Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Nov 2008 19:19 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Thanks to the Mandriva Xfce volunteer development team, a community Xfce One edition of Mandriva Linux 2009 is now available for download from all official Mandriva mirrors. A list of download locations can be found on the Wiki page. This release gives you all the benefits of Mandriva Linux 2009 along with a fast and stable Xfce desktop.
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RE: This does actually fill a need
by lemur2 on Tue 18th Nov 2008 02:32 UTC in reply to "This does actually fill a need"
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Mandriva have put in a lot of work to automatic hardware detection. This is an ideal distribution for a non-techie. The only problem is the bloated KDE 4.1 desktop. It's much slower than Windows XP on say a 1 GHz processor and 256 MiB RAM; but with Xfce instead of KDE, it is highly competitive.

Au contraire, KDE 4.1 is the fastest desktop ... on suitable hardware.

There is a severe Nvidia bug in their binary driver for Linux that causes Xrender to be many times SLOWER than software graphics rendering (as used by all other Linux desktops). KDE 4.1 uses either the Xrender or OpenGL APIs to allow the GPU to render the desktop. For any graphics card and driver, other than Nvidia card using Nvidia's binary driver for Linux, KDE 4.1 renders many times FASTER than any other non-accelerated desktop.

Mandriva One 2009.0 is arguably the best distribution to use for netbooks. It supports most netbook hardware out of the box.

Having said that ... KDE 4.1 performance on netbooks is a bit pedestrian. The Intel GMA graphics hardware is barely accelerated at all. So the stock Mandriva install is uninspiring on a netbbok.

I am currently using Xubuntu on my MSI Wind U100. This distribution has three problems:

(1) The RTL8178SE miniwifi-card of the MSI Wind U100 has no native Linux driver in Xubuntu 8.10. The OEM is working on it, but their driver is still in development and has not made it into the Xubuntu 8.10 version of the kernel. One has to go through some extra steps to get the wifi working correctly.

(2) The bluetooth stack for the Intrepid series of distributions is broken. The downstream developer apparently has thrown a wobbly about letting users enter their own PIN. One has to take special steps to correct this.

(3) XFCE includes some large dialog boxes which do not fit properly on a netbook reduced screen size. This is really just an annoyance.

I am hopeful that, given Mandriva's attention to the netbook scene, that at least the first two of these is corrected by this release of Mandriva 2009.0 XFCE.

If so, this release will have the best out-of-the-box support for the MSI Wind U100 of any Linux distribution to date.

XFCE is a farily good fit for netbooks (apart from the odd over-large dialog box), it is lightweight enough yet powerful enough also. XFCE also has no Mono dependencies. I'm personally downloading this Mandriva 2009.0 XFCE release right now to try it out on my MSI Wind U100 netbook.

Edited 2008-11-18 02:40 UTC

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