Mandriva Spring 2010

I was a Mandrake user for several years, before Ubuntu and Fedora were even part of the Linux lexicon. At the time, Mandrake was one of the easiest distributions in the Linux community. Mandrake was derived from Redhat with a focus on ease of use and usability.

Shortly after, Mandrake became Mandriva. I lost track of the distro because other better distros came along. Fedora and Ubuntu particularly took the Linux community by storm. Most people jumped ship and moved on to other distros. I did the same and chose Ubuntu.

Mandriva is still around. 3 million users strong according to their website. Mandriva has a new distro called Mandriva Spring 2010. It’s available for free to download. It comes in two flavors, Gnome and KDE. I’m not used to seeing Mandriva with Gnome since it was a KDE distro.

If you have some spare time, you can give Mandriva Spring 2010 a try. I’m interested in two other products by Mandriva, the InstantOn and Flash. InstantOn boots in less than 10 seconds while Flash is a mobile desktop in a USB key. Unfortunately, they are not free.

Anyways, give Mandriva Spring 2010 a try. Download.

3 thoughts on “Mandriva Spring 2010

  1. I was trying Mandriva some times, but I cant manage their thinking in develop this system. Fedora Team have strict thinking – gave some new software and very strong support hardware. Ubuntu – take as much as we can from Mac OS X and implement it in our distro which should be very user friendly.
    If Mandirva developers didnt stop bad thinking it will fall very fast.

  2. Last week I switched from Ubuntu to Mandriva. The main reason was KDE desktop, I knew it looked awesome from screenshots I’ve seen, but didn’t know how much ahead of GNOME it is until I started using and discovering KDE more. Mandriva also seems to have better support for hardware (at least my laptop). Everything worked right out of the box, while in Ubuntu I had to fiddle with driver packages to get it all working properly. And I absolutely love the Mandriva Control Center, nothing like this is in Ubuntu. Anyways, all I can say is: I can recommend Mandriva a lot and recommend everyone to give it a try, especially if you haven’t used KDE desktop before. You might be very pleasantly surprised, just as I was.

    1. The same argument can be said for Linux Mint. It works right out of the box without adding driver packages. It has something to do about proprietary drivers. Ubuntu doesn’t want to be placed in that position, but it’s up to users to add the restricted drivers. I’ve used Mandriva in the past, but I haven’t lately. It’s definitely worth checking. I have partitioned my drive to accommodate many distros. So, I’ll give a try. It has been a while.

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