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Adventures with Mandriva 2009.0 Beta 1

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beranger.org: Using Mandriva has always been a love-hate relationship for me. Mandriva's distros were attractive, but quite buggy. In old times, whatever you could get for free was already outdated: I still remember the frustration. In recent times, it was mostly about the random bugs.

Mandriva One 2008.1 (spring), I want to like it…

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izanbardprince.wordpress: I downloaded a Mandriva One 2008.1 disc to try out the other day, and tried it on three systems. What I found is that while Mandriva is definitely a good distribution from many points, it still has some pretty damning problems that rule it out for new users.

SVN version of OpenOffice.org 3 in Cooker

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linux-wizard.net: A SVN version of OpenOffice.org 3 have just been released in Cooker. OpenOffice.org 3 brings many new features.

How To Install Django On Mandriva 2008.1 (Apache2/mod_python)

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This tutorial explains how to install Django on a Mandriva 2008.1 server. Django is a web framework that allows to develop Python web applications quickly with as much automation as possible. I will use it with Apache2 and mod_python in this guide.

PackageKit support in upcoming Mandriva 2009.0

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linux-wizard.net: One of the new feature in Mandriva 2009.0 will be PackageKit support. As of today, PackageKit now have support for an urpmi backend ! This backend have been developped by Mandriva, and is already one of the backend supporting the most features.

Mandriva 2009 Beta 2 - KDE 4.1 thoughts and comments

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blog.linuxbox.co.nz: I recently downloaded the Mandriva 2009.0 beta 2 KDE 4.1 live cd. I kept of list of things I found as I had a look around it. I only focused on the desktop.

Reimagining The Desktop

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Here is an interesting discussion of the changes KDE 4 (via Mandriva Linux 2009 pre-releases) brings to desktop interaction. It's a very comprehensive and thoughtful discussion and explanation of the new features KDE 4 introduces and what they mean for how you interact with your desktop. If you're not sure how to go about using KDE 4 to its full potential, read it!

Some july-august Cooker news

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linux-wizard.net: After Mandriva 2009.0 Beta 1 release, here are some news on the Cooker front: Improving mdkapplet behaviour, Xmetisse and Xgl in contrib, and Refreshed installer UI landing in cooker.

Some news about mandriva KDE4 development :

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neoclust.free.fr/blog: Saturday was the day of the meeting of the KDE Team on mandriva Labs. We discussed about the current state of our KDE4 and we took some decisions.

Mandriva Spring 2008 The New “Definitive” Linux?

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blogs.techrepublic.com: I’ll just lay this out right from the beginning: Mandriva Spring 2008 Live CD is better than most other distributions fully installed. I am currently writing this blog on a laptop (that is generally flaky about Linux distributions) running the Live version of Mandriva Spring 2008. And even without installing the distribution I am very impressed. Let’s see just how this is faring.

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    Turning WiFi and Bluetooth off is often viewed as a good security practice. Apple did not rationalize these changes in behavior.
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OSS: Puppet Acquires Distelli, Mozilla Adds Tracking Protection, Fake List of Open Source Companies, and Open Source Summit

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