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Updated system to 2009.1 beta/Cooker

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artipc10.vub.ac.be: Yesterday, I updated my system at home from Mandriva 2009.0 (with lots of personal backports, such as GNOME 2.24.3) to Mandriva Cooker, which rougly corresponds to beta 1 now.

Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring beta is available

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blog.mandriva.com: The beta release of Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring (code name Margaux) is now available. This Beta version proposes step 1 of Speedboot. This should improve your boot time.

Mandriva Linux: What Windows should be

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blog.stablephp: For the last 15 or more years I have been waiting for Linux to be as user frienly as Windows. Now, I am finally satisfied.

Mandriva Announces Pulse 2 v1.2

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news.softpedia.com: Mandriva announced the immediate availability of version 1.2 of their Pulse 2, an Open Source tool for managing workstations, mobile computers and servers. Mandriva Pulse 2's purpose is to make managing of information systems much easier for those who choose to use it.

Also: Mandriva Linux Assembly

Ubuntu vs Mandriva : Clash of the titans

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techenclave.com: I have used both of them for quite a long time and I think I can do a better and unbiased comparison...

Goodbye Vincent, welcome back Oden!

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blog.mandriva.com: After nearly 9 years, Vincent Danen will be leaving Mandriva at the end of this month. This departure will not leave empty chair, oden Eriksson will be in charge of security team.

Mandriva One 2009... You made me say "WOW"

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blog.mihikatha.net: Today I installed Mandriva One 2009 as a virtual machine, to test it and to see how Mandriva Directory Server performs on her own man's lap. I was amazed, and couldn't hold the "wow" came from my inside...

Christophe fergeau replaces Pixel at Mandriva

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cfergeau.blogspot: The good news is that I started working at Mandriva 2 weeks ago. I'll be working on the core distro to (partially) replace pixel which means I'll hack on urpmi and bootloaders among tons of other things.

Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring - Alpha2 release available

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blog.mandriva.com: The second pre-release of Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring is now available. This alpha 2 version concentrates on updating to the major desktop components of the distribution.

Pixel’s departure from Mandriva

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blog.mandriva: Pixel will be leaving Mandriva on February. We would like to take the opportunity to thank him for his commitment and endeavour whilst at Mandriva and we wish him every success in his future activities.

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