Size: 702.1 MB
This is the release candidate. The current version is: https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Installation_Media
Like the normal DVD ISO, this ISO also uses the drakx traditional installer. The Dual Arch ISO should be considered a minimal installation disc (a ~ 700MB CD ISO). In addition, the only desktop environment available on the ISO is LXDE. The strongest point of the Dual arch ISO, is it can be used to install either a 32bit system or an x86_64 system, the installer defaults to x86_64 when it detects a 64bit-capable CPU.
As the selection of the architecture in the initial graphical GRUB menu is not working anymore, you can add some option in the command line like initrd=alt0/32/all.rdz or initrd=alt0/64/all.rdz)
This ISO is generally for advanced users and system administrator for fast deployment of Mageia. As it uses the same drakx installer, you can add the online repositories during the installation to install more packages, desktop environments... etc.
<--Since this ISO is considered the smaller sister of the DVD ISO, it also only contains free, open-source software.--> Note that since mageia 3, this ISO contains a limited list of non-free packages for drivers: atmel, bluez, ipw2100, ipw2200, microcode, radeon, ralink, rtlwifi, and the iwlwifi-*-ucode. You have access to them if you enabled the non-free repository.
 The installer offers options to install KDE and GNOME, even though they're not on the ISO, as you can install them from the online sources (for this to work you have to set up the online sources in one of the previous steps during the installation).
Mageia is a GNU/Linux-based, Free Software operating system. It is a community project, supported by a nonprofit organisation of elected contributors.
Our mission: 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.
To date, Mageia:
-started in September 2010 as a fork of Mandriva Linux,
-gathered hundreds of careful individuals and several companies worldwide, who coproduce the infrastructure, the distribution itself, documentation, delivery and support, using Free Software tools;
-released three major stable releases in June 2011, in May 2012 and in in May 2013.