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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UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

I don't trust any operating system, at all, during an upgrade process. I must just be pessimistic. Windows, [insert any Linux flavor here]... you name it. Even if the upgrade process technically works flawlessly, IMO it's still better to just start from scratch and have a nice, fresh, clean drive. With Linux distros and most other non-Windows OSes, it's a breeze, thanks to the ability to separate user directories from the main file system. With Windows... well, not quite, but having a spare NTFS partition/drive lying around eases the pain quite a bit.

That said, I'm sure there are some distros and operating systems out there that can keep going for years, even with regular upgrades. Debian, as others have mentioned above, is one; I've also heard that the BSDs are rock-solid when it comes to upgrading. Even if I were to run such a system, I would probably still do a complete reinstall every few years, even if not absolutely necessary, just for extra confidence. That, and to clean up all the crap that accumulates on the drive without having to bother looking through it ;)

Besides... there's no fun cleaning up a mess. But starting a new OS installation from scratch, on the other hand... that can be pretty fun.

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