Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Mandriva you say? To be honest I haven’t used Mandriva since the days when they were known as Mandrake. They always had one of the more user friendly Linux operating systems around, but made some questionable decisions. They changed their release schedule to yearly and the software that came with Mandrake seemed out of date. Their Drake Conf tool was good for the new user to Linux, but was cumbersomb to use on a daily basis. They did also have that VERY synister looking duck as their mascot by version 10 or so. When I saw that duck with shining pupils, it was bye bye Mandrake.
Since that time I have become perfectly happy with Ubuntu and Fedora, but decided to give Mandriva another chance since their latest version sports some very nice software. Some of the more tantalizing offerings Mandriva 2007 has :
Gaim 2.0 b3
AIGLX and Xgl 3D-accelerated desktop