If there is indeed a desktop Linux market, Mandrake Linux was one of the founding fathers, and up until their recent purchase of Conectiva Linux (and subsequent name change to Mandriva), they've reigned right along side other big-name contenders such as Novell/SUSE, Red Hat, Linspire, and Xandros... and you know what? They've done damn well, even surviving near extinction at one point when they filed "declaration de cessation des paiements" which is the French equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the USA. How does the future of their desktop look? Stick around. We're about to find out.
Mandriva has changed more cosmetically in this version than Mandrakelinux has in the past several releases. While the Galaxy theme is still the default, there are new splash screens and graphical changes here and there that make you feel like you're using a different -- or at least newer -- distribution.
Mandriva, created in 1998, is a fast and stable binary based operating system. Their goal is to be the easiest to use distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system available. Mandriva 2005 is a milestone for MandrivaLinux as it's the first release under the new name. Featuring a 126.96.36.199 kernel, Firefox 1.0.2, The Gimp 2.2, GNOME 2.8.3, KDE 3.3, gcc 3.4.3, openoffice.org 1.1.4, Mandriva is striving to be the operating system of choice not only amongst Linux users, but computer users worldwide - both consumer and enterprise.
Warly has established the errata page for Mandriva 2005. The only entry at this point contains a boot problem for the Elite K7S5A Motherboard. You might want to bookmark this page if you plan on installing and running this newest release.
Here's one method for getting Mandriva 10.2, aka Mandriva 2005, before the public iso release in two weeks.
According to the twiki, the release schedule has been updated to April 14. Talk in the forum leads one to believe torrents will be available to club members first. The twiki lists Limited Edition becoming available for everyone on May 1. Powerpacks will include versions for both 32 and 64 bit arch.
UPDATE: ISO to club soon
10.2 tree currently being mirrored on the mirror reference machine.
Final UPDATE: It's been released to club members.
Details are sketchy at this time, however Mandriva is reportedly delayed due to some kernel issues. More on this as it develops.
"still planned for Tuesday, as per the wiki...however, warly might have done the final images by now, not sure..."
warly answers, "I will try to update [something], but the iso are mostly final now, I only need to fix that indexhtml package.
I hope to have the final ISO by tomorrow morning."
theinquirer says, "Male duck to Italian car you know it makes sense." lol... anyway, here's their blurb.
On the occasion of adopting its new name, the Mandriva Club is launching a contest to accelerate the spread and the recognition of the Mandriva brand name, by using it in as many places as possible.
After spending weeks balancing pros and cons, Mandrakesoft has decided to change its name!
And the winner is...
There's an interesting thread running on one of the mandrake mailing lists discussing the possibility of an upcoming name change since their buy out of Connectiva. Seems there may be some truth to the rumors as a whois it might prove.
Mandrake is apparently joining a consortium to help the advancement of what I think of as distributed computing to the point of and what they are terming clustering. Mandrake has a some previous experience in that arena so maybe they can prove to be an asset. Here's a more in depth article on the subject. They want to harness our cpu cycles, and it sounds like for commercial purposes. Show me the money then I say. Until then, I'm looking for aliens.