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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

By Susan Linton on October 12, 2007 (7:00:00 PM)

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Mandriva 2008.0, released this week, is the best version of Mandriva since 7.2.

Mandriva Linux 2008.0 comes in three editions. Mandriva One is a free single-CD live version that contains a choice of KDE or GNOME. It allows users to test their hardware and see how it looks before making any permanent changes to their hard drives. It includes an easy graphical installer. You can add software repositories to the software manager and customize it to your liking. This is a good choice for anyone who needs a live CD or those who aren't sure if they'd like to install Mandriva yet.

Mandriva Free is a full-sized traditionally installed system. It's called Free because it contains only free and open source software, and it can be freely downloaded and used at no charge. It includes a mountain of software, and is a wonderful choice for those who wish to use just open source software or have no problem installing codecs, proprietary drivers, and plugins themselves.

Mandriva Power Pack, the version I tested, is a complete system, including proprietary graphic, wireless, and other drivers, multimedia codecs, Flash and other plugins, and some commercial software. This €39 download is probably the best choice for most users, especially Linux first-timers and those who might need support.

All three versions are gorgeous, with new and hip artwork. All are built using the latest stable software versions, such as kernel 2.6.22, KDE 3.5.7, GNOME 2.20, Xorg 7.2, and GCC 4.2.2.

Installation

Mandriva's graphical installer's appearance has remained largely unchanged (other than new graphics) for as long as I've been using Mandriva, but its underlying code has improved, especially in the area of hardware detection. The installer walks users through the steps needed to install and configure the system. Mandriva has always had the most user-friendly partitioner available. Package selection can be as simple or detailed as you like -- you can just choose your preferred desktop environment and let the installer do the rest, or choose package categories such as Multimedia, Games, or KDE from the Custom install, or even choose individual packages.

The install onto my HP Pavilion dv6105 laptop took about 20 minutes. Afterwards, I could configure such things as hardware, system settings, startup services, and the Internet connection. A popup appeared asking if I'd like to use proprietary graphic drivers, and I affirmed. At the summary screen I saw that my sound, mouse, and graphics were automatically configured. I set my timezone, and attempted to configure my wireless Ethernet connection, unsuccessfully. I was slightly disappointed but not overly concerned, and finished the install. GRUB found most of my other systems, added them to the configuration, and was installed onto the master boot record.

At first boot a lovely silent splash screen took me a matching login screen. At the login screen I first chose Drak3D to enable the Compiz Fusion 3-D desktop, and found it worked in both KDE and GNOME. Both desktops used the multicolored double-helix community theme, as I've come to think of it. The theme was further enhanced by 3-D menu highlights, as well as the matching Ia Ora window decoration and style used throughout, and the menus are easier to navigate because there are more headings (resembling the default KDE menu), making the application placement more logical. All these features give the system a polished and professional appearance.

I was impressed with the installer, boot process, and resulting desktop, but I needed to do a bit more configuration. My wireless connection was my first priority. I tried the graphical network configuration in the Mandriva Control Center (MCC) first. It has a wizard that includes a choice of wireless, with the further option of using Ndiswrapper to use a Windows driver. I imagine it would work for most Ethernet cards, but it failed on mine.

Next, I opened the Konsole terminal emulator and ran through my usual command line routine as well as a few tricks I've picked up after many years of testing new distros, but those failed too. I had almost given up when I examined the loaded modules more closely and noticed PCMCIA drivers in use. Since I didn't need them, I unloaded them and tried reloading Ndiswrapper, and this time it worked. So I put ssb, pcmcia, and pcmcia-core modules into the /etc/modules.d/blacklist-mdv file and rebooted. Since I had previously set up the connection in MCC (though it didn't work at the time), I found myself with a working wireless connection, including Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA).

Software

The list of software Mandriva installs depends on your edition and on your style of install. I had chosen all the categories except server and LBS from the Custom path, which gave me a system with 3.9GB worth of applications, including all the K apps that come with KDE and lots of favorites from GNOME, as well as must-haves such as Firefox 2.0.0.6, GIMP 2.4.0 rc2, and OpenOffice.org 2.2.1.

In addition, I found some other less common applications in the menu. For instance, entries to install Google Earth and Picasa each open a terminal, then download and install the software. Both worked well, as did the resulting apps. The only negative issue is that the installer links aren't removed from the menu after the applications are in place.

Mandriva provides a wide assortment of useful applications in many areas. You can use Ekiga Softphone or Skype 1.4 to talk with friends and family over the Internet, exchange instant message with Pidgin, and download files with FileZilla.

Some multimedia applications include Mixxx and Linux Multimedia Studio, used to create and edit sound files. You can edit video with Kino and watch DVDs with the commercial LinDVD player. You can view Flash files with Adobe Flash Player and video files with Xine, Totem, or Kaffeine. Amarok, Sound Juicer, and Rhythmbox Music Player soothe the soul and rock the house.

Relax with great games such as Second Life, Planet Penguin Racer, Crack Attack, and Frozen Bubble. Cedega is also included in the Power Pack so you can enjoy some popular Windows games in Mandriva.

Plan your schedule with Planner, spread some sheets with Gnumeric, and manage expenses in GnuCash.

Compiz Fusion has an extensive control panel for setting up the effects, controls, and behaviors. I've only found a couple of other distros that allow me to enjoy these advanced options, but they work well in Mandriva, even with my meager 512MB of shared RAM. I've been using the 3-D software for about week, and I haven't experienced any crashes, black or white windows or cubes, missing title bars, or artifacting. The effects are immediate and deliberate. Mandriva's is one of best implementations of the software I've experienced.

Mandriva also ships with Metisse, another 3-D window manager that allows users to rotate, bend, zoom, flip, warp, topple, and arrange their windows in different configurations. The goal is to help users become more efficient, but to me it seems more like a fun toy.

One of the most annoying new additions is a Firefox extension for BlogRovr, a service that delivers blog posts based on your browsing. Every time I opened Firefox, a tab opened to the BlogRovr homepage, a configuration wizard opened, and a little login window appeared. It didn't take long before I uninstalled it through the software manager.

Tools and utilities

In addition to application software, Mandriva provides a useful collection of management tools. The Mandriva Control Center was one of the first centralized system configuration utility, and has been improved and expanded over the years. I found only a few additions in this release, but I understand some of the underlying subsystems have been improved, such as the hardware detection and database.

One of the new items is a Package Stats tool. It shows the last time a file was accessed, which could come in handy for determining if a corresponding application could be removed or skipped during the next install. On my system, the tool wasn't accurate, as Mandriva mounts the filesystem with noatime by default, which can improve system performance. One might need to remove that mount parameter and use the system for a while before attempting to get an accurate assessment of the files. I'd be a bit cautious when applying the results as well.

New in this release is the Network Center, a streamlined configuration tool for your network and devices. From it you can configure the IP settings, hostname, passwords, connection preferences, and boot instructions. You can also make or monitor a connection from within the Network Center. The "Set up a new interface" tool is still present for those devices that aren't auto-detected.

Also new this release is an "Import Windows documents and settings." This utility does as the name implies and works fairly well. For me it imported some installers and image files from the Windows partition on my hard drive and put them in a Documents folder. It put a Word document in ~/tmp, and the current wallpaper was placed in my home directory. I don't know where it put the bookmarks -- not in the browsers. Also, it didn't import another Word document from the Windows desktop, and it didn't try to import email.

The software manager and online update tools have been improved somewhat in this release. The interfaces seem a little tidier and easier to use. The package layout is cleaner. Adding repositories works better now as well.

Also new in this release is the Mandriva Linux Starter Guide, an impressive help document written primarily for new users. It covers many scenarios, from installing the system to using the command line, and includes helpful images. This is a thoughtful addition to help new users master Mandriva Linux.

Hardware

Hardware support is another area in which Mandriva has always excelled. In many releases it has been the first distro to support the newest hardware on the market.

When you insert removable media in KDE, a dialog box opens so you can decide what to do. In GNOME, a window opens to the directory, or a corresponding application is launched, such as with music CDs.

Advanced powersaving features were already enabled upon first boot as well. The CPU idles at 800MHz and increases upon demand. The LCD screen blanks after 15 minutes of idle time and dims when the power cord is removed. Hibernation options work well. Both suspend to RAM and suspend to disk are smooth and responsive going to sleep and waking up. The only tweaking I did was to the lid closing, which is set to suspend by default. It's wonderful to have all this working out of the box.

Conclusion

Mandriva 2008.0 seems to be a splendid release. Since setup I've not experienced any problems. My system is fast, responsive, and stable. The new artwork is gorgeous, and the fonts look great as well. I was pleased with the hardware support, especially the powersaving features. I can play any multimedia file format I have, and watch Flash videos on the Web.

Mandriva was once known as the best distro for new users, while accommodating those more experienced. In its current incarnation, this is still so. 2008.0 is an exceptionally impressive release.

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.14.243.4] on October 12, 2007 06:33 PM
I agree with the author of this article: Mandriva 2008.0 does rock! I installed it on my PC at home and at work and it's really great. Definitely recommended!

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 87.78.207.129] on October 12, 2007 07:25 PM
True - a great comeback of Mandriva.

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.54.60.249] on October 12, 2007 09:27 PM
I've been using Mandriva since the 2006 release and this is the best yet. Hats off to Mandriva for making a GREAT distro!

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.169.242.99] on October 12, 2007 11:13 PM
2007.1 Spring was already a very good release, but 2008 is just wonderful.

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 89.123.254.151] on October 12, 2007 11:15 PM
Susan, it's not "/etc/modules.d/blacklist-mdv", but "/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-mdv" in this case.

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Re: Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.241.129.147] on October 13, 2007 03:48 AM
Opps, brain glitch. Thanks so much, in case other's need to apply the workaround.

-susan

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: linuxwolf on October 13, 2007 02:21 AM
As a former #mandrake user I have to say I am pleased. I am glad that Mandrive has carried on the tradition of supporting the latest devices by default. It is the one thing it always seemed to do better then any other distro. I just hope that it has trimmed down what it installs by default, most users wont even use half of what it installs.

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Voted Best Article In 15 Years

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.208.138.175] on October 13, 2007 03:42 AM
I am shocked. 15 Years I have been staring at this screen, and today, found an article about computer software that is positive, to the point, well thought out, focused, comprehensive, informative, and clean.

And clean.

Very refreshing.

Please, continue.

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.181.205.63] on October 13, 2007 04:44 AM
I had alot of trouble with Mandriva 2008. The release notes on the CD are for the 2007.1 Spring version, not 2008. The scripts to connect with the club, and to register as a club member, are broken, resulting in scripting errors. Submitting my hardware report opened a gigantic (and misspelled) "Succes!" message that filled the entire screen and would not let me continue the installation. Thankfully, after doing the only thing that worked - a hard reboot, it seemed to set itself up ok. Adding repos was easy, but many of the programs themself are broken. I had hoped for so much from this distro.

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Re: Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 207.179.172.214] on October 15, 2007 03:56 AM
In their defense, "Succes" is how you would spell 'success' in french ...without the accent. Regardless, bug or simple translation oversight, errors like this do seem unprofessional.

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 58.28.192.93] on October 13, 2007 07:11 AM
kde does not save changes on reboot and mplayer in firefox had no sound,Several bugs but excellent hardware detection.

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Re: Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.12.12.147] on October 13, 2007 01:53 PM
Install mplayer and win32codecs, both from plf: It has sound.

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.181.201.218] on October 13, 2007 09:39 AM
It's a great Alpha, it's just a shame it's released as a finished product :(

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Re: Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.84.180.114] on October 13, 2007 10:05 AM
i agree with you, as i wrote there are some bugs but the overall impression is GREAT and they will be fixed in updates/backport.

bye
Marcello

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.84.180.114] on October 13, 2007 10:03 AM
really a good release, the best i've ever tried. there are some minor issues but i'm sure they will be resolved in updates or backport media.

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Where is the Gnome One LiveCD?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.185.160.3] on October 13, 2007 02:27 PM
Well, where is it? All I can find is the KDE CD, and everywhere I go it says that there should be a Gnome LiveCD. I'll wait patiently for the next week until I snap when I hear they've abandoned Gnome.

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Re: Where is the Gnome One LiveCD?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.84.172.249] on October 14, 2007 08:44 AM
We'll probably post some news on a GNOME One CD soon.

In any case, even if there wasn't one, we haven't abandoned GNOME: you can install it from the Free or Powerpack editions, and after installing the KDE One edition, you can add it just by setting up the repositories and installing the task-gnome package.

Adam Williamson, Mandriva

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Re(1): Where is the Gnome One LiveCD?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.185.160.3] on October 14, 2007 01:05 PM
OK, thanks, I'll do that. :)

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Re(2): Where is the Gnome One LiveCD?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 202.166.178.118] on October 14, 2007 01:27 PM
GNOME One Live CD is back !
have a look at the official mirrors.

regards,
glyj

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Mandriva - Connectivity

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 142.177.103.35] on October 13, 2007 07:16 PM
How is their support for the fifty percent of us who are still connecting via dial-up?

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Re: Mandriva - Connectivity

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.122.202.209] on October 13, 2007 08:29 PM
Yes

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Konsole doesn't work

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.188.150.241] on October 13, 2007 11:59 PM
By far not the best Linux release, even for Mandriva. Konsole will not load properly, and I have installed it twice already. Definitely an alpha release, as someone has already pointed out. Don't upgrade just yet, there is still quite a bit of polishing left to be done.

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Konsole doesn't work

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.188.150.241] on October 13, 2007 11:59 PM
By far not the best Linux release, even for Mandriva. Konsole will not load properly, and I have installed it twice already. Definitely an alpha release, as someone has already pointed out. Don't upgrade just yet, there is still quite a bit of polishing left to be done.

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Re: Konsole doesn't work

Posted by: Elvis on October 14, 2007 04:46 PM
What???

Konsole is installed by default and it work flawlessly! Where you high when you install this distribution?

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Re: Konsole doesn't work

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 192.168.0.142] on October 15, 2007 04:00 PM
Works perfectly as usual on 3 installs (2 x86_64, i x86). Maybe you should provide more details (or a bug report at http://qa.mandriva.com).

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 86.69.179.160] on October 14, 2007 12:22 AM
I have been a mandriva user for years ( with several tries with Ubuntu, suse, pclinuxos) since 6.x. 9.1 was good, 2007.1 was great, 2008 is superb !
I am still looking for bugs ;-). By the way, I am using 64 bit.
Apart from installing wrapper for flash in firefox, no tweaking was needed.
Keep up the good work !

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Re: Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 195.137.32.103] on October 15, 2007 08:29 PM
Where di u find 64 bit?
I couldn't find it!
P.Woods

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Mandriva rocks and changes

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 82.225.29.152] on October 14, 2007 02:22 AM
I agree this release is excellent. No tweak at all on my laptop (centrino duo). "Powerpack" has really a good value at 39E these days.

There is also a neat instalable "One" liveCD with proprietary packages, and a rich "Free" DVD for those who want to control exactly what level of proprietary stuff they want.

Mandriva is also changing, becoming more open to community, with more simple and cheaper offering. So all good news with this release.

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.181.204.210] on October 14, 2007 09:26 AM
So, apart from the devs who are apparently posting "It's the greatest thing ever - no hassles or bugs, really!", and the clueless reviewer who doesn't even know the GNOME CD isn't out yet - did she just cut'n'paste a press release, or use the darn thing? - lot's of people are having LOTS of problems with this release. It has so much promise, I hope they get it out of "Alpha" stage soon and make a nice, useable distro!

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Re: Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.149.0.140] on October 17, 2007 06:03 AM
Very interesting you'd comment about the developers pumping up the comments.

http://archives.mandrivalinux.com/cooker/2007-10/msg00881.php

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 80.19.208.133] on October 14, 2007 10:41 AM

Bottom line: Mandriva 2008 is a remarkable piece of software for both beginners and advanced users. The 32 bit version is PERFECT!!!!! Everything just works on my three tested platforms. My review:..................................................................................... Well I've installed the 32 bit version on my pentium 4 at 3mhz and one gig memory desktop and my pentium M 1.7 laptop and I can say this 2008.0 works like it should. All the video plays right, LinDVD works great, enabling the backports allowed me to install the essential (for recording) streamripper (and streamtuner) and the 3d stuff (metisse or compiz take your choice) all work great. And the wireless 2200 card on my laptop (sony vgn-fs840/w) was automatically recognized. (For newbies it would be better if just a single click would enable new repositories (Mandriva should give newbies a two sentance discription of a depository and then - with just a click - allow users to enable all official sources and extra official sources (that might include Main32 Updates, Contrib Updates adn Non-free updates). Now on the 64 bit version, there's an occasional hicup - for instance LinDVD doesn't play sound but the video is OK - so I had to use smplayer or xmms or some other application. Totem also didn't work here but both applications worked under the 32 bit version (must be missing codecs needed to play dvds). (Am also using Sabayon 64 bit version and totem played the dvd properly there so that tells me the DVD codec (Libcvdss???) probably isn't properly installed on the 64 bit version of mandriva 2008.0) And when I was installing it wouldn't boot properly after I installed the xandros bootloader (so I can load multiple distros) I have installed both versions on my AMD 64 (2.5 mhz 2 GB) HP 3060n) with the 32 bit version as a back up for the 64 bit (just in case I need it). (A partial reinstall cleared that up - reinstall goes real quick when the system is already installed as long as you don't let the installer format your partition of course) I can say that the 64 bit system runs smoother and faster so that is my preferred platform. It's as if there's some small programs that still haven't been written for the 64 bit data path or incorporated into the 64 bit world to run in 32 bits of data.

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 202.166.178.118] on October 14, 2007 01:33 PM
about adding official & extra sources :
actually, there is a one click «Add» button in the mandriva control center. (but this excludes PLF sources )
regards,
glyj

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Re: Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.84.172.249] on October 14, 2007 06:25 PM
and rpmdrake asks if you want to add sources the first time you run it.

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 83.8.202.228] on October 14, 2007 06:30 PM
Thanks for another very interesting article. Keep up the good work. Regards
<a href="http://www.profesjonalna-reklama.pl" target="_blank">Pozycjonowanie</a>

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 98.203.150.239] on October 14, 2007 09:09 PM
this is a HORRIBLE release..many it ems in rpmdrake are still EMPTY>.were they HIGH when they decided to release this ???

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Re: Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 10.0.128.163] on October 15, 2007 10:40 AM
What??? There's not empty items in rpmdrake. Have you tried a beta version of mandriva 2008?
Mandriva 2008 it's the better distro I've installed.

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.181.204.210] on October 14, 2007 11:53 PM
The software manager tells me it cannot find any mirrors, and says it's probably a lack of support for my architecture - an Intel Pentium 4.

Yeah, right. Had to use easy urpmi to get repositories :(

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 10.1.1.10] on October 15, 2007 04:32 AM
I've been using Mandriva since Mandrake 7.0 and this one is giving me the most trouble. I spent money on this one too buy purchasing the powerpack. I've installed it on my Thinkpad R52e and my wireless stops working suddenly for no reason, reloading the drivers or network doesn't fix it. The boot up often hangs when the laptop is in battery mode. I've reverted back to 2007.1 (Spring) until I can figure out what's happening. I'm sad as I'm a bit of a fanboy but this one has a lot of issues with my laptop, which is odd as I"ve had 2005LE, 2006, 2007 and 2007.1 all installed on the same machine and 2008 has taken a backwards step although it even has laptop optimisation with a laptop kernel included.

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 74.230.104.162] on October 15, 2007 05:13 AM
I hope that this distro will work on my machine. I am using Mandriva 2007 for the AMD 64 (3000+). My machine is a home brew including 1gig of memory and a Chaintech video card. The 'latest' version (before the current 2009), would load, get to the main desktop, and then FREEZE. It is acting like an all Debian distro (I cannot use Suse or Ubuntu for this reason).
Has the new Mandriva been re-engineered with a Debian base?
Please comment ... Thanks in advance. Tony G.

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I love This Distro

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 66.27.172.226] on October 15, 2007 06:39 AM
I have to say, that I have played with just about every distro that comes out. It's a compulsion I have. I am not a Microsoft hater, but there is so much Windows stuff out there, that it is pervasive. But who wouldn't have a more stable operating system with a ton of included software that saves you money? It's just that quite a few distros to this point have fallen short. I have many times done back-flips to get all the codecs and stuff to get all my web media to work. Not this time. No back flips needed. Everything works right out of the box. Mandriva 2008 AMD64 Powerpack is awesome!

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 201.32.68.211] on October 15, 2007 12:12 PM
O mandriva 2008.0 está fantástico.

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 203.123.181.228] on October 16, 2007 07:43 AM
Mandriva rocks.. Linux rocks.... KDE rocks...

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 64.143.189.190] on October 16, 2007 08:31 PM
Isn't Suse a RedHat derivative?

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Re: Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.54.60.249] on October 16, 2007 08:34 PM
What does that have to do with Mandriva?

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 64.143.189.190] on October 16, 2007 08:36 PM
All the problems that I have had with Mandriva revolved around rpmdrake being broken in one way or another, and webmin downloaded from the official repos, would not work without modification. (As of 2007 anyway). I have been using Mandriva Linux, since it was mandrake 7.1...so it' s been awhile. Mandriva is a good distro especially for the complete newbie, but it sounds like they need to increase there testing base, to try and accomodate more combinations of hardware. I haven't used Mandriva for months, and now that I have my Kubuntu system working as it should why bother switching back? What would make it worth the effort?

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Mandriva 2008.0 : Beta

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 201.235.28.130] on October 16, 2007 08:57 PM
Just one word: Unfinished.

Mandriva user since Mandrake 7.0

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: RJDohnert on October 19, 2007 02:38 AM
I recently did my own review of Mandriva Linux 2008

<a href="http://rjdohnert.wordpress.com/2007/10/19/mandriva-linux-2008/"> Review </a>

I personally like the sytem. It has it quirks but its fun
[Modified by: RJDohnert on October 19, 2007 02:40 AM]

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 129.194.8.73] on October 19, 2007 01:46 PM
An excellent distro. A few glitches, unfortunately (the worst one for me being that my delete key does not work: xev does not even report a keypress event, only a FocusOut/FocusIn/KeymapNotify! A real pain. This never occured with earlier versions). Let us hope that the last few problems will be taken care of quickly, though it does not seem to be the case (very few updates up to now). Also, they should release the newest version of some sofwares like Ooo.

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Re: Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.84.172.249] on October 19, 2007 07:36 PM
If you want to make sure that bug is fixed, the thing to do is file a bug report. If you don't let us know about the bug, we can't fix it. :) http://bugzilla.mandriva.com/ . Thanks!

Adam Williamson, Mandriva

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.54.60.249] on October 19, 2007 04:29 PM
I installed it the day it was released. It installed perfectly. I have not had one problem at all with this version, I think it is a great release!

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 87.202.74.163] on October 29, 2007 02:55 AM

Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 89.61.228.164] on November 01, 2007 03:38 AM
I Like Mandriva too, thanks! <a href="http://www.yellobook.eu">yellowpages</a>

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Mandriva 2008.0 FREE rocks as well

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 212.49.84.20] on November 04, 2007 11:00 AM
It is a good review but unfortunately u tested the powerpack version which i find very uncomfortable and not for the FREE hearted. I on the other hand downloaded the FREE DVD version 2008.0, enabled the backports and everything works out of the box except yeah....its free of charge. Of course i also enabled the plf repos.
Those of you who might read the above review and feel that only the commercial version will work perfectly are wrong. No hard feelings but linux is something free so why PAY!!!!!

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Re: Mandriva 2008.0 FREE rocks as well

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.85.45.64] on November 19, 2007 07:15 PM
It was never meant to be free as in beer. How much work would you do for free?

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 199.5.47.12] on December 20, 2007 02:47 PM
Does Mandriva One contain all the codecs?Codecs?
Thanks
Flappz@GMail.com

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Mandriva 2008.0 rocks

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 88.149.235.162] on January 19, 2008 07:31 PM
Sigh. Why do reviewers never talk about the things I'm actually interested in? Am I the only one in the Linux community who wonders: when is the reviewed version planned to reach EOL? Do you get security notices and updates with the free version or are they a paid-for service? Is there an easy upgrade mechanism to future releases? You know. Silly little things like these.

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Mandriva 2008.0 AMD64 certainly stable

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 202.1.230.105] on February 27, 2008 07:21 AM
I have only recently obtained the PWP version of this wonderful distro, and I have to say it is has to be one of the most stable versions yet!
I admit that I do not follow the mainstay of hardware that gaming aficionados do however I think with the system I am running it is the most appropriate.
The only issue I have is that the version of LinDVD does not correctly detect the audio hardware and yet alsa is running properly.

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