Mandriva Linux 2009 Beta 1
Newer distros mean newer kernels, which give better support for new hardware and newer distros have newer packages - importantly, game packages. Hot off the press, I downloaded the KD4 combo live/install CD for x86-32.
This is the first of two planned betas before the two release candidates (how you can have two release candidates is beyond me – having three betas and one release candidate makes more sense) with the final public release date being the 9th of October 2008. This is some time away so rather than wait to see if this will be any good as a gaming distro, I'm jumping in now to try it out.
Booting up I was presented with the single option of booting Mandriva Linux 2009. After carefully choosing the system started to do the usual loading until I had to choose a language.