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: Mandriva vs Fedora ?
by AdamW on Sun 26th Aug 2007 18:46 UTC in reply to "Mandriva vs Fedora ?"
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"Fedora has more packages in its repos, more up to date"

To my knowledge that's simply not true. There are substantially more packages in the official Mandriva repositories (over 14,000) than in the official Fedora repositories. As far as I know, Fedora has no official equivalent to Mandriva's backports repositories, which means we have a substantial advantage in providing up-to-date versions of software for stable releases.

"and once the repos are enabled"

You don't need such third party repositories on Mandriva. They exist, but are much smaller and less vital. This gives you the advantage of a more cohesive package base; you get 14,000+ packages that are all built on the official Mandriva build cluster by the official Mandriva buildsystem, against each other.

"With all due respect to the Mandriva people, what do Mandriva provide that Fedora doesn't ?"

Better KDE packaging, more configuration tools, more packages, official non-free repositories, backports...

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