Mageia was forked from Mandriva Linux back in 2011 and, since then, has become something all of its own. This latest release comes three months after the first beta and the team has put in a good amount of time fixing stubborn issues, adding security fixes, and application updates.
Beta 2 features Linux kernel 6.3.3, glib 2.36, rpm 4.18.0, Chromium 110, Firefox ESR 102.11, LIbreOffice 7.5.2, KDE Plasma 5.27.4, GNOME 44, Xfce 4.18.1, LXQt 1.3.0, and mesa 23.1.0.
Users will find three different repositories included with Magia, which are Core (includes free and open-source software), Non-free (contains software that is free to use and distribute but includes proprietary software), and Tainted (contains packages released under a free license, but which infringe on patents and copyright laws in some countries). Mageia does configure 32-bit repositories but they are disabled on 64-bit systems.
To find out more about the new release, check out the official Mageia blog. As of this moment, there is no official release date for Mageia 9, but keep checking the official blog for more information.