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OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 "Mercury"

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OpenMandriva Lx, which I will call OpenMandriva from here on, is an independent Linux distro. The project's roots go back to Mandriva Linux, which was a distro produced by Mandriva S.A. The company went under in 2011 but, as is typical for Linux, new distros rose from the ashes, including Mageia and OpenMandriva.

Unlike Mandriva, OpenMandriva is very much a community project. The distro's aim is to provide a free alternative to Windows and macOS and the distro relies on donations to cover expenses. It also appears to be a struggling project. I started my trial on the 4th February, and for pretty much the whole day the OpenMandriva website was down. I sometimes got a "Site under construction" message, while at other times I got a "gateway time-out" error. The next day the home page was showing a "Congratulations, you installed Discourse" message, and after that the site was again either "under construction" or throwing errors. As OpenMandriva 4.1 was released on the 2nd February the timing of the website troubles was unfortunate.

Installation

While the website was down I was able to grab an OpenMandriva ISO image from SourceForge. There are two ISOs: plasma.x86_64 and plasma.znver1. The latter image is optimised for current AMD processors (Ryzen, ThreadRipper and EPYC).

I later learned that SourceForge is the only location from where you can download the latest OpenMandriva version. OpenMandriva's download page does list various mirrors but none of them includes an image for the latest release. There is also a link to torrents, but there is again no torrent for version 4.1.

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Nvidia drivers available for testing

    Colin (Colin Close) 8 March 2020 16:18 #1
    To those of you who have nVidia hardware there are revised drivers in the cooker non-free repository.

    A new naming scheme has been adopted for these drivers.
    There are two versions of the current drivers nvidia-390 and nvidia-440.

    The 390 series supports “Legacy” cards back as far as the GTX-480.
    The 440 series supports from the GeForce GT 640.

    For full lists of supported GPU’s see the included README docs.

    The installation of these drivers should be automatic to a greater or lesser extent. The modesetting driver is now enabled.

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