Clearly not ones to bother about such trifling matters as the year we're actually in, the Mandriva team has delivered a shiny new release. Codenamed "Adelie", Mandriva 2010 brings a bunch of improvements as detailed in the announcement. The new "Smart Desktop" technology lets you assign tags and notes to documents, images and other files, while boot times have been reduced and the latest desktop environments (KDE 4.3 and Gnome 2.28) are included. Read on for a summary of the changes.
- Kernel 2.6.31
- X.org 7.4 with xorg-server 1.6.5
- KDE 4.3.2
- Gnome 2.28.1
- Firefox 3.5.3
- OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 (based on Go-OO branch)
- Minimal install is 25% smaller
- Installer has simplified disk parititioning
- Guest account included
- Tomoyo security framework replaces AppArmor
- RPMDrake shows screenshots of apps
- Kernel updates will remove very old kernels
Here's a thought: does it make sense for the Mandriva folks to release so quickly after Ubuntu? Much of the Linux community is still buzzing with the release of Karmic Koala, and perhaps Mandriva's message will get lost in all the noise. Or could the opposite be true - Ubuntu 9.10 has garnered a lot of attention for Linux from the mainstream computing press, so maybe Mandriva 2010 can share some of that limelight too? Let us know what you think.
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