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 djame on Sun 26th Aug 2007 15:59 UTC in reply to "Great distro"
djame
Member since:
2005-07-08

>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.

I guess you're not talking about the free edition ? it's true that the powerpack really rules but seriously the free edition should have kept the original name they gave to it ; the limited edition.

At least with Gael Duval, the original spirit was kept all along : one great distro for every one.

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RE[2]: Great distro
by AdamW on Sun 26th Aug 2007 18:48 in reply to "RE: Great distro"
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

It's Free. That means it's...Free. So of course you get no NVIDIA drivers, little chance of wireless working (since there's hardly any wireless cards that work without non-free stuff), and a few other hardware issues.

But it's very easy - http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/Docs/Basic_tasks/Installing_and_removin... - to enable the non-free repository, and install all these packages. Of course, doing this also enables the main and contrib repositories, which contain *every* official free / open source Mandriva package - none of these are available only in the Powerpack.

It is also very easy to download One instead, which comes with them all included.

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RE[3]: Great distro
by djame on Sun 26th Aug 2007 19:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Great distro"
djame Member since:
2005-07-08

"It's Free. That means it's...Free. So of course you get no NVIDIA drivers, little chance of wireless working (since there's hardly any wireless cards that work without non-free stuff), and a few other hardware issues. "

that's why you shouldn't have stated that everything including NVIDIA and wifi work right of the box ;)

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