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Canonical's Ubuntu Linux has a huge following among open source fans and it benefits from significant hype because of it. But Mandriva and Fedora Linux are quietly delivering the new features that Linux users are looking for.
Mandriva Linux, originally known as Mandrake, this week released a beta version of its upcoming 2010 release and it includes a couple of features that desktop users will enjoy.
First among these is the use of Plymouth, a Red Hat-created boot-up utility that adds a significant amount of polish to the startup process.
Historically Linux systems have suffered from text-only or very crude start up screens. Plymouth is Red Hat's answer to giving users a more appealing startup.
Not to be outdone Fedora Linux also released a new testing release this week. The Fedora 11 alpha release naturally includes Plymouth for better booting but also includes features for better virtualisation and mobile connections.