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[4]: Great distro
by gireesh on Mon 27th Aug 2007 01:17 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Great distro"
gireesh
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2005-07-24

Comments about the website are ok but you still did not answer the question. Mandrake/Mandriva has ALWAYS released free isos for their releases (remember SuSE and it's ftp only install?)
Mandrake/Mandriva has always had their employees giving back to the open source movement.
The Club is something they need in order to survive. Mandriva is primarily oriented towards the desktop and there is where they would like to make money. Is that wrong?
If they had a multimillionaire backing them, sure they did not need any club. Fact is they deliver a damn fine distro that even Ubuntu is just catching up with in terms of configuration tools.
I am silver member there but only because I believe they deserve it (shortcomings and all...mind you).
Nowhere on the website do they say "you have to buy membership for this product to work".
Asking for money does not make their distro any less free than Ubuntu...paying is a choice the user makes.

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