Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Dec 2008 20:20 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris The first pre-release of Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring is now available. This alpha concentrates on updating to the major desktop components of the distribution, including KDE 4.2 Beta 2, GNOME 2.25.2, Xfce 4.6 Beta 2, server 1.5, and kernel 2.6.28 rc8. It is also the first distribution to introduce the major new Tcl/Tk release, 8.6. The alpha is available only in the DVD Free edition with a traditional installer and no proprietary applications; future pre-releases will add the live CD One edition with proprietary drivers. Please help test this first pre-release and report bugs to Mandriva.
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by TheIdiotThatIsMe on Wed 24th Dec 2008 03:21 UTC
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I am mostly a Gnome user, but Mandriva was actually my convincing trial of KDE4. I used it before over Ubuntu and OpenSuse, but Mandriva did a great job of visual and technical polish, and really helped show (to me) what KDE4 could do.

I'm really looking forward to the next release, and hope it continues to provide the same experience.

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