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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
This April Mandriva presented its new distribution called Spring. Despite the fact that it is “only” 2007.1 it has changed a lot since 2007.0. Changes can be seen everywhere — starting from installation through chosen applications till the 3D desktops.
Major changes since 2007.0
What exactly has changed in Spring?
* There is a wallpaper during installation. At once you can feel atmosphere of Spring.
* A new flower theme has been added in the default install. It is surprisingly nice.
* All detected bugs from a previous version have been removed.
* New versions of standard packages were added: GNOME 2.18, KDE 3.5.6, OpenOffice.org 2.1, gcc 4.1, X.org 7.2 (with AIGLX).
* Using 3D desktops became easier — the wizard in Mandriva’s Control Center that configures them has been changed. Now it is enough to select a right option and click “next”.
* The rpmDrake’s appearance and the way it works have changed, and many bugs have been removed.
* The old application mdkupdate has been replaced with the new mandrivaonline which improves the installation of system’s updates. A new feature of updating is that it isn’t interrupted even if there occurs a problem with a specific package.
* Support for NTFS used in Windows Vista has been added.
Mandriva Spring besides a well-known Skype communicator, has a competitive communicator WengoPhone which also serves an access to VoIP but its prices are much lower.