Home > Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris > First Look at a Distro Changed: Mandriva LE 2005 First Look at a Distro Changed: Mandriva LE 2005 Eugenia Loli 2005-05-02 Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris 31 Comments MadPenguin offers a first look at Mandriva LE along some screenshots. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 31 Comments 2005-05-02 9:50 am Anonymous Can I install it on a PPC though? And are there any decent drivers for my FireWire port? Does it support Gigabit Ethernet? 2005-05-02 11:04 am Anonymous The product sheets say “Pentium class” though Mandrake has supported PPC in the past, so it might be available. Firewire is typically provided by only two brands of conroller chipsets; supported under Linux for years. Gigabit Ethernet; yes, though I’d check your chipset first. Get one of the bootable CDs from online if you want to be sure. One place to look is here; http://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php Just select one of the PPC menu options and pick something. Ubuntu seems to be the current favorite. FWIW: The two companies just merged. Unless you are a current user and want to stay on the bleeding edge, I wouldn’t bother with a “Limited Edition 2005” release of any software let alone a full distribution. 2005-05-02 11:17 am Anonymous The PPC release is unofficial. You can get information here: http://qa.mandriva.com/twiki/bin/view/Main/MandrivaLinux2005PpcRele… 2005-05-02 11:23 am Anonymous @The flying boolaboola (IP: 212.8.184.— “Can I install it on a PPC though? ” http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=10440 “are there any decent drivers for my FireWire port?” Dont know on that one try it and tell me 😉 “Does it support Gigabit Ethernet?” I dont think its a problem … can you extend on that ? @Timerever (IP: —.bragatel.pt) ” More of the same…” No , its Mandriva , there not like the others the reviewer did a bad job. “…therefor, move along, nothing to see. ” Its a 3 page review and you see nothing of interest ? “(These distros are really boring, they are all alike X-D)” I guess you havent tried it … Opinion an personnal comment : The lack of quality and content in this review is really disrespectufl to the Mandriva dev , the Mandriva community and the GNU/Linux community. They put a lot of content that is discarded by “no interest in it” because the reviewer is not interested to act like a real user who as only This product and whant to see what he got. The review sound more like a personnal Test and opinion then an actual review. Its also full of shameless plug and innacuracy this for almost all the other distribution. One term I dislike a lot wich is used is “borrowed” , its GNU/Linux and Open Source the code is meant to be re-used by others , and its not ” borrowed” as they whont give it back later but will share the improvments. The “Whats new” paragraph is resumed by : New name , new release schedule , no actual other content, wich is innacurate. One gets ( if you dont you have a problem he go on and on and on about it ) that he dont like the default Starry theme and look , but he dont say if others are included … Compare mozilla suite with firefox … call them both browser … dont even see if its included and if other browser are availaible. Categorize the entire product under what he think it is , and dont try to see if other possibility are availaible … Personnaly after reading this review , I dont get to see whats inside the box , I just get what the reviewer wanted to show. May I ask the reviewer to do an actual review and see whats inside and tell us act like your a new user and tell us whats inside , I am sure you missed a Megatons of good materials. 2005-05-02 11:30 am Anonymous To be fair, it was entitled: First Look at a Distro Changed: Mandriva LE 2005 So I don’t really think it was supposed to be an in-depth review, just a quick first look where the author gives us some of his initial impressions and I think he did a nice enough job at that. 2005-05-02 12:04 pm Anonymous Could they possibly pick a more amateurish and ugly backgound for the desktop? It looks like the Linux ‘R’ Us desktop. 2005-05-02 12:56 pm Anonymous “Could they possibly pick a more amateurish and ugly backgound for the desktop? It looks like the Linux ‘R’ Us desktop.” I think it’s a fun background. 2005-05-02 12:57 pm Anonymous Willing to give it a go since win2k will be downgrading its support soon. 2005-05-02 1:36 pm Anonymous I was using Mandrake since 7.x, and I found it to be the most consistent KDE – centered Distro. Although I might give Kubuntu a ride when it is finished. What I like: Great hardware support, good configuration tools, not trying to stick KDE into something GNOME-ish (as RedHat does). I am a somewhat conservative User, updating every year, sometimes skipping an upgrade, because I do not want to spend more than an afternoon for complete reinstallation a year. I always make a test install on a spare partition before upgrading my main system, if it provides benefits over the older install, it is on, if not, then not. So far I only skipped 10.1 due to glitches with grafic card drivers. Mandrake usually delivers low- to no- fuss distros, the next release better than the previous one. I can give the following advice to every RedHat-, SUSE-, Novell-, Kubuntu- or Fedora- user: Take a look at Mandrake 10.2, it’s worth a try, especially if you have some quirks to address with your current distro. 2005-05-02 1:53 pm Anonymous Seems the site needs a implementation of java pop-up. Screen shots didn’t work at all under Safari 1.3, and they have resize issues with Camino and Firefox. But I’m only part of a REALLY small user base, so I guess it doesn’t mean a damn thing that it’s slop coding. 2005-05-02 1:55 pm Anonymous Will do. Been using Mandrake a while now but not for everyday stuff.Was using 2k for that.Mandrake was a file server to store mp3s etc etc. Hope the offer still stands. Thanks. 2005-05-02 2:28 pm Anonymous You trolls are really boring. You’re all alike in that you have no clue. I’m using Kubuntu these days, but I’ve been a Mandrake fan for years. I definately have to take a look at this release. 2005-05-02 3:11 pm Anonymous Does anyone know if this release supports integrated video and audio from i915 chipset? 2005-05-02 3:12 pm Anonymous Does anyone else think the box looks, um, Japanese? 2005-05-02 3:31 pm Anonymous Where can I find ISOs for 10.2? 2005-05-02 4:23 pm Anonymous On the Club. Public release will be within a couple of weeks. 2005-05-02 4:24 pm Anonymous 2005 is not a merging of two distros, it doesn’t contain anything from the Conectiva distro. It’s just pure MDK at this stage. 2006 is where we’ll start mixing features. So 2005 ought to be as reliable as previous MDK releases. 2005-05-02 4:26 pm Anonymous …with those stars in the eyes, looks like he was in a rave having some good shtuff or something… Bery unprofessional altogether. Which business would seriously put that desktop all over? 2005-05-02 4:40 pm Anonymous I’m haven’t used Conectiva before, what features will be merged? Anything interesting? 2005-05-02 5:11 pm Anonymous At the moment all I’ve heard is we’re looking at smart (the new package manager developed by Conectiva) and some kernel patches of theirs. More as it happens! yikes: it’s not _meant_ to be professional, this distro is not aimed at ‘business’. We have a Corporate product, first of all, and corporate purchasers of the standard distro are going to be mostly marketed 10.1 rather than 2005 – 2005 is aimed at our enthusiast / hobbyist users. 2005-05-02 5:49 pm Anonymous “I think it’s a fun background.” Yeah, me too!!! Lars, 7 years 2005-05-02 6:49 pm Anonymous will there be a tool so that i can merge a delta rpm with a older rpm and get the full rpm for backup and later use on/after install? or maybe i can save the deltas and apply them at install when looking for updates… 2005-05-02 7:55 pm Anonymous who modded me down ? I offered to help Magus if he got stuck moving to Linux and some muppet modded me ? what is the story here ? do the admins of this site think every Linux user tells people to rtfm when they need help ? sort it out 2005-05-02 8:57 pm Anonymous Modded you down? Dont understand. 2005-05-02 9:00 pm Anonymous Oh.Your offer been removed.Just checked over the posts and didn’t see it.Mighty sloppy.Wasn’t trolling was it? 2005-05-03 5:02 am Anonymous Unfortunately drivers for ATI Radeon Mobility (laptop computer) are broken in this release. I’ve been using Mandrake for years, and Mandrake 10 detected this graphic card properly, but 10.1 and 10.2 are totally hopeless. I simply don’t have time to try to fix the problem, and I switched to Kubuntu which is excellent distro. 2005-05-03 9:00 am Anonymous no, my offer was not removed by me. it was removed by one of the moderators of the forum. I am willing to help anyone move to linux, so take a note of my email address before the site moderators remove this post too. 2005-05-03 12:36 pm Anonymous I will take you up on the offer because I am getting some broadband wireless and in case the pci card the isp gives me dont auto-detect I will need some help there.I snagged the email address.Thanks. 2005-05-03 4:38 pm Anonymous It looks Mandriva LE2005 is Mandrake 10.2 to me. Am I right? 2005-05-03 4:41 pm Anonymous Suse has that title now. 2005-05-03 6:05 pm Anonymous Looks that way.Until the full release comes out we wont be seeing the “iva” in the Mandriva.Thats the connectiva inserts.