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, 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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"Netbook friendly
Back when Mandriva Linux 2008 was released, a certain small computer was causing a bit of a stir in the PC world - the original Asus Eee PC. We recognized it for the game-changer it was, and built 2008 Spring to be Eee-friendly - the first mainstream distribution to integrate polished support for the little system. Now that original Eee has given birth to a whole family of Eee models and inspired a host of netbooks from other manufacturers, Mandriva Linux 2009 is keeping pace.

2009 Spring includes full hardware support for every currently available Eee models. We have worked together with the Mandriva Eee user community throughout the development of 2009. We have used the original Eee as one of our main test machines in performance and usability testing, to make sure Mandriva Linux 2009 boots quickly, performs speedily and is fully usable on the Eee. All the Mandriva configuration tools have been tested and tweaked where appropriate to fit into the lower resolution screens common on netbooks, and we have also tweaked some third-party applications for this restraint. As mentioned earlier, we've included the lightweight LXDE desktop in the Mandriva Linux 2009 repositories with an eye to netbook users. And going beyond the Eee, Mandriva Linux 2009 includes excellent out-of-the-box compatibility with other popular netbooks, such as the Acer Aspire One, MSI Wind and more. If you've got a netbook, Mandriva Linux 2009 may just be its new best friend!"

My own tips for running KDE 4.2.2 on a netbook:

(1) System Settings - Advanced tab - Nepomuk & strigi - turn them both off.

(2) System Settings - Appearance - Fonts - force the display to 96 DPI setting.

(3) System Settings - Display - turn the desktop effects off.

(4) Right-click the desktop and select Appearance -> Desktop Activity -> Type -> Folder View. This gets you a "traditional" icons-on-the-desktop behaviour.

More here:

Edited 2009-04-08 04:32 UTC

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