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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Somewhat Biased
by Guppetto on Sat 13th Oct 2007 02:58 UTC
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While the review was okay, to me it comes off biased. Themes and personal preference items while good for side commentary shouldn't be considered when reviewing a distribution, because those item have no bearing on how well the system works with your hardware or the how well the applications meet your needs. The overall look of the distribution is worth mentioning, but lets just leave it at I like the look or I don't, but it's easily modified. Also, if you know you have a piece of hardware that is unlikely to work(in almost all distibutions), how can you hold it against the distro especially when they've set up specific instructions on a wiki to try to help users get around the problem. If windows isn't expected to meet this requirment, why should Mandriva be held to that standard. No distro can be all things for every user's hardware. As the owner of a Thinkpad T60, I've got to say that Mandriva 2008 is great for Thinkpads. I have Intel/ATI hardware components and everything works out of the box with no configuration changes. In the past two days I've installed openSUSE 10.3 and Mandriva and while I was very impressed with openSUSE 10.3 Mandriva deintely edges it out. openSUSE has frame buffer issues when you try to install the latest ATI proprietary drivers and requires you to modify the Boot menulistto have any chance of it working wit the 1XXX chipsets. Everything else in openSUSE worked fairly well, but it's just not as polished as Mandriva. Fonts, configuration tools and the install process are all componets that are implemented with more polish in mandriva. I've used openSUSE 10.2 for the past year and i really liked it, but Mandriva 2008 has convinced me to come back to my roots. I wish Lenovo would release it's Thinkvantage tools for all linux distributions instead of just SLED/openSUSE 10.2, becasue they're very useful. I'm happy to see mandriva get the publcity the review will provide, but I'm still waiting for a review that avoids mentioning Ubuntu and get to the root of whether or not an individual believes that Mandriva is a disto that will allow Linux users to be more productive than they were with last years group of disributions on the hardware and software fronts. Perhaps I've used Linux long enough to know how to not hold it against a distro if it isn't OSX (designed for a specific piece of hardware) out of the box. I wish evryone would have a more open mind with linux reviews that don't include Ubuntu in the title.

Edited 2007-10-13 03:02

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