Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th May 2008 20:37 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Two Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring reviews came out in the last couple of days. ZDNet notes that "Mandriva Linux is popular with developers and enthusiasts, and there's a thriving community ready and able to help with problems" and concludes that "overall we liked what we saw. Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring may not be the best distro for the newcomer moving over from Windows, but if you're used to the way Linux works and want to try something different, give it a try". Linux.com praised the hardware support and the Control Center, and declared that "despite a few minor glitches, after several weeks of testing the two Mandriva flavors, I have finally come across a distro that gives you the best of the GNU/Linux and proprietary worlds in terms of ease of use, range of software, and stability on hardware that ranges from old Celerons to newer multi-core machines".
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Very pleased indeed
by orfanum on Thu 29th May 2008 23:37 UTC
orfanum
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2006-06-02

I have had 2008.1 installed for some weeks(both at home, initially, and now at work). I have so far been able easily to resist my usual tendency to wipe and install X-other distribution whenever the Next Big Thing has apparently come along (I have looked at one other distro since but its live cd imediately convinced me that what I had in Mandriva was very much worth keeping). Only one observation to make to date: Metisse works fine on my Nvidia Geforce Go 6400 in the works lappy but won't even start at home, where I have an ATI graphics chip (ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600).

It's just been so easy to use and configure otherwise. I dip in and out of it at work since it appears to run more smoothly and consistently than XP Pro (in terms of responsiveness, XP just seems to lag here and there without apparent cause - I am sure that I will be able to figure that out at some point, it's just by way of simple comparison). Once I have been able to set up Spicebird (http://www.spicebird.com/) and therefore have something approaching for me what I get in Outlook now, it may just become my main work OS. I don't think I have ever been able to consider Linux in that context, ever - this iteration of Mandriva has given me a lot of confidence in Linux, and I still have the Noob shininess about me, I have to say.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I've been running Mandriva as my primary OS for a few years now after dual booting for years before and still can't find a reason to seriously consider another distribution. Even Debian has been slow to really make use of on VM install becuase my Mandriva ISO is right there and handy.

2008.1 has been fantastic on my systems too. There seems to be a SquashFS error during boot off the livdCD but it does not seem to effect anything and the Free disks have shown no issues.

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