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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
After making a lot of progress with Mandriva Linux 2007, I thought perhaps Mandriva had turned over a new leaf, and was using that release as a starting point for an overall better quality operating environment. I was totally wrong. Both the PowerPack Edition and Discovery/LX have slid so far back with version 2007.1 that I have serious doubts as to the future of Mandriva's viability as a commercial desktop operating system. Though some small but noticeable bugs were fixed and all of the usual packages have been upgraded in this new release, so much important functionality has been removed from it -- and new, more serious bugs introduced -- that Mandriva Linux 2007.1 has no hope of competing with other recently-released desktop operating systems.
What's new in version 2007.1
As usual, the desktop environments and application software were upgraded to their latest releases (or release candidates, in some cases). The only major enhancements in 2007.1 are the updated Drak tools, and the Metisse desktop.
GNOME 2.18, including updated applications for the usual GNOME components and programs.
KDE 3.5.6., including updated applications for the usual KDE components and programs.
Linux kernel 184.108.40.206.
A new spring-oriented theme for desktop wallpaper and startup splash screens.
A new K Menu button graphic for KDE, and a slightly redesigned lower panel.
Metisse 3D desktop now included by default, as well as Compiz and Beryl. The Drak3D configuration tool has also been enhanced.
Mandriva Update and rpmdrake have been modified to be more user-friendly.
The Mandriva Online update notification applet actually works now.
Putting it to the test
The first bad omen I noticed was in Mandriva's own release files -- the errata list is several times larger than the list of enhancements. I strongly disagree with the concept of errata lists -- there should be no errata in a properly tested operating environment. Everything should work.