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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Mandriva, one of Linux's oldest distributions, saw its latest release come out in late August, dubbed "2011". With it came a couple of major changes and a renewed focus, much to the chagrin of some fans. The reason is that with 2011, Mandriva becomes more like Windows and OS X in that the developers are focusing on a single desktop experience - in this case, KDE.
This is where the renewed focus comes in. Rather than spread the development team thin by supporting multiple desktop environments, Mandriva is trying to offer a more streamlined, simple experience. When someone sits down to a Windows PC, they pretty-well know what to expect. With most Linux distros, that's not the case, as there are at least five common desktop environments that distro developers will choose from. With Mandriva 2011 though, the experience for most users should be about the same, and thus the developers can focus on making sure the experience it offers its users is the best out there.