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Countdown to Mandriva 2011, Codename Announced

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ostatic.com: In counting down the release to Mandriva 2011 Viacheslav "multik" Kaloshin, from ROSA Labs, has been blogging about a new significant changes in the works. So far they've been a bit ho-hum, but today he announced the 2011 official codename.

Mandriva 2011 Review

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cristalinux.blogspot: I decided to download Mandriva 2011 RC2, the last of the release candidates, which with the exception of a few bug fixes, should not differ much from the latest official release. I must admit Mandriva 2011 pleasantly surprised me, showcasing a lot of refreshing ideas and quite an impressive amount of customization that is not usually found in KDE releases.

Mandriva 2011 daily builds

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  • Mandriva 2011 daily builds
  • Mandriva Directory Server 2.4.1 now available

Mandriva 2011 Almost Ready, RC2 Released

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  • Mandriva 2011 Almost Ready, RC2 Released
  • Mandriva Desktop 2011 pre-release screenshots

Mandriva's Dodonov Leaves Goodbye Gifts

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ostatic.com: As we all know, Eugeni Dodonov is leaving Mandriva. During his time as Mandriva he wore several hats and one of which was in the trenches coding some of Mandriva's handiest tools. He has updated and placed them in a github directory for any distribution to use.

Mandriva 2010.x Reaches End of Desktop Support

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ostatic.com: Today the Mandriva Security Team sent out a message to users that versions 2010.1 and 2010.2 have reached the end of their desktop support.

Mandriva: New President of Executive Board

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mandriva.com: Dominique Loucougain will replace Arnaud Laprévote in the position of President of Executive Board (Directoire) for Mandriva France.

Eugeni Dodonov Sails Away, Quits Mandriva

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ostatic.com: Some say there isn't really a community, but it only takes a departure to prove them wrong. Today we say bye to Eugeni Dodonov, who is leaving Mandriva to pursue new adventures.

Mandriva 2011 RC 1 Available - Quick Look

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ostatic.com: Almost as if Eugeni Dodonov read my post last night, he answered earlier this evening that the ISOs are now on the mirrors. I had been looking forward to seeing the newer Mandriva, but in the end I'm afraid I was slightly disappointed.

Mandriva 2011 RC 1 Released, Almost

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ostatic.com: Eugeni Dodonov announced the release of Mandriva 2011 RC1 earlier, but I'm still waiting for it to hit mirrors. He did actually said it was "coming," so his announcement could be considered a big ole tease.

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