For this review, however, I’m doing a two-for-one – revewing and comparing two very popular distros. For the reader, I think it makes it very easy (or easier) to evaluate distros.
Ubuntu and Mandriva are two of the most popular desktop Linux brands. Both are backed by commercial entities. Ubuntu by Canonical Ltd., and Mandriva by Mandriva. Both are free to download and use, and have a vibrant, online user community. Ubuntu is a GNOME-based distro, while Mandriva One has separate iso images for GNOME and KDE desktop environments. In order not to compare apples to oranges, this review features Ubuntu 9.10 Live CD and the GNOME edition of Mandriva One 2010.
Any review should always begin from the beginning – the installer, or the installation procedure. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do here.
So, let’s being – from the very beginning.
The Ubuntu 9.10 Live CD installer is supported on 32-bit and 64-bit platforms. The installation process is just a simple, six-step routine. No support for LVM, RAID, and disk encryption. By default, Ubuntu creates one main partition, using the ext4 file system. The installer gives you the option to boot into the Live environment, or to install it on your PC, bypassing the Live environment.
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