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Emtec Gdium Liberty 1000 now available for well under $300

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MDV The Emtec Gdium Liberty 1000 netbook is made from a different mold than most of the mini-laptops available today. It shuns the usual Intel Atom processor for a 900MHz Loongson CPU and it ships with a custom version of Mandriva Linux.

Mandriva Linux 2010 RC1 is now available for tests

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MDV Mandriva Linux 2010 RC1 version is now available on public mirrors. This RC1 version is a rather a bug fix version with some more major updates.

Mandriva 64bit Review

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MDV Mandriva 64 Linux Powerpack is one of four editions of the Linux desktop produced by Mandriva. Others are Mandriva Flash, Linux One and Mandriva Linux Free, both of which are free to download.. It also supports KDE 4.2, and GNOME 2.26. Mandriva Linux Powerpack is the commercial edition, and costs 49 EUR.

Fedora, Mandriva delivering Linux goods

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MDV Ubuntu Linux may get most of the attention but Mandriva and Fedora Linux are pushing the Linux desktop forward more than most.

Noteworthy Mandriva Cooker changes (10 August – 23 August)

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MDV Two weeks have passed, so it’s time for a Mandriva Cooker update again. There were lots of interesting changes in Cooker during this period:

Mandriva Linux 2010 beta version is available

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MDV Mandriva Linux 2010 Beta version is now available on public mirrors.

Boot splash evolution in Mandriva Linux

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MDV For some time, I've been working on adding Plymouth support for our next Mandriva Linux 2010 release, as graphical boot splash and I thought it could be interested to do a recap of the various solutions we used in our distribution over the years.

Showdown: Fedora 11 vs Mandriva 2009.1

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MDV After a couple of weeks of research I have finally narrowed down my choice to either Fedora 11 or Mandriva 2009.1 to use during the course of this experiment. The two distros are both very mature and feature rich which makes this choice extraordinarily difficult.

Noteworthy Mandriva Cooker changes (27 July – 9 August 2009)

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MDV There were a lots of package updates in Mandriva Cooker during the last two weeks, amongst others because of rebuilds of all Perl packages. Currently a complete rebuild of all packages in the Main repository is going on. Here’s a list of some more interesting changes:

Mandriva 2009.1 Review

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MDV Mandriva 2009.1 is overall an excellent transition from Windows to Linux, and comes with many great features for the tech-savvy user who wants an improved, sleek desktop look and feel as well as an abundance of programs to use.

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