Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Nov 2008 19:19 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Thanks to the Mandriva Xfce volunteer development team, a community Xfce One edition of Mandriva Linux 2009 is now available for download from all official Mandriva mirrors. A list of download locations can be found on the Wiki page. This release gives you all the benefits of Mandriva Linux 2009 along with a fast and stable Xfce desktop.
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RE[5]: another distro!
by spiderman on Tue 18th Nov 2008 11:39 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: another distro!"
spiderman
Member since:
2008-10-23

Ubuntu or opensuse? Quite different beasts if you ask me.
Mandriva has nothing to do with Ubuntu and little in common with opensuse.

For one thing, Mandriva is a desktop distro, maybe the best desktop distro out there. It is tuned for the desktop. It boots fast, and launches applications fast (because it has preload by default). It has the most intuitive and best configuration tools. The XFCE edition is very polished and is quite different. I like XFCE because I find it the most intuitive desktop out there. It is a lot easier than KDE or GNOME for me. Mandriva and XFCE is the perfect match for me.

This is a great release and I'm happy they talk about it here.
This is one article about a new realease of Mandriva in the middle of 100s of articles about Windows 7, which is not released.
I don't see what you are complaining about. Mandriva is one of the most advanced distros out there (I believe it is the most advanced distro for the desktop) and it has a lot of unique features and this release brings a lot of new ones. This is a big step forward in the field of desktop OS. Ubuntu is just debian testing with a new theme and some desktop apps installed by default.

The biggest feature of Mandriva 2009 is its speed in my opinion. Try it. It boots in less than 15 seconds on my desktop and applications launch immediately. Nothing to do with Ubuntu or Opensuse.

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RE[6]: another distro!
by Adurbe on Tue 18th Nov 2008 13:57 in reply to "RE[5]: another distro!"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

I am aware Mandrivia is not a derivitive of opensuse nor ubuntu (it was a redhat spin-off back in the day but that doesnt really hold true anymore)

Ubuntu is more than just debian testing with open office, have you used th new network manager? THAT is (was) a new, unique feature.

Whats the comaprable feature in this release?

Please note im asking what is new in THIS release, NOT mandrivia in general

Is XFCE faster than a gnome install? they both run everything on the same gtk+ framework as far as I understand so in reality, where is this performace boost coming from? less memory usage of loading the panel?

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RE[7]: another distro!
by spiderman on Tue 18th Nov 2008 15:57 in reply to "RE[6]: another distro!"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23


Is XFCE faster than a gnome install? they both run everything on the same gtk+ framework as far as I understand so in reality, where is this performace boost coming from? less memory usage of loading the panel?

The main advantage of having XFCE on a liveCD according to me is its size. It's not just XFCE but all the XFCE apps (mousepad, orage, thunar, etc...) are much smaller in size on the disk. It is important if you want to install Mandriva on a small drive or distribute big software on the media.
What is new is this release: LUKS support.
http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/XfceLive

I get your point though. Many distros fork Ubuntu, change the wall paper and call it a revolution.
The good thing with this Mandriva Xfce Live CD is that they don't fork Mandriva but work with them. They tune Xfce for a live CD and for Mandriva.

I believe this is news worthy that they added LUKS support and synced with Mandriva 2009. Much more news worthy than what we read about Windows 7. I mean, look at the other articles! Someone TALKED about Windows 7 on the internet! This makes 2 to 3 news a week. Maybe this release is too small for you, but at least SOMETHING was released!

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RE[7]: another distro!
by AdamW on Tue 18th Nov 2008 17:24 in reply to "RE[6]: another distro!"
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

"Ubuntu is more than just debian testing with open office, have you used th new network manager? THAT is (was) a new, unique feature."

Not...really. This is Ubuntu's list of new features in NetworkManager in 8.10:

* system wide settings (i.e., no need to log in in order to get a connection)
* management of 3G connections (GSM/CDMA)
* management of multiple active devices at once
* management of PPP and PPPOE connections
* management of devices with static IP configurations
* route management for devices

Mandriva's drakconnect and net_applet have supported all of those features, for years (except route management).

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