Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:16 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Mandriva Linux 2008 is now available for download on the official site (release announcement), and on the network of public mirror servers. 2008 includes all the latest software and enhancements over previous Mandriva releases. You will find KDE 3.5.7 and the new GNOME 2.20 already integrated, kernel 2.6.22.9 with fair scheduling support, OpenOffice.org 2.2.1, a 3D-accelerated desktop (Compiz Fusion and Metisse), Firefox 2.0.0.6, and much more. You can read about the new features of Mandriva Linux 2008 in depth in the Release Tour. The release notes contain important information on changes from previous releases. The errata will contain information on any future known issues and solutions for them.
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RE: Questions from a distro hopper
by agrouf on Tue 9th Oct 2007 22:15 UTC in reply to "Questions from a distro hopper"
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I didn't try Suse but I believe one of the advantages of Mandriva over Suse is package manager speed. urpmi is faster than yast. But I can't tell if Suse is better since I didn't try it.
I tryed Ubuntu and apt-get/aptitude is the fastest you can get from big distros. Ubuntu is rather easy but Mandriva takes ease to a whole new level. The Mandriva control center is the best. Ubuntu has improved a lot, but there are still issues, like wifi/wpa configuration if you don't have the right hardware and upgrading the kernel often breack stuff (especially if you have proprietary drivers). Overall, I believe Mandriva is easier in the long run. I mean, Ubuntu looks very easy until you get caught breacking everything after an upgrade.
As I said earlier, I used Ubuntu and Mandriva and now I've moved to some harder distros because I like tinkering to make things work. I've tryed gentoo, which wasn't much of a chalenge because I had my Mandriva around where everything work as an example and to chroot. I'm now running LFS installed from Mandriva as host OS, and that is becoming interesting.
If you like the easy way where you just install and use, then Mandriva is the way to go, unless Suse is better. Ubuntu is easy at first, but things like virtualization or driver management just aren't so mature yet, but it has other advantages, such as apt-get and community support. That said, I didn't try the latest Mandriva 2008 yet, and I'll probably be disappointed again if it works so easily as 2007.

Edited 2007-10-09 22:20

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