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.
Here’s a nice article to get you started if you are interested in learning how to build a RPM package. If you are running a RPM-based distribution such as Redhat, Fedora, Mandriva, Caldera, Turbo Linux, and many others, this article is for you. The instructions will walk you through a step-by-step process on how to build a RPM package. Read more.
I was a heavy Mandrake user before I switched over to Fedora and eventually Ubuntu. Mandrake is long gone, now it’s called Mandriva. I am tempted to check out Mandriva One 2009 Spring because it looks very inviting. Maybe it’s time to fire up Virtualbox 3.0 and install Mandriva One. This brings back lots of memories.
Here’s an interesting article comparing 8 Linux distributions. The distros reviewed were Fedora, Mandriva, OpenSuse, Knoppix, Ubuntu, PuppyLinux, Backtrack and ArchLinux. Surprisingly, Fedora got the highest grade of 28/30, while Knoppix posted the lowest grade of 23/30. The specialty distros: PuppyLinux, Backtrack and ArchLinux were not given grades.
It certainly is a good idea to try other distributions. It gives you an idea of their look and feel, and how they work and behave. You will also get to know their quirks. I personally like Ubuntu. Mandriva used to be my favorite. I have Fedora now on my laptop. I haven’t tried OpenSuse in years. The last 3 specialty distros, I’m not too excited about.
So, here’s my advice. Go with a distro that floats your boat. One thing I’m glad of is that, there are many, many choices for Linux users. And that’s a good thing.