Every distribution is different, hence the hundreds of various distributions available out there. To get a grasp of this concept, visit DistroWatch and have a look through their distro listings. The numbers are staggering. Currently, Mandriva is sitting at the number two spot... second only to Ubuntu Linux. It didn't just arrive either. Since the beginning it's been regarded as one of the best desktop Linux distributions on the planet. In it's previous incarnation, Mandrake Linux, it hovered at the top of the charts ever since the morning Ladislav Bodnar woke up and said "I think we need a distro popularity chart on DistroWatch". It got there by providing it's customers with a consistent and distinguished look n' feel, plenty of applications, and was well known enough for everyone to get good support.
What's new in this release?
Installing and running Mandriva Linux
Configuration and support
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