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 Flavio on Sun 26th Aug 2007 16:33 UTC
Flavio
Member since:
2007-08-26

Yes, I was talking about the free edition. Since Mandriva 2007 they are releasing the free One cd with proprietary drivers and codecs. It is a live CD that you can use to install your system. I think this method of installation is better than traditional ones for speed and simplicity.

It has a fair selection of software, and it can expanded easily via http://easyurpmi.zarb.org/ . In this site, after providing basic information about your system, you get a bunch of commands to copy and past in your terminal, after that you can use Mandriva graphical tools to pick whatever piece of software you need/want.

I see this is not a problem anymore, but the localization in my native language (portuguese) is excellent. Mandriva 2007 was the first distro who could detect and configure my HP laserjet 1020, I had to boot Windows XP only to do my printing before.

To be fair, the only grip a have with Mandriva is the relative lack of documentation for the new adepts. It would be nice tell everyone about tools like easyurpmi e.g.

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RE[2]: Great distro
by djame on Sun 26th Aug 2007 18:07 in reply to "RE: Great distro"
djame Member since:
2005-07-08

So when you said it supported NVIDIA right out of the box, it's not true because their drivers are not included into the free edition, the same for most of the wifi wrapper around ndiswrapper.
About the localisation, they support tons of langage since the very beginning, including bask, finnish and even britain, so it's not something new. It's one of their strenght. I think that portugese support was here way before connectiva was bought.
Despite all of this I'm glad that they keep the idea of metapackage from connectiva but i'm sad they didn't really push it to its extent.

I'd be glad to have a lot of metapackages
console
X11
gnome
KDE
E17
gcc Devel
Java Devel
latex
Video Tools
and so on

and not having to dig around too many times
that would ease a lof ot thing.

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RE[3]: Great distro
by AdamW on Sun 26th Aug 2007 18:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Great distro"
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

[adamw@lenovo dejavu]$ urpmq task
No package named task
The following packages contain task:
...
task-c++-devel
task-c-devel
...
task-e17
...
task-gnome
task-gnome-minimal
...
task-kde
task-kde-devel
...
task-x11

there's quite a lot of 'em. ;)

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RE[3]: Great distro
by opkool on Mon 27th Aug 2007 14:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Great distro"
opkool Member since:
2006-02-13

So when you said it supported NVIDIA right out of the box, it's not true because their drivers are not included into the free edition,

Read again the parent post:

Yes, I was talking about the free edition. Since Mandriva 2007 they are releasing the free One cd with proprietary drivers and codecs.

While the Free version has no proprietary drivers, the One Live CD has them.

And this is because "Free" means "Free as in Freedom", including only Free Software.

Proprietary drivers are not free software, thus, not included in the Free version.

This is why you have available the Mandriva One Live CD, with proprietary drivers. And it has a big icon on your desktop called "Install", so you can install the distro.

Peace

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