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Mandriva, ohhh Mandriva how do we love you. Let us count the ways. It's all been said before hasn't it? Love them or hate them, they have a goal and are doing their best to achieve it.
I have used and written about Mandriva (formerly Mandrake) for sometime. Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 was a tremendous release, and yet I downloaded the latest version of Mandriva and was quite disappointed.
This is the followup to part one of the Mandriva 2006 Review. Next to a discussion of the features of Mandriva Linux 2006, the used software and hardware, the installation of the system and the first impressions (including some benchmark numbers), part one includes a background article on Linux software installation. That section was generally well received, but unfortunately some people didn't get the point.
Some five weeks after the formal release of Mandriva Linux 2006 to members of the Mandriva Club, the CD and DVD images of the "Free" edition (i.e. containing GPL software only) are now also available for free download.
It's not often that you see a desktop operating system aimed at power users. [Mandriva 2006] allows the experienced user to easily make the OS into exactly what he wants without all the extra "new user" stuff.
With the newest release, and all the hype of the merger with Conectiva and Lycoris, I felt it was time to take another look at Mandriva. Mandriva has delivered a fabulous, bleeding edge product in it's latest release. Unfortunately as has been the case with most Mandriva .0 releases the product is unstable and needing attention.
The Paris, France-based company's Mandriva 2006 can be seen as trying to offer all things to all men as it includes both desktop and server technologies, such as support for Intel Corp's Centrino, Skype, and desktop search, as well as high availability server and software management functionality.
As you know Mandriva 2006.0 was released to club members on October 6, and then it was released to the general public yesterday, October 13. It is available at the time of this writing only as an ftp install. As we followed Mandriva through the 2006.0 development cycle we found many new features and vast improvements in other areas. Today we summarize the operating system that Mandriva 2006 has become.
In accordance with its commitment to empowering users worldwide with the most innovative Linux operating system, Mandriva today released Mandriva 2006. The new version of the company's flagship product merges pioneer technologies from Conectiva and Lycoris, as well as spanning for the first time a one-year release cycle.
UPDATE: Gael Duval, the founder of Mandriva, just announced that Mandriva 2006 can be installed via ftp.
Right on the heels of the SuSE Linux 10.0 announcement comes Mandriva Linux 2006. Of course it's only available for club members at this time.
The deal inked with Mandriva will see the open source operating system deployed beyond servers and into desktops and notebooks
Mandriva, the number one European Linux publisher, today announces the availability of a Dell Laptop pre-loaded With Mandriva Linux.