Mandriva 2010 - I mean ... Wow!

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Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere is a happy time. Lots of fresh Linux distribution releases coming out, all ready for plucking and testing. Mandriva 2010 is one of those. Debuting two weeks ago, it has drawn many, mainly positive reviews, sparking intrigue and a desire to take it for a spin. The previous version, Mandriva 2009 was a decent distro, with some small issues here and there; overall it behaved nicely and gave the average desktop user a solid, unique package. So the big question for me is, what does Mandriva 2010 bring to the table?

The competition is tough, mind. Featuring the latest and greatest KDE4 bells and whistles,Kubuntu Karmic and openSUSE 11.2 delivered remarkable results, which won't be very easy to up. Never a man to say no to a woman or a Linux distro, I've downloaded Mandriva 2010 and started exploring.

Live CD experience

The boot is conventional, followed by a single splash screen. Lovely and stylish.

In the typical Mandriva tradition, you will have to setup your language and regional settings before reaching the desktop. This makes the boot longer and more complicated compared to most distros.

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