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Old 11-30-2013, 06:16 PM   #1
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Mandriva plus a Mate question.


I have been inactive with Linux for a while.

What's Mandiva up to after the Mageia split? More of the same, A propriety like distro with chronic problems?

What about mate? I read that distros are putting it in their repos. Is it similar to Gnome 2? I have Gnome 2.4 ;I believe it is,on Mageia and it's okay but not the caliber that Gnome 2 was.

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Old 11-30-2013, 08:33 PM   #2
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They seem pretty moribund, but there still may be signs of life. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandriva
 
Old 12-01-2013, 10:24 AM   #3
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Moribund? That's a useful word I can use in any company. From that Wiki article , I would say that mandriva is pretty well "%?*!#-ed". I thought that Mandriva 2008 was close to perfect and 2010 was the most appealing but needed so many huge updates that it was stupid.

Any word on Mate?
 
Old 12-01-2013, 11:45 AM   #4
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Don't believe all you read on Wikipedia. Mandriva is now a commercial product, and seems to be for servers only. The forks are Mageia and ROSA, while (confusingly) OpenMandriva is a derivative of ROSA. I'm surpised that Mandriva s.a. don't object to the new OpenMandriva using that name. They've welcomed the new project, but if it's a turkey that may confuse people about the quality of their own product.

Mate is very like Gnome 2. One change (which I don't like) is that they've copied Gnome 3 in using a compiled configuration file: not the proper Unix way and very tricky if anything goes wrong. As a desktop, I've found it reliable and pleasant. Mint and Point are the Mate specialists, but PCLinuxOS, Salix, and Snow all do good ready-to-use versions. The Fedora version was a bit of a mess: see my review on this site.
 
Old 12-01-2013, 11:47 AM   #5
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What about mate? I read that distros are putting it in their repos. Is it similar to Gnome 2? I have Gnome 2.4 ;I believe it is,on Mageia and it's okay but not the caliber that Gnome 2 was.
The last version of Gnome 2 was 2.32, IIRC. Regarding MATE, I would be very surprised if it is not the caliber that Gnome 2 was, since MATE is just a fork of Gnome 2. Essentially, it is Gnome 2 renamed.
 
Old 12-01-2013, 04:37 PM   #6
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Thanks for the enlightenment. From My own experience , I would say that Gnome 2.32 was a down grade from 2 because Gnome 3 was not ready yet and according to Gnome , 2 was taking up too much of their resources. I would compare 2.32 to being in between Gnome 3 fallback mode and Gnome 2. 2.32 does not have hardly any bells and whistles.There is no Gui to shut the computer down after a certain amount of time ,there are only a few 'appearance' options and so on.
 
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I heard on this week's SMLR that there's fork called Open Mandriva which has just given forth with a release.
 
  


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