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 AdamW on Fri 30th May 2008 15:27 UTC
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Wow, thanks for all the positive feedback, guys. ;)

Just to address PCLOS - PCLOS is effectively based on Mandriva, yes. At two points, PCLOS has based itself off Mandriva: for the 0.93a release of PCLOS (with all its ongoing development), they initially based off Mandrake 9.2, and continued development pretty much independently from there. Then for the current 2007 release of PCLOS, they re-based - basically, started over from scratch based on - Mandriva Linux 2007. Since that re-base, PCLOS development and MDV development are pretty much independent. PCLOS does its own development on things like the kernel and KDE so obviously at this point (a year and a half later) there will be differences in hardware support and so on. It's true to say PCLOS is 'based on' Mandriva in the sense that they use Mandriva as an initial base for development, but that doesn't mean there's not significant differences between them.

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