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Mandriva Linux PowerPack 2008.0 review

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Mandriva Linux has a history of inconsistency; one release will be superb, and the next one will be so bug-ridden and feature-weak that it's unusable. The only commonality among all releases are the excellent system configuration tools, which have continued to evolve over the years to match an increasing level of complexity in the desktop software stack. True to form, Mandriva 2008.0 is an excellent release, following the terrible 2007.1, and the just as excellent 2007.0. Some of the important things that were dropped from the previous release (Cedega, LinDVD) are back, and some of the problems (huge K menu button, cluttered menus) have been mitigated.

What's new in version 2008.0

As usual, the desktop environments and application software were upgraded to their latest releases (or release candidates, in some cases) -- GNOME 2.20, KDE 3.5.7 (with an option to install a KDE4 preview), Xfce 4.4.1, and the Linux kernel 2.6.22. The only major enhancements in 2008.0 are:

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