Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Oct 2007 22:25 UTC
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Earlier this week, Mandriva released Mandriva Linux 2008.0, the latest version of their flagship Linux distribution. Mandriva was so kind as to provide me with a copy of Mandriva Linux 2008.0 PowerPack, the commercial version. Back when it was named Mandrake, it was my first ever Linux distribution (I bought a Linux magazine), so I have always had a special place for Mandriva. Read on for a review.
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Multimedia is a plus in Mandriva
by porcel on Fri 12th Oct 2007 12:17 UTC
porcel
Member since:
2006-01-28

I think a big selling issue for Mandriva is that they have paid-for codecs so that all your multimedia needs are covered out of the box.

Of course, this can be done in other distributions with a few mouse clicks (Ubuntu) or more mouse clicks (Suse requires the uninstallation of their crippled kaffeine, amarok and xine and the installation of packman's kaffeine, amarok and libxine).

But in the ease of use department for a new user, having codecs work out of the box is miles ahead in importance than the fact that they use the best application for the task, irrespective of which toolkit was used to write it.

In fact, most windows users are very much used to having all kinds of applications use all kinds of layout, widgets and toolkits, so I doubt that that is a major issue for them.

Overall, this was a good review, although I would have liked to hear a bit more about stability, responsiveness of the system and urpmi, which I hear has been improved even further in this release.

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nutshell42 Member since:
2006-01-12

or more mouse clicks (Suse requires the uninstallation of their crippled kaffeine, amarok and xine and the installation of packman's kaffeine, amarok and libxine).

Actually that's not true for OS10.3. I clicked on a mp3, kaffeine launched, told me it lacked codecs and gave me a link. When you click on it it takes you to a help page with one of SuSE's meta-package links (does anyone else use them? They're great), that then was busy for about 20mins installing uncrippled media players, java, flash and all the other stuff.

It's really great.

Unfortunately SuSE's still dooooooog slooooowwwww compared to other distros. So back to PCLinuxOS

Compare that to my Mandrake experience:
1. Download page needs JS, I hate those pages.
2. After activating it and selecting the first download link I get a 404
3. The third works but stalls half way through.
4. You Fail.

Edited 2007-10-12 17:17

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AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

I just tested the download page. The first link in the list is to the Austrian server, http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/pub/linux/Mandrakelinux/official/iso/2008.0 . I checked, and this download worked correctly.

The FTP / HTTP mirrors are under heavy load at the moment. It's a better idea to use the BitTorrent downloads, which are linked right there on the downloads page.

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porcel Member since:
2006-01-28

I was talking of the powerpack which sells for 35 , which is what Thom was reviewing here.

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