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 with fair scheduling support, 2.2.1, a 3D-accelerated desktop (Compiz Fusion and Metisse), Firefox, 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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While I agree with you in most points, I was surprised that you listed this as an annoyance:

1. Numlock is enabled by default. Mandriva even has a numlock daemon to make sure numlock is on. Also in Mandriva, in the KDE control center, under peripherals, keyboard, the numlock toggle is on by default. OK, fine, I turned off the stupid daemon, and turned off the toggle in KDE control center. But then I still had the problem when providing the root password (for apps that require it, like MCC). Yes, can still disable numlock manually with my laptop keyboard. But it's a huge annoyance, which has not happened to me with any other distro.

To me, it is usually the opposite. I appreciate a lot the Numlock on per default as a nice touch. However, I use Linux mostly on desktop systems so I can understand where your frustration comes from if you're using it on a laptop.

Perhaps they should add a conditional checking during the install procedure to enable it on desktop systems and disable it on laptops.

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