Is there only one choice for the Linux newcomer?

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Meet Mandriva 2009 (One), a distro which states a similar level of “out of the box” compatibility as Ubuntu, but does it deliver?

Whilst Ubuntu is a great distro offering “out of the box” support, there is so much more to Linux and Linux != Ubuntu! With that in mind Ive picked a distro which Ive dabbled with on occasion in the past, but since Heron 8.04 went on by second rig and Gentoo remains my distro of choice, I’d neglected the distro for a while. I think (if i’m honest) theres are reason for this.

Packages

OpenOffice 3.0.1 is the order of the day, which needs no explanation, and all your favorites can be found here such as Gimp, FireFox 3.08 and probably a whole host of packages you will neither have heard of or use (see further on this matter in conclusions)

The Mandriva package manager (Rpmdrake) is so similar to Ubuntu’s package manager, I cannot see any advantages or disadvantages. Anyone who tries to tell you Windows software installation is easier than Linux, need look no further than the package repro’s of Ubuntu & Mandriva (to name a few) to see the advantages. No IRC client though? (more about this in conclusions)

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