Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Archive

Review: Mandrake Linux 9.0

Mandrake Linux 9.0 from MandrakeSoft has established a reputation for being one of the easiest to install and user-friendly Linux distribution (often called a distro) on the market. That reputation is well deserved, and the latest release continues to improve on what has been previously offered. Like SuSE 8.1, Mandrake 9.0 has excellent documentation, designed with the beginner in mind. allowing the inexperienced or potential Linux user to easily install a system. Read the article at ExtremeTech.

Development Release: Lycoris Build 53 (Beta)

DistroWatch reports that Lycoris has released a new beta version of Lycoris Desktop/LX - build 53. Besides usual bug fixes, the inclusion of ALSA sound packages seems to be the only major addition. Report bugs in the Build 53 Bugs forum. Also, a couple of new products have been recently announced by Lycoris - these links will take you on a tour of the ProductivityPak and the Desktop/LX InterConnect.

Development Release: Lycoris Build 52 (Beta)

From DistroWatch: "A new beta version of Lycoris Desktop/LX has been spotted on several mirrors. Build 52 is a development release; among the major packages only Mozilla has been updated to version 1.1. Download: cd1_en_binary.iso (517MB), cd2_en_source.iso (415MB), cd3_en_devtools.iso (193MB). As usual, a Build 52 bug reports forum has been opened." We featured a review of Lycoris recently.

(Yet Another) Mandrake 9.0 First Impressions

"My initial reaction to the Mandrake desktop was no different than before. The Mandrake desktop is fairly basic, maybe even ugly. First I installed the Windows fonts, then upgraded Freetype to enable the bytecode interpreter and things started looking a lot better. Then, I headed to and downloaded some KDE and Gnome themes that Texstar has provided for Mandrake 9.0. KDE started looking as beautiful as my 8.2 install. To get a clean and consistent desktop, I use the Bluecurve theme that Texstar has provided from Redhat." Read it at RatedPC.

Mandrake 9.0 Dolphin Released

From Mandrake 9.0 is out and it's been certified LSB 1.2-compliant today (ProSuite Edition). It's called + Dolphin. It's a major evolution in the Linux-desktop field, and will also empower your servers like never before. Read the press-release, discover all the great and unique features, pre-order it at Download is available through the usual mirrors, and Club Members benefit from an extended range of download places.

Mandrake 9.0 First Release Candidate Available

From our friends at DistroWatch: Your last chance to test things out and report bugs -- if you miss it, you have no right to complain that some things don't work in Mandrake 9.0! Links to the three ISO images: CD 1 (695MB), CD 2 (700MB), CD 3 (549MB) or try a more convenient mirror. Report bugs on the cooker mailing list. Also don't forget this excellent offer to all beta testers: Mandrake 9.0 DVD (as soon as it's available) + Mandrake cap for US$55! Great value compared to regular pricing -- click here if you'd like to take advantage of the offer coupled with free shipping within EU, USA and Canada and 50% off shipping cost for the rest of the world. Things just don't get much better that this, do they? Mandrake Linux 9.0 final should be out in about two-week's time.

Ideas for Improving the MandrakeClub

"I like MandrakeSoft very much, but I have some concerns. Here is some constructive criticism. I do not oppose your core business model - in fact I like it a lot. My proposals here should be compatible with it. MandrakeClub has become a bit of a 'secret society'. Non-members have no idea of what's going on inside, so they see no point in joining. I think you should merge and" PCLinuxOnline's Yama writes an editorial for MandrakeForum.

Mandrake Sports New Icons in Upcoming 9.0 Release

From PCLinuxOnline: "Red Hat isnt the only one getting into dressing up their main menus. Mandrake's upcoming release will also be sporting new icons for their main menu. I posted some screenshots of the default KDE and Gnome look as it stands now. You can take a peek at them here. The mandrake screenshots are named mandrakexx.jpg." Our Take: Nice touches, but Mandrake's changes are not nearly as extensive as Red Hat's. Their menus are still cluttered and this very grey color they use everywhere by default makes everything feeling a bit "moody".