Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Apr 2009 11:05 UTC, submitted by Anne
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris The RC2 release of Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring (code name Estephe) is now available. This RC2 version provides some updates on major desktop components of the distribution, including KDE 4.2.2, GNOME 2.26, server 1.6, and kernel 2.6.29. This RC2 version proposes also nearly all of the 2009 Spring design. This version will allow you also to dump in a very easy way All available One hybrid isos on a USB key and then install Mandriva Linux on netbooks.
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"You can almost imagine that Shuttleworth is wondering here if he backed the right horse.
Well...since he decided to utilise the strength of Debian as the base, he didn't really have much of an option on that front. Back then, the licensing for Qt wasn't quite where it needed to be, so KDE wasn't applicable. That's all changed now of course, but once they started down that road the die was cast. It'll be interesting to see if Kubuntu can mature enough to give it some serious competition. Personally, I don't see it happening but we live in hope... "

Meanwhile, KDE4 is just now coming in to Debian Sid. It is creating some anxiety for the Siddux distro, which is based on Debian Sid.

But, for the large part, despite some anxious moments such as that, KDE 4.2 has now stabilised and it works, and works well. Performance now is great. The hurdle of the major change represented by KDE 4 is now largely behind it, and KDE 4 is very much where the innovation on the desktop is all at right now ... despite the hype over Windows 7.

Meanwhile, as Shuttleworth notes, a similar sort of upheaval is required for GNOME to stay relevant, and it has all that ahead of it now ...

For GNOME, there is also the additional problem of external parties apparently trying their absolute best to saddle it with Mono dependencies.

If Shuttleworth is indeed irrevocably backed into a corner, and the die is indeed truly cast ... then he has a real problem coming up.

From his words though, and his praise of the KDE team ... I'm not sure that he hasn't got an "escape to KDE4" route all planned out already.

Edited 2009-04-08 05:01 UTC

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