Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Apr 2009 11:05 UTC, submitted by Anne
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris The RC2 release of Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring (code name Estephe) is now available. This RC2 version provides some updates on major desktop components of the distribution, including KDE 4.2.2, GNOME 2.26, X.org server 1.6, and kernel 2.6.29. This RC2 version proposes also nearly all of the 2009 Spring design. This version will allow you also to dump in a very easy way All available One hybrid isos on a USB key and then install Mandriva Linux on netbooks.
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Whats the point
by marcelkoopman on Tue 7th Apr 2009 15:28 UTC
marcelkoopman
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2007-03-23

Why should anyone choose Mandriva over Ubuntu? I really have no clue. What makes it different or better?

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RE: Whats the point
by Gone fishing on Tue 7th Apr 2009 15:53 in reply to "Whats the point"
Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

Firstly Mandriva is a KDE distribution.

Secondly ease of use, my first pleasant experience with Linux comes from Mandriva (Then Mandrake). It has some nice graphical tools to help you set it up etc.

I have to say I now use Ubuntu but I've got space on my hard drive for another OS I might well try Mandriva again or maybe the latest Opensuse.

So many distros so much choice.

Edited 2009-04-07 15:55 UTC

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RE[2]: Whats the point
by kenji on Wed 8th Apr 2009 15:05 in reply to "RE: Whats the point"
kenji Member since:
2009-04-08

Firstly Mandriva is a KDE distribution...


Mandriva is most certainly NOT a KDE distro. It was at one point but that is long in the past. I run Mandriva with GNOME exclusively. Mandriva also works great with XFCE.

Mandriva is a desktop neutral distro.

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RE: Whats the point
by Morty on Tue 7th Apr 2009 16:18 in reply to "Whats the point"
Morty Member since:
2005-07-06

It's more user friendly.

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RE: Whats the point
by WereCatf on Tue 7th Apr 2009 16:31 in reply to "Whats the point"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Why should anyone choose Mandriva over Ubuntu? I really have no clue. What makes it different or better?

The tools and utilities, available packages, the look-and-feel and so forth? I have tried Ubuntu, I did try to like it, but I just couldn't. Not to mention that I always had some issues with Ubuntu, either it crashed on me all the time, or sound didn't work, or it screwed up some configuration files I had altered or so forth. Mandriva just works a whole lot better for me.

That said, I hope 2009.1 final arrives soon ^^

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RE: Whats the point
by orfanum on Wed 8th Apr 2009 09:28 in reply to "Whats the point"
orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

I have not long installed 2009 One on my Satellite, after having experimented with SimplyMepis 8.0 and Linux Mint (the latter based on Ubuntu).

Simply Mepis would not allow me to use compositing out of the box (and it seemed to be such a new release that I didn't find much out by Googling), while Linux Mint would not even boot fully (dropped into a console - I checked the media, no problems in those terms). In comparison, Mandriva did the lot straight off the bat.

I also have tried to like Ubuntu (the forums in my experience are populated with a friendly bunch) but like others say, there's always something pesky about its hardware support.

I was recently disappointed to read that Mandriva was running into problems - I hope these have been overcome because it sure is a handy distro for first-timers.

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RE: Whats the point
by bannor99 on Wed 8th Apr 2009 12:54 in reply to "Whats the point"
bannor99 Member since:
2005-09-15

Mandrake was one of the first distros that struck a balance between user-friendliness and bleeding-edge.
As mentioned by others, they had graphical tools for things that were done by editing config files by most
distros at the time.
What isn't often mentioned is that their tools would work
from either console or X. If you were in console mode and ran harddrake, you'd get an Curses-like interface and
if you ran the same command from an X-term, you'd get a graphical tool.

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