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Mandriva Linux 2011.0 Released

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Well, "It's Been A Long Time Coming". If you're not old enough to remember Crosby, Stills & Nash singing that song at Woodstock, perhaps you are at least old enough to remember that this Mandriva release has been "in the works" for a very long time.

Despite a lot of problems, real and rumored, and a significant delay rather late in the development cycle, they have now produced a whopping baby - the ISO download is 1.7GB! The Release Announcement is rather terse - it boils down to "the release is available, it might be a good idea to read the release notes or take the demo tour while installing".

The Release Notes don't actually have all that much more to say, but the do at least contain some encouraging words about compatibility and upgrading from previous Mandriva releases. The Release Notes also explain that starting with this release Mandriva is a KDE-only distribution - no more Gnome, Xfce or other desktop environments or window managers.

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