Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2007 22:20 UTC, submitted by Valour
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris "Mandriva Linux has a history of inconsistency; one release will be superb, and the next one will be so bug-ridden and feature-weak that it's unusable. The only commonality among all releases are the excellent system configuration tools, which have continued to evolve over the years to match an increasing level of complexity in the desktop software stack. True to form, Mandriva 2008.0 is an excellent release, following the terrible 2007.1, and the just as excellent 2007.0. Some of the important things that were dropped from the previous release (Cedega, LinDVD) are back, and some of the problems (huge K menu button, cluttered menus) have been mitigated."
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Sounds pretty good :)
by WereCatf on Wed 17th Oct 2007 10:28 UTC
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2006-02-15

It looks like Mandriva might actually be worth trying out. I use Gentoo on all my computers as I haven't found a good binary distro to settle in as my second OS but reading through the review I might try Mandriva Powerpack . A binary distro on my laptop would just be a lot more useable than Gentoo in the sense that this has quite little storage space, and is not exactly too fast..(Compiling stuff takes years) Oh, and I gotta say that it's nice to see a distro which by default installs all the necessary stuff to play most types of media.

Desktop effects -- Metisse and Compiz Fusion -- are just as horrible in Mandriva 2008.0 as they were in previous releases and in all other Linux distros that they rear their ugly heads in

I still use Beryl and I have to say that it works pretty good ;) It has a few bugs but they aren't too severe and certainly not show-stoppers. And well, I disagree with the author's opinion that they (Mandriva) should just drop support for any kinds of 3D desktop effects. I find them useful, the desktop feels more fluid and it also looks prettier.

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