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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RE: Great distro
by shapeshifter on Sun 26th Aug 2007 05:56 UTC in reply to "Great distro"
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I think Mandriva is one of the best free distros today. It is a shame people seems to ignore it. Mandriva 2007.1 aka Mandriva Spring works out of box, with Nvidia, Wireless, multimedia codecs and more, with little configuration needed.

Well, if you know the history of Mandrake, former name of Mandriva, you'd understand why they fell in popularity.
Linux users tend to have long memories and are picky when it comes to distros.
Mandriva may get some newcomers to Linux but to the 5+ year Linux users it's pretty much dead.
With so many other great and free distros it's better to support a truly free distro like Debian or Gentoo.
But yeah, it's going to be hard for any distro to compete with Ubuntu.

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RE[2]: Great distro
by gireesh on Sun 26th Aug 2007 17:31 in reply to "RE: Great distro"
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Why is Mandriva not a truly free distro?

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RE[3]: Great distro
by shapeshifter on Sun 26th Aug 2007 20:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Great distro"
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Why is Mandriva not a truly free distro?

Well, have you looked at their website?
It's a real dog and pony show. Finding and choosing life insurance is easier.
And they still have that stupid club that drove away most of their users.
And if you get the Discovery and most basic club membership you're out 100 euro and get what's equivalent to a type writer software in return.
Powerpack and Silver club is more than twice what Vista Business costs (OEM).
How do they expect to attract new users? With those prices? Unlikely.

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RE[2]: Great distro
by porcel on Sun 26th Aug 2007 21:13 in reply to "RE: Great distro"
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Pass on the pipe. I want whatever you are smoking.

Mandriva/Mandrake has always been a "truly free distro". All of its tools are under the GPL as its the distribution itself and they have always released a completely free distro, besides the one with the additional proprietary bits.

If you are allergic to things like flash or proprietary codecs, and maybe we should all be, simply do dot install them.

In fact, Mandrake was a complete free distribution well before Suse release Yast under the GPL. Some of you people are ahistorical or simply like to spread disinformation, which serves no one.

Sometimes, when I hear of people pointing to Gentoo when discussing Desktop distributions, it almost makes me think that they are probably astroturfing for Microsoft or somebody else. By giving new users the impression that Linux is damn hard to use, which they might get if Gentoo is their first encounter, they actually drive them away.

Mandrake has had a graphical installer and has been easier to install than anything else for as long as I care to remember. Their partition manager is still second to none in ergonomics. Lest you think that I am some crazy Mandrake fan, I am actually not running it currently, although my family members do.

I have a mixture of Debian, Ubuntu, Suse and Red Hat on the networks and computers that I look after, but Mandrake is a fine distribution and I am tired of people spreading nonsense about it every time an article about it is posted.

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RE[2]: Great distro
by KenJackson on Sun 26th Aug 2007 21:38 in reply to "RE: Great distro"
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But yeah, it's going to be hard for any distro to compete with Ubuntu.

This reminded me of one of my favorite quotes that I had clipped some time ago, so I went and found:

Business Week, 1958: With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big slice of the U.S. market.

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