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Mandriva is proud to announce the release of its latest distribution, Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring. This new release brings features like full support for the Asus Eee, easy synchronization with Windows Mobile 5 and later, Blackberry, and Nokia devices, a new parental control utility, the Elisa multimedia center, Codeina for easy installation of necessary media codecs, PulseAudio by default and much more. Software updates include KDE 3.5.9 (with 4.0.2 available from the official repositories), GNOME 2.22, OpenOffice.org 2.4, Linux kernel 184.108.40.206, X.org 7.3, Compiz 0.7, and more.
If you just can't wait, you can download the One (live / install CD) or Free (traditional installer, 100% free / open source software) editions of Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring right here. Direct BitTorrent download links can be found here, as the mirrors are likely to be overloaded for several days. The commercial edition, Powerpack, featuring exclusive commercial applications, is available immediately for direct download, and can be pre-ordered in boxed form (delivery will begin in two weeks), at the Mandriva Store. A large amount of information on the new release is also available at the Mandriva Wiki:
Got it yesterday. Runs better than 2008.0 on this old Presario (AMD K6-2 350 Mhz, 320 MB RAM). ntfs-3g is default for Windows ntfs partitions. MCC seems better organized with a few new tools including Parental Controls (for those with minor children using the computer). I used the rc2 for a few days (it was not much better than 2008.0 here), but a fresh install of the final release has restored my faith in Mandriva. From my one day experience with the new release, it is well worth the effort of doing the install. Check back in a week and I will post any further impressions (or changes of heart) to this thread (if the originator does not mind).
Bang on schedule! Well done the Mandi team! A couple of niggles: a) Been trying to find the 64 bit free DVD on the Mandriva site to no avail... Any clues? Or is it not released yet? b) URPMI update from 2008.0 to Spring - wtf has happened here folks? Can it even be done without going into MCC & changing the url's manually? Adding from EasyURPMI brings the annoying mesage "Bad <url>. Must be an absolute location" or somesuch...
Edit - found a torrent for the 64 bit Free version at btjunkie
You will always get the best result from a clean install. The one caveat is that you should have a /home partition so your user settings will not be lost (you can format the root partition while the /home partition is unchanged). I have a 7-8 GB Root (/) partition, a 2 GB swap partition (size chosen by the installer when I installed MDV2k8.0), and the remaining space for my /home partition. These values are what work for me. Your needs may differ.
I want as much space as possible for user data (/home partition), especially if I intend to keep large files such as music, video, iso images, or virtual hd's for use with a vm on my hard drive. I want enough room for the software I intend to install (root partition), but that will usually be a fairly static value. I have found that 7 or 8 GB is enough for my needs. If you install many games system wide (under/usr), you may want more space for the root (/) partition, perhaps 10 or 12 GB.
After your initial setup, if you find that you have allocated too much (or too little) space to the root (/) partition, you can adjust your partition sizes using Gparted from a live CD. As a rule of thumb, the used space in a partition should not exceed 75 per cent of the total space. You can run the MDV One CD, install Gparted and make your changes. Note: You will have to install Gparted each time you boot the MDV One Live CD since the installation will not be written to the disk. You can get the Gparted Live CD or the System Rescue CD (which includes Gparted) if you think you may be using Gparted fairly regularly. Google 'gparted' or 'system rescue CD' (no quotes) to get the URI's.
Finally, I choose to avoid the Upgrade Install path because I have found in the past that upgrade installations can have issues from conflicts between the old and new release configurations. Since I still hear complaints from users who have selected this route, I prefer the clean install path because I believe it is safer and results in a more stable system.
Just a little question jumped to my head:
What will happen to the software that is installed inside the home folder, like Opera and firefox for example, How will they be affected by the new distro install?
The upgrade function of the installer has a rather bad bug (which snuck in at the last minute because the wrong version of an installer component was inadvertently included), but you can work around it:
I second ernie's advice....do a clean install...that way you are getting libraries and links to the correct new stuff and not risk having any forgotten links go bad?
first impression...ooo is still slow to load but on re-opening is down to 2 seconds woo hoo.
2) fstab for hd partitions have moved away from /dev/ to uuid
3) after a fair amount of complaints b4 on pulseaudio....my soundcard uses alsa and pulse and I had no tweaking required.
4) includes HP setup for those who prefer hp printer control thru hp rather than thru cups even tho its still cups server.
5) there is a new media applet....that uses a floppy icon in the system tray....have not yet found a way to disable it...not in services and right hand clicking it does not work...may be a KDE function but have not had time to check out.
6) mcc has a new Parental controls for internet related activity.
I am back off it....to back up some of my old files but the main negative point AFAIK is the default size is bigger than 2008.0....I will have to put it on a diet as I use partimage and not the new snapshots found in mcc
As usual I cleaned my hard drive and went for a clean install. I ran into a problem as soon as the installer started. The display just went mad, all I could see on the screen was a blue blur, shaking and waving like a curtain in the breeze. I tried to run the installer several times, but to no avail. Having spent a lot of time on that I put away the CDs and installed the Mandriva 2008.0 version.
I believe it is due to the fact that my computer is a pretty ancient one(P3, 1137 MHz, 512 megs RAM, Intel 810 chipset). But the system requirement showed that i810 video is supported. I am wondering what is going on.
I had certain issues with the 2008.0 installer too, but I was able to resolve them. I was hoping to be able to upgrade, and to say that I am disappointed would be an understatement.
I am still fond of Mandriva Linux, and would recommend it to any new user, but my experience with installing it on several computers has been mixed--some hardware did not seem to support it. Both old and new PCs seem to have issues of hardware detection, and I think Mandriva should look into it. Otherwise once you have it up and running, it is a very good distro to use.
Any comments on this would be appreciated.
It has been about a week and I believe that Mandriva 2008.1 is about the most solid release to date, at least on this old Presario powered by an AMD K6-2 350 Mhz CPU, 320 MB RAM and an old nVidia GeForce 2 card with 64 MB video RAM on board and a Maestro3 sound card. I am using KDE 3.5.9 so the box runs a bit slow, but it is still usable. I have not tried to watch a DVD yet, but Amarok works well (I can finally listed to the audio streams from a few local radio stations) and my two podcasts of choice (LQ and the Roadhouse) work as well. If there are any serious issues with this release, I have not uncovered them yet (or they do not affect my hardware). I hope everyone else has as good an experience as I have had so far (Tank, hope you get past the installer issue).