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". 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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by agrouf on Fri 30th May 2008 14:56 UTC
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urpmi gives you more control than apt-get or aptitude, but you have to know how to use it. The newbie will be confused when urpmi asks him if he'd prefer gcc3 or gcc4.
It does not give as much control as portage but it is fast and easy when you know what you want to do.

Mandriva is good distro for the desktop. It's productive and stable, like slackware but with a huge repository like debian, an excellent package manager like no other distro and the best, by far, configuration tools.

The draktools are the best. Complete and it doesn't break because you edit the configuration files by hand, it just reads what you have configured and adapt to it. Just brillant.

PCLOS is a good idea: a dumbed down version of Mandriva with a simple package manager a la Ubuntu. For the newbies, this would be the perfect introduction to linux if it had the repository size of Mandriva/Ubuntu/Debian and if it supported more languages correcly. With time, this distro will improve, but I'd prefer that Mandriva give the option to use a simple package manager for those who don't know what they do.

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