upgrade. That by-passed the installation of all the packages, and took me back to configuration. This time I left the video alone, and completed the install.
Most things worked out of the box. Video, sound and my ethernet card.
Some surprises. Cups was not installed by default. I could not find a decent text editor, other than vim. I installed gedit.
Since this is a dual boot linux system, I was surprised to find out grub did not pick up the installation of Slack on my second disk. I had to manually edit manu.lst to add a boot option for Slack. Not a big deal, but it was not detected.
I installed Webmin. I have not found a way to add modules not included with the mag package for webmin. I tried to install the modules for samba and swat from www.webmin.com
Also to my surprise, I can not su to root in a konsole. I have set root password, and it works for accessing MCC. I can get root access in MCC, but that is a pain. Don't know yet if this has something to do with the security settings, or some other issue.
Beyond those minor problems, this distro seems fast enough. MCC is just like it was in Mandy.
So for me its two thumbs up to Mageia, thank-you for a very good first release.