Mandriva Linux 2007 PowerPack Edition review

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Though delayed for a while and later to market than most Mandriva fans would probably prefer, the new Mandriva Linux 2007 PowerPack Edition is finally here, nearly a year after the previous release. 2007 is typical Mandriva through and through: attractively themed in KDE, easy to install without skipping the technical details, a little bug-ridden here and there, and full of new and interesting software technologies. This release does have its own identity, though; not only has the standard theme been redesigned for the first time in several years, but this is the first Mandriva release to include a "legal" DVD movie player.

Mandriva PowerPack Edition is unique among desktop GNU/Linux distributions in that it doesn't try to remove the technical complexity from the operating environment -- it isn't "dumbed down." The installation utility is easy to use and understand, but it doesn't skip over things like network administration, drive partitioning and formatting, and user accounts. It's more or less designed to be installed in two stages: the initial install where most of the basic desktop programs are chosen, and the post-install configuration, where you add expanded distribution sources and open up a wider selection of applications.

Mandriva 2007 PowerPack Edition has several updates and enhancements over the 2006 release:

* A new theme.
* LinDVD.
* Cedega.
* 3D desktop effects.

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