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Mandriva Linux 2009 Released 106

Adam Williamson writes "Mandriva has today released Mandriva Linux 2009, the new major release of the popular distribution. 2009 is a bold release which brings the new KDE 4 as the default desktop, along with a re-designed installer and Mandriva Control Center and many other new features. Other significant updates include GNOME 2.24, OpenOffice.org 3, Mozilla Firefox 3, and kernel 2.6.27. Key features include new graphical in-line upgrade capability, netbook compatibility, class-leading hardware support, and further improved support for working with mobile devices. For more details, see the Release Tour and the Release Notes. Get it at the download page, or go straight to the torrent list."
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Mandriva Linux 2009 Released

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  • by djcapelis ( 587616 ) on Thursday October 09, 2008 @06:15PM (#25321403) Homepage

    It includes a kernel that hasn't been released yet?


    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by stas1987 ( 1381901 )
      whats the difference between mandriva "one" and "free"
      • by AdamWill ( 604569 ) on Thursday October 09, 2008 @06:23PM (#25321499) Homepage

        http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/Docs/Choosing_the_right_edition [mandriva.com]

        Basically, One is a hybrid live/install CD which includes proprietary drivers and browser plugins. Free is a traditional installer edition (2xCD or DVD) which is 100% free / open source software, no NVIDIA / ATI drivers or anything (though you can add them from the non-free repository after install, if you're that way inclined).

    • Well, it's technically there...

      in the state of an alpha release....

      Hopefully I'm missing something though.
    • From the release notes:

      Mandriva Linux 2009 includes (or will include) the following versions of the major distribution components: kernel 2.6.27

      I'm guessing that they mean that they'll upgrade to 2.6.27 when it's released.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Kjella ( 173770 )

      I guess they're pulling the same as Ubuntu did with Firefox 3, it's at -rc9 now and on monday Linus said: "If things go well, I might do a final release mid-week, otherwise it's
      'next weekend' again." so it should only be a few days away.

    • by AdamWill ( 604569 ) on Thursday October 09, 2008 @06:25PM (#25321539) Homepage
      Shipping with 2.6.27rc8, final 2.6.27 will be provided as an official update when it shows up.
    • ween is near...

      Maybe it's a TREAT?

      (Silly rabbit, Trix are for kid... And, NO, no Lucky Charms for YOU! hehehe)

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      Actualy it has been released, but never the less it is almost a guarantee that Mandriva is not using a kernel version released that recently, since Mandriva is very good about thoroughly testing things, and they wouldn't have had time to do so.

      Here the proof that 2.6.27 is "released":

      [zero__kelvin@bodhisattva ~]$ kernel
      [zero__kelvin@bodhisattva linux-2.6.git]$ git pull
      remote: Counting objects: 83, done.
      remote: Compressing objects: 100% (35/35), done.
      remote: Total 58 (delta 29), reused 52 (delta 23)

    • Linux kernel 2.6.27 was released this afternoon.

      Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2008 16:59:59 -0700 (PDT)
      From: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
      To: Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
      Subject: Linux 2.6.27
      Message-ID: <alpine.LFD.2.00.0810091651220.3210@nehalem.linux-foundation.org>

    • It includes a kernel that hasn't been released yet?

      Actually it got released today
      http://kernel.org/ [kernel.org]
      http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/10/10/0045239 [slashdot.org]

  • Worth a spin...? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by zooblethorpe ( 686757 ) on Thursday October 09, 2008 @06:22PM (#25321483)

    I had Mandrake installed some time back, and was happy with the package manager they had at the time since it finally dealt with some of the dependency hell issues that Red Hat suffered from. But at some point a software update and server migration went funny (on their end), and the package manager couldn't find the right site to update itself, and since I couldn't be bothered to dig into the internals to fix it (some of us use Linux to do other things :) and a reinstall looked like the easiest course, I opted to jump ship and tried out Ubuntu instead. But I'm curious to see what's happened in the intervening years.


    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by dchamp ( 89216 )

      It's been improved... the best way to handle your update repositories is to use the Easy URPMI site at http://easyurpmi.zarb.org/ [zarb.org] - just click and it will automagically add the sources for you.

      I've been running the Beta and RC versions on my laptop and a desktop, it's been working well. Gonna start torrenting the release version shortly.

    • I miss Conectiva (Score:3, Informative)

      by mangu ( 126918 )

      But at some point a software update and server migration went funny (on their end), and the package manager couldn't find the right site to update itself

      Until they got merged into Mandrake, Conectiva was the best distro, IMHO. They had RPM with Apt, the best of both worlds. After the acquisition, they opted to drop that feature, keeping the vastly inferior Mandrake package management. Sorry, guys, I wento to Ubuntu, and never looked back.

      The main thing I miss now is the Conectiva keyboard mapping. There are

      • The main thing I miss now is the Conectiva keyboard mapping. There are some subtle but significant differences in the way US-style keyboards handle accented characters, and Conectiva had the smartest setup (easiest to use, less keystrokes needed).

        Perhaps it's just a matter of configuring SCIM (smart common input method)? I use Ubuntu 8.04, with the default configurations for Portuguese (my native language), Japanese and Chinese (for hanzi and pinyin) and the only complaint I have is the lack of documentation (for pinyin). It is a very natural and productive input method.

    • by Reziac ( 43301 ) *

      In the past couple months I've seen folks using Ubuntu 8 and Mandrake-whatever-was-the-previous version... and Mandra^H^H^H Mandriva just seemed more finished and polished. It gave me new hope that one of these days there will be a linux I can love. Maybe this one is it... downloading now!

  • KDE (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Psychotria ( 953670 ) on Thursday October 09, 2008 @06:28PM (#25321563)
    Really, I love KDE 4.x. The work they have done is magnificent and a great achievement. I cannot, however, use it (at the moment) day-to-day. At least Mandrake has waited for a while before including it (KDE 4). At the end of the day though how is it helping Linux? Supposing I was a new Linux user (I'm not, been using it since 1994 and Yggdrasil) I would have to assess Linux on it's "interface". Say I am interested: I will grab the latest "linux version" and install it. I will be presented with KDE4. As an average user, would I judge linux, overall, on the interface. Most LIKELY I WOULD. Distro's have to be current, yeah. But if we want to make linux attractive to joe six pack, we have to start deciding WHAT goes into a standard distro. Including unfinished stuff (IMO) is a show stopper.

    This comment is not meant to detract from the great work the KDE people have done for 4.x. They are building a GREAT system and I admire their work.
    • By the way. I compile KDE 4.x weekly from svn. My comment above is really not meant to criticise the wonderful work the KDE programmers are doing.
    • by Kjella ( 173770 )

      Well, I guess it depends what you think is best longterm. It's said that to make an omelet you must break some eggs, and KDE4/Qt4 broke pretty much all of them. KDE 4.0 was way premature, maybe it was KDElibs 4.0. but not the K Desktop Environment 4.0. KDE 4.1.2 is really at the point that to make it better you must push it to a greater audience. In a few weeks there's Kubuntu 8.10 with KDE4 as the default, basicly they're all going in that direction. I think longterm it is what is necessary to push KDE4 pa

      • I agree. I just don't think that distros should have included it.
        • They'll upgrade to a new version when it is ready. But I agree, that there are some annoying glitches that might scare away average user (i have 4.1.2 atm).

          As for kernel -- the newer the kernel, the more equipment is supported.

          Openoffice3 -- bad timing, they'll make a release next week, so I guess that was a right decision too.

          P.S. when will slashdot support long dash?! Renders my compose key useless...

          • P.S. when will slashdot support long dash?! Renders my compose key useless...

            You have asked the right person -- I have no idea.

    • I would have to agree for the most part, except for one little rant..not directed at you though- its about the joe-six-pack.. I think Joe needs to catch the F.. up with the rest of the world. This dumbing down of things needs to stop, ASAP. rant over This new release of Mandriva is fantastic BTW. I tried both gnome and KDE (live) on a few machines and it was flawless. good job guys
  • i've been waiting for Mandrive 2009 for KDE 4.1 as 4.0 was supposed to be for developers.

    mandriva, and mandrake before the merger with conectiva, was the distro of choice for me. mandrake 6.something was the first distro i was able to install, i still have that disk somewhere. for a little while i flirted with ubuntu but kept coming back for one reason or another. actually, i kept returning because i have a dell vostro 1500 laptop, honestly, i'd been better off with an abacus than this garbage, but anywa

    • by ReinoutS ( 1919 )

      now, don't count me out yet. i'll just wait for 2 weeks before retrying. bye then, these bugs should be worked out. i have faith in the mandriva team.

      Please file bugs! Don't count on the Mandriva developers to read Slashdot to find out which bugs to fix. Thanks!

    • by idanity ( 591710 )
      thanks for the heads up. currently running 2008.1 on Toshibas satellite laptop with everything working (yes, 3d too, (compubiz))... i am very happy w/2008.1, and was looking forward to '09, but with your wireless issues and the ndis wrapper (currently using madwifi) i will remain content, and keep on chuggin. my only complaint in 08.1 is that when i tried to switch into "enlightenments" w.m. i kept getting a error that another window manager was already running...(even after going into runlevel3 sooo...
  • Way to go mandriva! (Score:2, Informative)

    by chadruva ( 613658 )

    I gave a spin to 2009-RC2 and I found it very lacking in many aspects, including general theme, while KDE4 implementation of the mandriva theme was mostly there small details (but important ones) like desktop icons where left out, if you look at the 2009 errata outstanding issues where not handled, like multimedia keyboard support on KDE4, it reasonably works on 2008.1 why should it stop working in 2009?, passing the blame to kmilo is no way to handle it (they would be better of with KDE3 for now).

    I like th

    • It's not really 'passing the blame'. KMilo is the bit of KDE which handles multimedia keys. If it doesn't exist for KDE 4 yet then, well, we just can't really handle multimedia keys in KDE 4. There's no way around it.

      We can do a partial hack - bind the volume up, down and mute keys to kmix via KDE's own hotkeys support - and I'm trying to get that done as an update.

      The question was whether issues on that level should stop us using KDE 4 for this release, bearing in mind the release will be the current one f

      • The difference between distros is in the details, having a regression is not good for a distro like Mandriva famed for being stylish, very usable and that "Just Works".

        I would like to congratulate the Mandriva team as working around these issues is unavoidable and the sooner we get to it the better.

        So yeah, I'm downloading it right now and will upgrade (clean install), I'm a bit critic of the latest changes but Mandriva has always been my distro of choice and will stick to it (and will start sending /* spam

      • In xorg-7.4 keyboards are handed via hal with evdev driver -- the layout is therefore generic and will make it much more easier for distro makers to configure multimedia keyboards -- all of them will send e.g. the same event on Volume Up keypress.

        • We already have this (and have since 2008.1) - the XF86Audio keysyms. The problem is not at that level. That level is there and working fine in 2009 - pretty much all keyboards with multimedia keys pass the appropriate keysyms. The issue is specific to KDE 4 and it's just that it has nothing to *handle* those keysyms. KDE 3 has an app called KMilo which handles them, but it's not been ported to KDE 4 yet.

          If you run KDE 3, GNOME, or Xfce in Mandriva 2009, the multimedia keys will work fine.

          • Got you wrong then. I still prefer using esekeyd so all my hotkeys work e.g. in fullscreen games. IIRC KMilo works only within KDE so if you start full-screened weshoth you will not be able to adjust sound with your keys.

            Besides, can't you just install KMilo3 on top of kde4? I use k3b in kde4 without a problem.

            • I've not actually checked that (I think the KDE engineering team has), but I suspect it wouldn't work because it would rely on KDE 3-style IPC which isn't present in KDE 4.

  • Useless summaries (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Enderandrew ( 866215 ) <.moc.liamg. .ta. .werdnaredne.> on Thursday October 09, 2008 @06:47PM (#25321741) Homepage Journal

    Each distro includes OpenOffice.org, Gnome, KDE, etc. I can get Gnome 2.24 by upgrading packages within my existing distro. openSUSE 11.1 and Fedora 9 will ship with it. So what actually sets this apart? I haven't used Mandriva since it was Mandrake, and I'm curious.

    I hear they got a great "Control Panel" that rivals Yast. What is it like? What unique features does the distro have?

    Wouldn't that be the pertinent information to have?

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by AdamWill ( 604569 )

      You might want to look at the Reviewer's Guide: http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/2009.0_Reviewers_Guide [mandriva.com]

      it contains a lot of that kind of information.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Enderandrew ( 866215 )

        Yes, but when writing an article reviewing the distro, shouldn't they talk about the unique features rather than just states, "hey, our release has Gnome!"

        • by Kjella ( 173770 )

          I half agree and half disagree, it's also to tell "Why should you upgrade to 2009? What new features are you getting?" for existing Mandriva users. For people using another distro the unique features may matter more, but it's a shame if people aren't aware of the progress made because it's common to all distros. And YMMV but it's not my most important criteria when choosing distros, usually it's about being reasonably current while breaking relatively little - not that my distro is that unique compared to o

      • by Reziac ( 43301 ) *

        Thanks, that was exactly what I needed... I was puzzling over which CD to download, and that page answered my question.

    • Basically the unique features for any distro are their installer, system administration tools and package management.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Enderandrew ( 866215 )

        Some distros do have unique features. For instance Fedora 9 had kernel-mode setting if you had an Intel video card. At the time, it was only one of a few, if not the only installers to offer full disk encryption in the installer, etc. Ubuntu offers Wubi.

        http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/9/FeatureList [fedoraproject.org]

        That is the kind of stuff I'm talking about. When reviewing distros, write about what makes that distro unique.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by PianoComp81 ( 589011 )

      I hear they got a great "Control Panel" that rivals Yast. What is it like? What unique features does the distro have?

      The Control Center (i.e. "Control Panel") is probably the best feature that Mandriva has. For me, it allows easy setup of just about everything - from NFS and SMB servers and clients to a backup feature that just works (so long as the hard drive has space - which they also deal with). Much of these things can be edited by webmin, but the control center GUI is easier to use than webmin. Anot

    • by Fri13 ( 963421 )

      So you are saying "Why I should get a Ubuntu or OpenSUSE if Mandriva 2009 has everything what others has and even more too".

      This is always a comparising a Linux distributions, not Linux Operating System. Every new release of distributions is just "a snapshot" of the current work what FOSS community has done in sertain projects.

      You get Linux OS (kernel) + new versions of libraries (GNU+others), developer tools (GNU+others) and what important, new versions of desktop environments (KDE, Gnome, LXDE, XFCE) and

  • Looking at the Torrent list, I can't see an x86-64 version of Mandriva One. ( Free has it though). Any ideas on where to find it?
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by AdamWill ( 604569 )

      There is no x86-64 One. Really, for most workloads, you may as well run i586 on x86-64 systems. If you really want a native edition, install x86-64 Free.

      • It does seem kind of odd that there is no 64bit Mandriva "One" version.

        Not that *I* think it is any big deal- I have been running 32bit Linux on my 64 bit machines forever. Why? Because, unless you need more than 4GB of RAM, or running the only few types of apps that really make a difference, 32 bit is almost the exact same performance, and it means just one install disc and set of RPM's for all my machines. Plus there is that whole 32/64 bit Flash issue (which I don't even know if it is really "solved"

        • Yes, because there's too many damn Ones already. And we can't consolidate into larger ISOs because the point of One is to be one CD in size :)

  • Obligatory (Score:3, Funny)

    by copponex ( 13876 ) on Thursday October 09, 2008 @06:49PM (#25321763) Homepage

    But does it run on Ubuntu?

  • by Zombie Ryushu ( 803103 ) on Thursday October 09, 2008 @07:39PM (#25322327)

    My major concern is going to be Pulse Audio. When 2008.1 came out, I migrated from 2008.0. I found out there were patches made to SDL that broke compatibility with many Linux games. It took weeks of "digging them out." to solve the problems. Now sound works the way it should. I'm frightened that it will mean more digging up bad patches in SDL to stop annoying crackling effects in games.

    Also, not every computer I own has a "nice" Nvidia FX5200. A few of them have older Sis, Matrox, Intel, and my Cooker Box which has one of the 2009.0 release candidates on it has a Voodoo 3. The Voodoo 3 card crashes when DRI is enabled. Not due to a proprietary driver, but due to some older cards development falling by the wayside.

    • I'm not sure how it could take you weeks - SDL is just one source RPM, so all the patches applied to it are right there...

      http://svn.mandriva.com/cgi-bin/viewvc.cgi/packages/cooker/SDL12/current/SOURCES/ [mandriva.com]

      there's two Pulse patches.

      We provide the latest code X.org has for all drivers, and the hardware detection database is maintained. Aside from that there isn't an awful lot we can do to help older neglected drivers - even if we had the time to devote to maintaining ancient X drivers (which we mostly don't), w

    • I found out there were patches made to SDL that broke compatibility with many Linux games. It took weeks of "digging them out." to solve the problems.

      For SDL: Did a packaging of the pristine upstream source have the same problems? Did you identify which specific patches which caused the problem?

      Also, the sound stack for Linux seems overly complicated [livejournal.com] at the current time. There is some guidance [0pointer.de] here, but if you need to have a talk at the Linux Plumbers Conference that says, "Application developers, do not write directly to the hardware interface," you have already failed. Of course, there's some controversy [rastageeks.org] about this guide because a bunch of OSS progr

  • by Necrotica ( 241109 ) <cspencer@lanlor d . ca> on Thursday October 09, 2008 @09:11PM (#25323043)
    Once upon a time this would have been big news on Slashdot. Now there is only about 45 comments. Mandrake/Mandriva really lost their mojo when they decided to go commercial.
    • by markdavis ( 642305 ) on Thursday October 09, 2008 @09:57PM (#25323367)

      Um, Mandrake/Mandriva has *always* been a commercial company with commercial offerings. But they have also *always* offered free versions of the distro. And this is what Redhat did before they went completely commercial-only, and what SuSE still does.

      http://www.mandriva.com/en/download/free [mandriva.com]

      • I stand corrected. You're right, I remember buying a copy of Mandrake 7 (I think) back in about 2000. But at that time, the only difference between the commercial and downloadable version was the inclusion of a printed manual in the commercial version. Subsequent versions were the same, except you might have received membership in the Mandrake Club if you bought it (it was optional if you downloaded - I know that much cuz I never had a reason to join)
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by AdamWill ( 604569 )

          Mark is not actually correct.

          There are no longer any paid Club memberships (we abolished that system last year). There's only the Powerpack subscription, which gives you no privileges, it's a simple product which gives you access to the Powerpack edition for 12 months; nothing else.

          The only software that is exclusive to the Powerpack edition is software that is not only non-free, but commercial: that is, software we *could not legally include* in any edition that's free to the general public. Software that

          • Really? I can get all that and more "free" in Gentoo and I don't have to buy anything!

            • Gentoo is a lot of fun. I used it for about four years. But with Gentoo *I* paid for it in time. Time spent compiling, tweaking, debugging, and getting into the racer mindset that I needed to make everything as optimized as humanly possible. No doubt I learned a lot from it. I don't know what its like now but I couldn't go back to that.
              • That's what's great about Gentoo. YOU choose either to leave things as they are or tweak them to your hearts content. Besides you would have just been wasting time in a bar or some other useless pastime. Instead you were learning about Linux and how it works.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by sayfawa ( 1099071 )
        I recall a time when they *really* pushed you to buy their product (not that there is something wrong with that). And they did not allow the free download until weeks after their paying customers got to it. There may have been some other perks to paying as well. Anyway, the feeling I got was that if you were not giving them money, you were 2nd class and could not get the full benefits of running the distro.

        This changed after Ubuntu and Fedora came along and they (Mandrake/Mandriva) saw that people were l
        • It is true that they do try to make money. As a commercial company, they have to in order to survive. They give preference and perks to club members. Personally, I think the rates are reasonable and the product is superior to Ubuntu (to use your example) in significant ways, so it is worth it. They have experimented with different concepts, settling on one that seems to work the best for themselves and their customers.

          I do wish all the perks were open to everyone, but I can see where giving something ot

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by pembo13 ( 770295 )
      Same for Redhat/Fedora stories. A lot of Slashdotters only seem to care about Ubuntu these days. To each their own I guess.
    • It's rather because Slashdot didn't put the story on the front page (only as a between-stories bar, which is easy to miss). When they make a Mandriva story a full front page story, it still gets hundreds of comments.

      Mandriva has always been a commercial distribution, ever since 1998. It's only got *more* open over time, never less.

    • I think it's Slashdot's reader base which has changed rather than Mandriva.

      Back when a Mandriva (Mandrake) release would have been big news it was amongst news of hardware evaluations, the latest kernel update and talk on coding standards.

      These days Slashdot has a far more mainstream focus and the stories getting all the comments and attention tend to be about: a) US politics, b) Privacy or c) RIAA/MPAA

      None of which are really "news for nerds" but rather "news for nerds who don't really care about technical

    • by Reziac ( 43301 ) *

      Every story has been low on comments, compared to normal for similar topics, since whatever changes slashdot made to the site a few days ago. Frex, I can no longer access "yesterday's news" (so I can't read or comment on these stories at all) and there are other small issues, like pages that fail to completely load the first time. I doubt I'm the only one affected by all this.

  • Well, I downloaded the CD and am now in the process of installing it. On the CD, it ran very quickly, especially for a live CD. The usual Folder View slowness in KDE4 that I've experienced in every other distro just did not exist in Mandriva. I'm assuming they used a later nVidia driver. A nice touch. I can already tell I'll like it much better than SuSE.
    • Actually, we use 177.70, but we apply the InitialPixmapPlacement and GlyphCache tweaks by default.
  • Just when I finished downloading 2008.1!

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