Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 5th Aug 2008 19:14 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Jack Wallen of TechRepublic tried the Mandriva 2008 Spring and his verdict is "Mandriva Spring 2008 Live CD better than most other distributions fully installed." He claims that "This is, without a doubt, the finest release of any Linux distribution I have ever experienced in my 10+ years of using Linux."
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And this is where it all went wrong
by fsckit on Tue 5th Aug 2008 19:42 UTC
fsckit
Member since:
2006-09-24

This is where I am truly amazed. Even running as a Live CD Mandriva is out performing the fully installed gOS on the laptop.

Look I'm glad the author likes the OS. That's awesome, but flat out making dishonest claims won't get any of us anywhere. Unless you have a hard drive that is say 6+ years old, there is absolutely no possibility that a livecd outperformed a real install. Period.

Offtopic: IMHO I wish the livecd as install cd craze would go away already. I have no need to load up an entire desktop full of bloat just to run one little installer application.

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Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

Didn't you just go wrong? A livecd OS could be configured to run the entire OS from system memory, whereas a different installed OS could be configured to run and page from disk, making worse use of the faster system memory. It is entirely possible to have a livecd OS run faster than an installed OS...

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fsckit Member since:
2006-09-24

I'm well aware of this. Just because it "can" be configured to do so, does not mean that is the standard way of doing so, or even a common way. My home workstation has 1GB of RAM and nearly every livecd that I've tried the load to RAM option on fails miserably. Except DSL, which can load on nearly anything recent.

The point is, a fracking installer should never ever ever ever need over 1GB of RAM.

I'm also aware that Mandriva and others provide install only cd sets. Again, just because it's one way to go does not mean it's common. My days of burning 3 to 6 CDs for a Linux install are over.

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satan666 Member since:
2008-04-18

I have no need to load up an entire desktop full of bloat just to run one little installer application.


Nobody told you to install from the Live CD. There are many other installers that just install like any other installer. You can do a network install or you can use the Free DVD installer or the Free 3 CD installer or the mini CD installer. If you are a real newbie then the Live CD installer could make your life easier. Also the Live CD is good for testing the hardware compatibility before you touch the hard drive.

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AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

"Offtopic: IMHO I wish the livecd as install cd craze would go away already. I have no need to load up an entire desktop full of bloat just to run one little installer application."

As satan pointed out, MDV also offers a traditional installer available in several ways. Most distros have alternative install methods you can use if you don't like the live CD install system.

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motang Member since:
2008-03-27

With Ubuntu 8.04 and up you can boot directly into the installer which by passes the LiveCD desktop.

Edited 2008-08-05 20:34 UTC

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kernelpanicked Member since:
2006-02-01

I'm no huge Ubuntu fan but that does sound like a very cool option.

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