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Old 08-20-2009, 02:34 AM   #1
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Should I and how to use Mandriva 2010 Beta?

If I'm correct there's a beta version of Mandriva 2010 being released on the 20th.
Unfortunately I'm having a lot of issues with Mandriva 2009.1 on my system. Since it's an Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T using the Intel GMA4500 processor I think it could be Intel related.
Unfortunately I'm having some type of issue at bootup even before login where menus don't appear correctly. For example I can click on the icon to select desktop and at times it will display fine and other times I bootup it will have to be clicked on several times to finally appear and then only appears for a flash and disappears. I have the same issue after login with the start (star) menu, etc.
I am hoping that maybe the newer Kernel after 2.6.30 will fix it or even KDE 4.3. I've never tried using beta software before but am at the point I'm almost ready to give up on Mandriva and go with something such as OpenSUSE.
How would I go about using 2010? Would I have a lot of problems using Beta software? How do I go about installing it as a fresh install or either upgrading my 2009.1 to 2010 beta?
Old 08-20-2009, 06:46 AM   #2
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Generally speaking a BETA version is not a stable version.
It is for testing purpose .
So never use it for a production machine
And opensuse if you get it installed correctly it is quit stable.
Personally I have not one problem with opensuse , it deliver what it promise a working OS
Do not expect that opensuse runs fast
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Please take note that if your issue is with an Intel device driver (e.g.: a Kernel module), then it is likely that you will have the same issue on the same hardware no matter which distribution you use because all distributions use the same source code to build the software included with their distribution. Mandriva 2010.0 should be released around November. My best suggestion is that you should check the Mandriva 2009.1 release notes to see if there is a work around for your issue, then try out Mandriva 2010.0 (final) when it is released to see if the trouble has been fixed.

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I would also like to point out that ronlau9 is correct, beta's and rc's (release candidates) are generally less stable and should definitely not use one of these releases in a "production" machine.

However the question was (if I am correct) how to upgrade or doa fesh install, and I believe the op is referring to a laptop (Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T) which is not a production machine.

The answer to your question is easy:

Download and burn either the Mandriva 2010 One (Live CD) or Mandriva 2010 Free DVD.

If you use the LiveCD (Mandriva One) you can reboot with the CD in the drive and it will run off the CD without making changes to your running OS. Once you decide you like it after playing with it a while (new drivers run better whatever) you can do a Live upgrade. There will be an icon right on your desktop to upgrade/install.

If you choose the "Free" version (as in free/open source drivers and apps not as in cost), you boot with the disk in the drive and just choose the install or the upgrade option when prompted. This option does not allow for you to test before you install/upgrade though.


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