Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Mandriva 2006 Beta 3

Filed under
MDV
Reviews
-s

How's the development of Mandriva 2006 progressing? Well, there wasn't a lot new to the naked eye except for the replacement of the nice wallpaper seen in the last beta. Now we are subjected to one with the big word "Free" across it. And I didn't save the old install either.

One new big development I noticed was the replacement of xorg 6.8.2 with the 6.9 version from cvs. I was hoping my nvidia card would now be supported in xorg's nv, but to my disappointment it isn't. However the newest nvidia drivers build fine on Mandriva once the kernel-sources are installed.

    

Another little change is the placement of a kopete icon in the quick launcher. As Mandriva gives me the impression of slowly moving away from some kde apps, this offers hope that perhaps I'm reading more into the Firefox being the default browser. I'll ignore the fact that clicking on a text file brings up gedit.

    

Oh, speaking of gtk, where is gnome? The installer had it selected. Urpmi says it's installed. However the option is missing from the kdm login screen and I spent quite a while trying to find the binary to start it manually. It's MIA folks, if I'm not mistaken. Urpmi doesn't find a gdm to install either. I guess this is one of those little glitches Mandrake was famous for, and that will be fixed next release.

Well, sorry so short, but most of the improvements must have been under the hood. The changelog claims some 250 bugs have been fixed and 5600 packages have been rebuilt. Highlights include:

  • xorg-x11-6.9-0.cvs20050810.6mdk

  • kernel 2.6.12-10mdk
    • Updated ipw2100 to 1.1.2, ipw2200 to 1.0.6

    • Ndiswrapper 1.2
    • added XEN support
  • GTK 2.8.0
  • gaim 1.5.0
  • sane 1.0.16
  • epiphany 1.6.5
  • kat 0.6.2
  • amarok 1.3
  • udev 068
  • gnome-desktop-2.10.2-1mdk <shrugs>
  • kdebase-3.4.2-21mdk
  • gcc-4.0.1-2mdk
  • glibc-2.3.5-4mdk
  • libqt3-3.3.4-19mdk
  • mozilla-firefox-1.0.6-7mdk

Full rpm list as tested here. Not too many new screenshots this time other than what you see here, as not much new to the eye. You may peruse the Beta 2 Screenshots here. That Beta 2 report is here.

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Gaming

Fedora: The Latest

Leftovers: KDE

  • ocs-client GSoC
    So my GSoC is coming to its end. I have no cool screenshots to upload this time and I have no new great features to talk about, in fact Caludio and I manly focused on bugfixing and testing. We have spent time also discussing about possible changes and improvements to the current OCS protocol. So is the client ready do be lunched? In short I would say that no, not yet.. although most of its features are implemented and it is usable, it is still an “under construction” project, we both still have to make some important decisions to make it usable to everyone.
  • The Fiber Engine Poll, Updates, and Breeze
  • Bringing Akonadi Next up to speed
    and refactoring it again, to make sure the codebase remains as clean as possible. The result of that is that an implementation of a simple resource only takes a couple of template instantiations, apart from code that interacts with the datasource (e.g. your IMAP Server) which I obviously can’t do for the resource.
  • New linter integration plugins for KDevelop
  • Artikulate Plans for Randa
    Language learning is often considered as the task of memorizing new vocabulary and understanding the new grammar rules. Yet for most, the most challenging part is to actually get used to speak the new language. This is a problem that Artikulate approaches with a simple idea: to learn the correct pronunciation of a word or even a longer phrase, the learner listens to a native speaker recording, repeats and recordings it, and finally compares both recordings to improve herself/himself with the next try.

Tails 1.5.1 is out

Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.5.1, is out. This is an emergency release, triggered by an unscheduled Firefox release meant to fix critical security issues. Read more