Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:16 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Mandriva Linux 2008 is now available for download on the official site (release announcement), and on the network of public mirror servers. 2008 includes all the latest software and enhancements over previous Mandriva releases. You will find KDE 3.5.7 and the new GNOME 2.20 already integrated, kernel 2.6.22.9 with fair scheduling support, OpenOffice.org 2.2.1, a 3D-accelerated desktop (Compiz Fusion and Metisse), Firefox 2.0.0.6, and much more. You can read about the new features of Mandriva Linux 2008 in depth in the Release Tour. The release notes contain important information on changes from previous releases. The errata will contain information on any future known issues and solutions for them.
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JeffS
Member since:
2005-07-12

I'm using Mandriva One.

The graphics card is an onboard Via CLE266.

I will most definitely try the repos again, BTW.

Also, do you have any hot tips regarding the numlock thing, based on my previous description.

BTW - thanks for your response. As my previous post stated, I'm in a pro-Debian, non-RPM phase right now. But I'm actually wanting to really give both Mandriva and openSuSE a good college try.

Both have put out great distros in the past (Mandrake 10 was far and above the best distro I'd used at the time of it's release).

Plus, I'm somewhat bored with Debian, Ubuntu, and derivatives. Time for something different. :-)

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AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

On the graphics adapter - I tweaked the detection for VIA adapters myself based on information from users of VIA chipsets and also stuff from the Openchrome documentation. If 3D acceleration is disabled for your chip that's most likely because there isn't a working driver with 3D acceleration support available, at least to my knowledge.

Could you please run this command as root, so I can know exactly which Unichrome chip your board has?

lspcidrake -v | grep VGA

also, if you have been successful in getting 3D acceleration on other distributions, could you let me know how? Thanks!

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JeffS Member since:
2005-07-12

"Could you please run this command as root, so I can know exactly which Unichrome chip your board has?

lspcidrake -v | grep VGA"


Gladly:

Card:S3 UniChrome-based cards with 3D support: VIA Technologies, Inc.|VT8623 [Apollo CLE266] integrated CastleRock graphics [DISPLAY_VGA] (vendor:1106 device:3122 subv:1019 subd:b320)

By the way, when I talk about "3d acceleration", I'm talking simple stuff like running PlanetPenguin Racer both fast and smooth (which it does on Deb based distros, but seems to fail on my recent forays into RPM based distros). Now, serious 3d stuff, like GoogleEarth, never works correctly (I don't think it works correctly with OpenGL, but prefers DirectX).

I just want the diversion of PPRacer, or TuxKart, once in a while, and the knowledge that my hardware is being fully utilized by my installed distro.

"also, if you have been successful in getting 3D acceleration on other distributions, could you let me know how? Thanks!"

I would gladly tell you that, if I ever successfully did it manually myself. But I haven't. The hd auto-dection and auto-configuration of Debian, Ubuntu, SimplyMepis, Kanotix, sidux, Kubuntu, and Linux Mint have all done it for me.

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AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

On the numlock issue - sorry, no. The 'default numlock on' setup is correct for all my systems so I've never had occasion to look at it. You could post to the Mandriva forums, or to one of our user support mailing lists, perhaps.

On repositories - current status is that adding repositories through rpmdrake should work, but you will most likely get NOKEY warnings for every package you try to install. This was corrected on our master mirror around two hours ago. One mirror that I tested has the fix sync'ed already (pubkey files were missing from the media_info directories), but all the others don't yet. Once the mirrors are all sync'ed up, things should work without problems, but you will have to re-add the repositories if you added them before the fix was sync'ed. I'm posting this information everywhere I can, sorry for the inconvenience.

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