Mandriva Flash 2008 4GB Released

Mandriva has announced today the immediate availability of a new version of Mandriva Flash 4GB. This new edition is based on the popular Mandriva Linux 2008 KDE distribution, which was released on October 2007. Mandriva Flash 2008 brings a new technology called ezBoot, which reboots under Linux without going through the usual BIOS routine.

Features of the 4GB Mandriva Flash:

  • Mobile: take it everywhere and make any desktop your own!
  • Handy: everything for your office work, Internet and multimedia… on a stick!
  • Keep your personal data in your pocket!
  • Fun: spectacular 3D-accelerated desktop, only with Linux!
  • Safe: it doesn’t make any changes on the host computer.
  • Reliable: unmatched stability and hardware recognition.
  • Fast: high data transfer rates with USB 2.0.
  • Storage: up to 3GB available for user files.

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Major Linux Distros Shootout..

*Major Linux Distros Shootout..*
Mandriva 08 v/s Ubuntu Gusty Gibbon v/s open SUSE 10.3 v/s Sabayon 3.4


Today with increasing awareness of Linux Operating System and Open Source Software developers around the world are now taking the challenge to the next level. Linux is the operating system which evolve with a great speed. Linux is a Unix based operating system which is known for optimum stability and security even in low end systems.A Linux operating system has a life span of minimum of 6 months though the Operating system is supported through updates and security patches for a fixed period of time. Linux is the only operating system which has shown great development in terms of UI and over all User Experience. While this is not in case of Windows and Mac OSX. Though they has also shown tremendous development but the base remains same. Well today we got lots of option of Operating System in Open Source World. So now I’ll review 4 of the latest and most promising distross namely Ubuntu 7.10[Gusty Gibbon], open SUSE 10.3, Mandriva One 2008 and Sabayon 3.4 Mini Edition . Before we take a view on those let me clarify on what factors a Linux distross is Distinguished.

  • Desktop Environment : Desktop Environment is the GUI software which provide better experience for end user.In Linux we get many types of Desktop Environment which are made to suite the System Specification . Like for low end system there is diff. DE and for high end there are other options . There are mainly 4 Desktop Environment namely KDE, Gnome, XFCE, FluxBox .. KDE and Gnome are quite advanced Desktop Environments meant for system with more than 128 Mb of Ram .. While XFCE and Flux box are low end Desktop Environments are for low end systems.
  • Package Based : As you must be aware that there are packages in which software comes. There are lots of package manager in Linux .. Like one can notice packages like .rar and .exe and more in Windows same the case with Linux. Manly there are 3 packages in which Distros are based i.e. .deb[ Debian], .rpm [Red hat Package Manager], .tar.gz [ A .rar replacement in Linux].. Most of the distross today comes with .deb and .rpm based pakage manager.
  • Distribution Based : Today developers instead of creating whole distros environment create distros based on a Stable and Secure distros. Like in Linux world there are 3 Most stable and old distros.. Debian , Gentoo , Red Hat aka Fedora. Most of the distros out there are based on the platform of these like Ubuntu based on Debain, Sabayon based on Gentoo, Mandriva based on Mandrake. Well some of these distross perform even better on what they are based on !

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Mandriva 2008 Released!

Mandriva 2008 has arrived today and it brings new software, innovations, improvements and a little bit of magic to the Linux world: “The result of six months of heavy development and testing, 2008 includes all the latest software and many enhancements over previous Mandriva Linux releases. You will find KDE 3.5.7 and the new GNOME 2.20 already integrated, a solid kernel 2.6.22.9 with fair scheduling support, OpenOffice.org 2.2.1, cutting-edge 3D-accelerated desktop courtesy of Compiz Fusion 0.5.2, Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.6, and everything else you’ve come to expect from the latest Mandriva Linux release.”

Through the major software components that can be found in this new release are:

  • Kernel 2.6.22.9
  • GNOME 2.20
  • KDE 3.5.7
  • KDE 4 preview
  • Compiz Fusion 0.5.2
  • OpenOffice.org 2.2.1
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.0
  • Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0
  • GCC 4.2


The Mandriva installer received some numerous fixes and improvements, such as:

  • Revised hardware detection system
  • Support for modular IDE drivers and new libata stack
  • Package selection
  • UUID support
  • Faster operations on partitions
  • Package management
  • Chroot environments
  • Suggested packages
  • New menu layout

The following hardware components are now better supported in Mandriva 2008:

  • NVIDIA Geforce 8400, 8500 and 8600 series graphics cards
  • Intel 4965AGN wireless chipsets
  • Intel Santa Rosa drive controllers
  • ATI SB700 chipset motherboards
  • Many newer onboard sound devices using the High Definition Audio codec, particularly on motherboards using Intel chipsets
  • Wacom Graphire and Intuos tablet input devices
  • Realtek 8187 USB and ZyDAS ZD1211/ZD1211B USB wireless controllers

Moreover, the following drivers and firmware are also available in this release:

  • Broadcom wireless adapters
  • Alternative open source drivers for ATI graphics cards
  • RandR 1.2 support in X.org
  • Default NTFS write support
  • Support for the Belgian eID card
  • Changes to TV card support
  • Kernel source and headers
  • CFQ scheduler
  • AppArmor
  • Modular IDE drivers
  • New devicescape wireless stack

Other improvements that can be found in Mandriva 2008 are:

  • Liberation fonts included
  • Main pages now compressed with LZMA
  • X Font Server no longer used
  • New development package naming policy
  • Compiz Fusion replaces Beryl
  • Services no longer restarted when updating glibc

Mandriva 2008 is available in the following editions:

  • One is a single CD edition which includes the latest proprietary drivers, available for download free of charge. It can be run as a live CD as well as installed to the hard disk.
  • Powerpack is a DVD edition which includes support, services and important third-party proprietary software like LinDVD, Cedega, the Fluendo multimedia codecs, Flash Player, Scilab and 03 Spaces.
  • Free is a 3-CD / 1-DVD edition made up entirely of free / open source software, without any of the non-free software bundled with other editions. It is available for download free of charge.

Download : Download | Mandriva

Mandriva Linux 2008 RC2 released

Mandriva Linux 2008 RC2 ‘Kepler’ was released today. New features since the release of RC1 include the final release of GNOME 2.20, the inclusion of the new 8.41.7 version of ATI’s proprietary driver in the non-free repository to support Radeon HD cards, significant kernel updates that improve support for certain ATA controllers and many audio chipsets, some new features in the urpmi and rpmdrake package management tools, and over 500 bug fixes since RC2.

The Mandriva development team urges you to:

  • Check that all your hardware is supported.
  • Report any missing or unwanted software.

Highlights of Mandriva Linux 2008 include:

  • GNOME 2.20
  • Ekiga 3.0 with a plugin framework for audio and video codecs, a revised interface and SIP presence support
  • Evolution 2.12, with better spam filtering and Microsoft Exchange support
  • KDE 3.5.7
  • KDE 4 preview
  • XFCE 4.4.1
  • Kernel 2.6.22 that features the ‘tickless’ technology which will save battery power on laptops
  • Compiz Fusion
  • X.org 7.3 with the new XrandR 1.2 framework which vastly improves support for multiple displays, also displaying hotplugging on supported drivers
  • OpenOffice.org 2.2 comes with improved text rendering, improved PDF exporting and enhanced compatibility with Excel spreadsheets
  • GCC 4.2
  • Complete XDG menu migration
  • Windows documents and settings migration tool
  • WPA-EAP support
  • Hybrid suspend mode
  • RandR 1.2 applet for KDE
  • AppArmor
  • Modular IDE drivers
  • Changes to the NVIDIA and ATI proprietary driver packages

Download : i386 ISO | X64 ISO

Mandriva 2008 RC1 Released

Copernic is the codename given to the first release candidate of the upcoming Mandriva Linux 2008, announced yesterday by the Mandriva team: “The first release candidate of Mandriva Linux 2008, codenamed Copernic, is now available. This release candidate is available as a three CD or one DVD Free edition (containing no non-free software or drivers) for the x86-32 and x86-64 architectures, with a traditional installer, and as a mini-CD edition for both x86-32 and x86-64 architectures.”

What’s new in Mandriva Linux 2008 RC1:

Draknetcenter

It is a network configuration and monitoring tool for Mandriva systems and it’s now included in this first release candidate. At this point it can be started only from the command-line or the run dialog, as it is still in development and is not the final design.

New menu structure

A new menu structure, based on Frederik Himpe’s ideas, has been implemented in this version and it tries to reduce the amount of nesting in the
menus. From now on, all the applications are split into category groups and each category group displays applications that belong to the current desktop environment in the top level and applications that belong to other desktop environments in a sub level. Moreover, commonly used applications across desktop environments will always appear in the top level.

Kernel changes

The kernel packages have been renamed because of the inclusion of the kernel-tmb spec file. Therefore, the old kernel is now known as kernel-desktop, the old kernel-enterprise is now known as kernel-server and the old kernel-legacy is now known as kernel-desktop586. Moreover, a kernel-laptop package has been implemented in this release candidate, which contains some nice customizations for laptops in terms of reducing power usage.

The Mandriva development team urges you to:

  • Report any problems with ATI Radeon X1xx series graphics adapters, as the new avivo driver has been made default in this release.
  • Check that all your hardware is supported.
  • Report any missing or unwanted software.

Highlights of Mandriva Linux 2008 include:

  • GNOME 2.20
  • Ekiga 3.0 with a plugin framework for audio and video codecs, a revised interface and SIP presence support
  • Evolution 2.12, with better spam filtering and Microsoft Exchange support
  • KDE 3.5.7
  • KDE 4 preview
  • XFCE 4.4.1
  • Kernel 2.6.22 that features the ‘tickless’ technology which will save battery power on laptops
  • Compiz Fusion
  • X.org 7.3 with the new XrandR 1.2 framework which vastly improves support for multiple displays, also displaying hotplugging on supported drivers
  • OpenOffice.org 2.2 comes with improved text rendering, improved PDF exporting and enhanced compatibility with Excel spreadsheets
  • GCC 4.2
  • Complete XDG menu migration
  • Windows documents and settings migration tool
  • WPA-EAP support
  • Hybrid suspend mode
  • RandR 1.2 applet for KDE
  • AppArmor
  • Modular IDE drivers

Mandriva Linux 2008 release schedule:

  • Beta 1 – 6th August 2007
  • Beta 2 – 25th August 2007
  • RC 1 – 5th September 2007
  • RC 2 – From September 18th to September 25th 2007
  • Official Release – Thursday September 27th 2007

Download :2008 RC1 (ISO) i586 | 2008 RC1 (ISO) x86_64

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