Minor grumbles with Mandriva 2008 and its GNOME 2.20

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I reinstalled Mandriva 2008 on my Acer TravelMate 5310 to check a few issues in comparison with a RHEL5 clone (X/OS 5.0) and with Fedora 8.

To my surprise, I discovered that under no distro can the correct writing speed of my LG DVD burner GSA-T20N be determined! Exactly as with the other distros I tried...

* You simply can't burn CDs with Nautilus, the speeds are something like "11.4x" and the burn fails.
* K3b, GnomeBaker, Brasero, Graveman are letting me choose whatever speed I want for burning a CD.
* For DVDs, they're also clueless, and if I choose "2x" the DVD is actually burned at 4x. The maximum speed of 8x also works.

So far, so good. For a first grumble, I noticed that the battery stopped charging, and that it says "97%". Then, by reading the details, I got the following dilemma: if the battery is only charged at 97% (43.3 Wh instead of 44.4 Wh), then how can it say the capacity is 100%?!

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