Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Oct 2005 18:47 UTC
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris "In accordance with its commitment to empowering users worldwide with the most innovative Linux operating system, Mandriva today released Mandriva 2006. The new version of the company's flagship product merges pioneer technologies from Conectiva and Lycoris, as well as spanning for the first time a one-year release cycle." Buy it from the Mandriva store, or wait until the download version is released. Update: Gael Duval, the founder of Mandriva, just notified me that Mandriva 2006 can be installed via ftp. Mirrors are here, choose "public ftp mirrors". CD images are not yet available.
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by fretinator on Thu 13th Oct 2005 19:58 UTC in reply to "."
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Linux, like the Macintosh, attracts legions of fanboys. These penguinistas form communities that are irresistible to trolls. Though especially rabid on defense, penguinistas can rarely give it as good as they take it. Linux trolls, in the guise of advocacy, often go to other communities to evangelize about Linux on the slimmest pretense. Unlike most drama, the flame wars between OS advocates aren't entertaining.

I've used many, many distros, and the truth is that they all have their strengths and weaknesses. I state what I think are Mandrake's strengths at the risk of fanboy/flame [aka, ad hominem] attacks:

Mandriva strikes a balance between providing good, user-friendly configuration tools for the average user. However, unlike some distros, these tools do not take over and prevent the power user from manually configuring the entire system to their liking. It is this balance I find appealing. Sometimes I just want to use a friendly, easy desktop. Other times I need to recompile the kernel and manually install some specific kernel modules. I can do either one with Mandriva Also, things like menus work on all desktops. If I decide to user Blackbox, I haven't lost all my application menus.

On the weaknesses front, Mandriva has always struggled with too-rapid release cycles. Thus, we will now see releases like 2005, 2006, etc. - annual, hopefully stable releases. On the other hand, bleeding-edge frequent interim releases will continue to be available from the club. I am using 2006, and find it to be "fairly" stable, but yes there are some quirky bugs. I hope patches (not new releases) will take care of some of these issues. I do not work for Mandriva, but I have followed its progress since the beginning. I also use many other Distros, including the BSD's.
Tommy "Penguinista" Dison

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This is a pretty fair summary. I've always used Mandrake, and liked it, but with 10.1 moved the people I support over to Suse - real difficulties installing on two different hardware configurations, surprisingly enough. 2005 seems to have overcome this sort of thing. I'm on 2005 now myself, and stability isn't an issue.

The great strength is the administrative tools, the large software collection, and the fact that it just works. It isn't particularly fast, and its less easy to customize or keep up to date than Debian, but its only when you have to reconfigure things in Debian that you appreciate what the various 'drakes' do. All in all, it strikes me as about as user friendly and manageable as XP or OS X, though different from either, as they are from each other. Better than YaST to administer, at least in 9.2. Documentation is not particularly wonderful. The Suse documentation is a lot better.

Someone here says he had trouble with his camera. I do too, but I also have trouble on two flavors of Windows, and on Suse as well. Card readers are foolproof though.

Every now and then I think about leaving Mandrake and going to Debian, but I'm used to it, and it just works so I don't bother. Its one of the three or four you can safely recommend to people who want to move away from Windows, but in a measured way.

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