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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"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."

This mostly doesn't really affect Mandriva 2009. We added a hack to apply the nvidia-settings tweaks that fix it on most hardware, out of the box.

If that is true, then I will give it a spin as soon as I have a chance. While I was generally impressed with KDE 4.1 - based on the looks, still don't like some of the regressions - when I played with it on Debian Experimental, I was also affected by the infamous nVidia driver bug and therefore the whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth.

And I really like the default KDE 4 look of the latest iterations of both Mandriva and SUSE offerings.

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