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Mandriva One video tour

By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller on October 17, 2008 (7:00:00 PM)

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We loaded and ran the 2009 (10th Anniversary) edition of Mandriva Linux One, which we reviewed earlier this week. It's pretty, it's smooth, and it had a few problems with the GUI software install/remove utility that would leave a new user scratching his head, but overall, it's a nice update to a distro that started out with the idea that ordinary, non-technical computer users should be able to install and run GNU/Linux without expert help -- and that still adheres to this principle.

This is a two-part video. Video One covers installation and first boot. Video Two deals with software installation and removal, and gives you a brief idea of what software is included in Mandriva One by default. Both videos, together, will show you Mandriva Linux One's "look and feel" before you decide to download it and try it for yourself.

Video One:

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Video Two:

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.242.199.178] on October 18, 2008 10:33 AM
I saw the video tour, although I think it would be better if it was renamed "urpmi problems in mandriva"... And I think it would be a more constructive review telling the users how to get rid from some of the urpmi problems you showed in these videos...

Personally, it's better to start Mandriva at first time without an internet connection, so it won't add automatically the repositories; then, after login Mandriva, connect to the internet and search google for "easyurpmi". In that site, select the option "switch to manual mirror selection", so that you can choose the mirror from your preference... Also add the PLF medias, as they include additional software which Mandriva doesn't allow in their "Official" repositories...

Another thing you didn't show were the package options in rpmdrake. "Packages with GUI" have just a small amount of packages which Mandriva contains in it's repositories!

This review is somehow unfair and don't show any real new features Mandriva 2009 has!
Just test Ubuntu and show here all the problems it gives (Thanks to Gnome) and also the many times you need to use command-line in Ubuntu to get rid of problems, which Ubuntu "fanboys" don't like to show!

p.s: It's true I'd like to see a better package management in Mandriva (such as APT) but I'm also happy with urpmi...

Sorry for my english...

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Mandriva One video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 86.6.12.49] on October 18, 2008 01:43 PM
Somebody should edit these videos to overlay "EPIC FAIL" at the relevant moments. Then fade to an Ubuntu logo at the end.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.71.50.156] on October 18, 2008 03:36 PM
A very good review, thanks a lot.

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Re: Mandriva One video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.242.200.84] on October 18, 2008 10:16 PM
Ubuntu is Linux turned into Vista... Mandriva also have his defects, but I think it's easier to use than S***buntu... (for example, Ubuntu's Gnome or Ubuntu's KDE4 are much more feature limited than in Mandriva...)

p.s: I'm not a KDE fanboy, I'm an Enlightenment user.

Cheers

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 84.57.9.129] on October 18, 2008 06:00 PM
This is a joke, right? How is this in any way an overview?

I must admit, however, I ran into the same problems he did.

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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.4.73.112] on October 19, 2008 01:00 AM
in my experience, the reason the urpmi database is locked during an install of software is probably the auto update has lock on the database in the background checking for updates and usually release the lock when it is finished....and also you may have problems occasionally with connectivity to repositories timing out for a number of reasons associated with the site, Internet traffic etc.....you can manually delete the LOCK file ..........
I have used Mandrake/Mandriva since 8.0 and have never been disappointed with any of their releases......


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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 99.236.71.120] on October 19, 2008 01:47 AM
Nice video Rob! i really like it and the commentary and yes the music was ecsquisite as well. =)
Mandriva is neat when it comes to a nice looking desktop but i switched from them about a year and a bit ago because Ubuntu seems to be a tad more flexible and faster (i find). by flexible i mean it tends to be more open to the idea of mix and matching, especially cross-window manager. anyway this is not meant to be a war of the distros posting. mandriva does indeed often come out with slight tiny glitches like these, why i dont know but overall if you dont have any resources restrictions its a good distro =)

thanks again for the videos Rob

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Mandriva One video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 192.193.221.204] on October 20, 2008 12:34 PM
Eww, thanks for the video, I'll get back to Mandriva when tha 20th anniversary arrives!

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Mandriva One video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 89.21.118.122] on October 20, 2008 02:01 PM
check out the clock on the second video. When uninstalling xchat for the first time it's 10:12, and when it checks if it's still there it's 10:10. What else is fake?

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Mandriva One video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 195.216.40.164] on October 21, 2008 01:10 PM
With this being a Linux site and me using Firefox and Gnash, I'm puzzled that the videos does not work. Do I really need Flash in order to watch?

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Re: Mandriva One video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.195.201.74] on October 21, 2008 06:20 PM
I think the site uses the Ogg Theora codec. Not sure if Flash is also required.

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Mandriva One video tour

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 65.29.190.171] on October 22, 2008 02:24 AM
Thanks a lot Mr. Limo - here's to you and all you do to promote Linux!

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