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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RE: Any netbook users out there?
by lemur2 on Wed 8th Apr 2009 01:16 UTC in reply to "Any netbook users out there?"
lemur2
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2007-02-17

I am still searching for the "right" distro for my Asus 1000HE. Under Windows it gets 8+ hours of battery life. So far I have tried Ubuntu NBR, EeeBuntu 2.0 and Moblin. I have also tried all kinds of kernel hacks (hpet), acpi stuff, EeeApplet, Eee Control, etc. The only distro so far that had given me a good battery life is Moblin, but it WAY too alpha for me. Any reports on battery life and Mandriva? Battery life and portability are the whole reason I bought a netbook. I hate giving up 2-3 hours of battery life just to run Linux.


KDE also apparently has a plan for a specific version of plasma designed with netbooks in mind.

http://aseigo.blogspot.com/2009/04/plasma-on-netbooks.html

They are targetting KDE 4.4 for this, so it should be available in January next year.

Interestingly enough, while KDE has now gone to a six monthly release cycle, and it is GNOME which is now thinking about going through a difficult transition stage:

http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/features/article.php/3814021/

You can almost imagine that Shuttleworth is wondering here if he backed the right horse.

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wakeupneo Member since:
2005-07-06

You can almost imagine that Shuttleworth is wondering here if he backed the right horse.


Well...since he decided to utilise the strength of Debian as the base, he didn't really have much of an option on that front. Back then, the licensing for Qt wasn't quite where it needed to be, so KDE wasn't applicable. That's all changed now of course, but once they started down that road the die was cast. It'll be interesting to see if Kubuntu can mature enough to give it some serious competition. Personally, I don't see it happening but we live in hope...

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"You can almost imagine that Shuttleworth is wondering here if he backed the right horse.
Well...since he decided to utilise the strength of Debian as the base, he didn't really have much of an option on that front. Back then, the licensing for Qt wasn't quite where it needed to be, so KDE wasn't applicable. That's all changed now of course, but once they started down that road the die was cast. It'll be interesting to see if Kubuntu can mature enough to give it some serious competition. Personally, I don't see it happening but we live in hope... "

Meanwhile, KDE4 is just now coming in to Debian Sid. It is creating some anxiety for the Siddux distro, which is based on Debian Sid.

http://sidux.com/

But, for the large part, despite some anxious moments such as that, KDE 4.2 has now stabilised and it works, and works well. Performance now is great. The hurdle of the major change represented by KDE 4 is now largely behind it, and KDE 4 is very much where the innovation on the desktop is all at right now ... despite the hype over Windows 7.

Meanwhile, as Shuttleworth notes, a similar sort of upheaval is required for GNOME to stay relevant, and it has all that ahead of it now ...

For GNOME, there is also the additional problem of external parties apparently trying their absolute best to saddle it with Mono dependencies.

If Shuttleworth is indeed irrevocably backed into a corner, and the die is indeed truly cast ... then he has a real problem coming up.

From his words though, and his praise of the KDE team ... I'm not sure that he hasn't got an "escape to KDE4" route all planned out already.

Edited 2009-04-08 05:01 UTC

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