Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Aug 2007 19:56 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris The second beta of Mandriva Linux 2008, codenamed Galilee, is now available. The release notes are available here. A guide to major new features (some of which are not yet implemented in this beta) is available here, and the detailed technical specifications are available here. This beta is available as a three CD or one DVD Free edition (containing no non-free software or drivers) for the x86-32 and x86-64 architectures, with a traditional installer. Future betas will be available in One live/install CD hybrid editions with proprietary drivers.
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thebluesgnr
Member since:
2005-11-14

For those who have been following the betas of certain other projects, we would also point out that Mandriva has rejoiced in the possession of a graphical X configuration tool for something on the order of eight years, and easy printing configuration (and a default PDF virtual printer) for nearly as long. ;)

Have you guys done any usability work on them for 2008?

I bought a laptop that came loaded with Mandriva (thank you HP) and the UI for most of the configuration tools was horrible. They actually look like they were designed 8 years ago.

Does Mandriva have at least one usability expert to review them?

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elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

Does Mandriva have at least one usability expert to review them?


Do you prefer a tool that works well or looks pretty?

The "usability" argument lately seems to be degenerating into a generic fallback for justifying lack of functionality. At the end of the day, if it does the job, it does the job.

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oomingmak Member since:
2006-09-22

"Do you prefer a tool that works well or looks pretty?"

Since when were those attributes mutually exclusive?

A well designed interface can actually enhance usability.

Edited 2007-08-26 06:38

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