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Mandriva 2009.1 RC1 Screenshot Tour

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news.softpedia.com: On March 10th, Mandriva announced the immediate availability of Mandriva Linux 2009.1 RC1. Though a bit late, we thought it would be nice to please some of our readers and offer them a visual tour of this first release candidate.

Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring RC1 ready for tests

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blog.mandriva.com: The RC1 release of Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring (code name pomerol) is now available. This RC1 version provides some updates on major desktop components of the distribution, including KDE 4.2.1, GNOME 2.25.92, Xfce 4.6, X.org server 1.6, OpenOffice.Org 3.0.1, qt 4.5.0.

Mandriva 2009.0: Much improved since last year

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izanbardprince.wordpress: After having gone over 2009.0, both Free (on my desktop) and One (on my laptop), I feel that Mandriva 2009 is much improved, I’ll go over some talking points here.

Mandriva 2009 - Quite all right, but could be better

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dedoimedo.com: Mandriva is another friendly, popular distro that you should take into consideration when thinking about using or trying Linux. Like its counterparts, it aims to deliver a complete experience to the user.

Mandriva : Tracking Mandriva features and specs progress

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linux-wizard.net: Today I take a look at 2009 Spring specifications implementation progress report and it was .. clearly outdated. If you read it you may feel very bad for the quality of the upcoming 2009.1 Spring release as we are only 2 month away from its release.

Booting With Mandriva's Speedboot

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phoronix.com: Being worked on as part of Mandriva's next Linux distribution update is a technology they are referring to as Speedboot. In essence, the user is logging into their Linux desktop even before the system is fully booted. We have some timed results of Mandriva's Speedboot along with videos showing the differences.

Speedboot explained

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crozat.net: For those of you not following Mandriva Linux development closely, we just released Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring Beta and this is our first release featuring speedboot feature, in its initial phase.

Updated system to 2009.1 beta/Cooker

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artipc10.vub.ac.be: Yesterday, I updated my system at home from Mandriva 2009.0 (with lots of personal backports, such as GNOME 2.24.3) to Mandriva Cooker, which rougly corresponds to beta 1 now.

Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring beta is available

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blog.mandriva.com: The beta release of Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring (code name Margaux) is now available. This Beta version proposes step 1 of Speedboot. This should improve your boot time.

Mandriva Linux: What Windows should be

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blog.stablephp: For the last 15 or more years I have been waiting for Linux to be as user frienly as Windows. Now, I am finally satisfied.

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