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[2]: Great distro
by porcel on Sun 26th Aug 2007 21:13 UTC 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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