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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I'm very pleased
by JeffS on Fri 30th May 2008 14:38 UTC
JeffS
Member since:
2005-07-12

I have an off and on history with Mandrake/Mandriva.

I first discovered it as Mandrake 10, buying the PowerPack after having used Red Hat. Mandrake 10, at this time, was the best Linux desktop experience I ever had.

Later, Mandriva 2005 was pretty solid, and remained on one of my machines for over 2 years.

Mandriva 2007.1 was really nice, and showed great potential. But it has issues with my laptop and numlock. So I did not keep it at the time.

Mandriva 2008.0 was also really nice, but it had an issue with sound on HD install (sound was perfect in live mode, go figure).

Then with this latest release, 2008 Spring, I've near Linux desktop nirvana (perfection is nearly impossible in Linux desktop due to hardware manufacturers not always cooperating).

Everything, save for the broadcom wireless card (a known issue with all distros), works perfectly.

Great things about Mandriva 2008 Spring:

The Mandriva Control Center is the best of it's kind in all of the Linux world.

Mandriva is easily, IMHO, the nicest looking distro - theme, icons, fonts, desktop background, screen saver, colors, etc. Quite simply, it's gorgeous.

Urpmi/RPMDrake - equal to, or better than, apt/Synaptic on Debian/Ubuntu/Mepis/etc. Also, the Mandriva repos, while not as vast as the Deb ones, are more up to date, and so far, more stable.

Speed. It's quite snappy.

Stability. I've run several updates, no problems.

And in all honesty, I've been mostly a Debian/Ubuntu/Mepis/Sidux (Debian in general) user over the last 3 years or so. I generally like Debian based distros over RPM ones.

Also, I've been quite disappointed with Ubuntu Gutsy and Hardy - too many annoying bugs for my liking.

But Mandriva 2008 Spring trumps 'em all. In Mandriva, stuff just works, it's full featured, it looks great, and it's an absolute joy to use.

Great job Mandriva.

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RE: I'm very pleased
by AdamW on Fri 30th May 2008 15:28 in reply to "I'm very pleased"
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

JeffS - what problem do you have with your Broadcom wireless? It should be quite easy to get it working with at least ndiswrapper, you just have to run drakconnect, tell it you want to use ndiswrapper, and feed it a Windows driver. That *should* work...

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RE[2]: I'm very pleased
by JeffS on Fri 30th May 2008 16:33 in reply to "RE: I'm very pleased"
JeffS Member since:
2005-07-12

"JeffS - what problem do you have with your Broadcom wireless? It should be quite easy to get it working with at least ndiswrapper, you just have to run drakconnect, tell it you want to use ndiswrapper, and feed it a Windows driver. That *should* work..."

When I try to use ndiswrapper, and supply it the broadcom driver (from the Windows partion, no less), it gives me the error

"Unable to find the ndiswrapper interface".

I've checked to make sure that ndiswrapper is installed and the module loaded.

Maybe it's not installed and loaded properly. I've perused the Mandriva, and Mandriva users, forums, and came up with no real hot tips to solve the problem.

But, I'm probably not doing something correct with the ndiswrapper setup, and I'm guessing that you might know one (you've been a great Mandriva problem solver in the past). So any hot tips will be greatly appreciated.

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