Friday, January 23, 2009

Mandriva One 2009... You made me say "WOW"

Today I installed Mandriva One 2009, a distribution which comes with a Linux Kernel, GNU software and many other custom made and free software. I installed this as a virtual machine, to test it and to see how Mandriva Directory Server performs on her own man's lap. ;-). So I started to install the packages requred for it, and while they are downloading, I went an inside tour. I was amazed, and couldn't hold the "wow" came from my inside...

Mandriva One 2009 comes with a Linux 2.6.27 kernel and I installed the KDE version of it which runs KDE 4.1. There is Gnome version too. Even though I'm not a KDE fan, I wanted to see how is KDE doing it to satisfy me. I was pretty amazed, the start menu is well organized, not too many options, and looked neat. That's some thing I was looking forward to see from a KDE main menu.

There were some cool widgets Which are ready to use and I activated couple of them just to see. And the default wallpapers are very eye catching.
Mandriva One comes with OpenOffice 3.0.0, and it was loading faster than the 2.x versions. Then I quickly went through the applications installed. There is almost all the major apps you need to run a Desktop enviorenment, Internet, Multimedia, Software Installation, Systems Tools, etc. If you need further apps you can easily installed using various methods, rpm, GUI based, or urpmi, etc. And Compiz was packed with the OS, and have all the 3D desktop effects you nee.

This version of Mandriva One 2009, comes with good collection of apps for the desktop users and is in a single CD. You can download it from their official mirrors. The System Requirements need is (as in the web site)
  • Processor: Any Intel®, AMD or VIA processor
  • RAM: 512MB minimum, 1GB recommended
  • Hard disk: 2GB minimum, 6GB recommended
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA®, ATITM, Intel®, SiS, Matrox,VIA. 3D desktop functionality requires an NVIDIA GeForce (up to 8800), ATITM Radeon 7000 to HD 3870, or Intel® i845 to x4500HD
  • 3D acceleration is supported on most capable hardware. For more details, check the hardware compatibility database
  • Sound cards: All Sound Blaster, AC97 and HDA compatible cards are supported. Note: Creative Labs X-Fi cards are not currently supported
  • DVD drive required
  • SATA, IDE, SCSI, SAS: most controllers are supported in non-RAID mode, and some are supported in RAID mode
So for those who are willing to kick Windows Vista away and also for those who are interested in trying out KDE 4.1 without the messy look, I think Mandriva One 2009 is a good distro to try out. It comes as a live user version and can be installed and make secure as a regular GNU/Linux distribution.

Okay It's time for me to get back to the work I was doing... Got to start playing with the Directory Server of it...

Mandriva Team, Good Work fellas!!!


Unknown said...

i got to try this out. KDE seems to be getting better by the day.

Anonymous said...

One thing to note: the KDE 4 packages have been updated pretty actively since 2009 came out. So be sure to do all official updates after installing 2009, one of the results will be an improved KDE 4, with extra features and fewer bugs.

Unknown said...

thanks for the tip!

Dasunpriya Anuradha said...

Thanks all for your comments.

I second what you say mate, it is indeed important to run an upgrade after installing it.

Of course it's worth trying and playing around it for a while, and I think, it can be used as a default work platform too. Have to check the stability of the system for some time. If it's stable and fulfil all your needs of course "ONE" can be a default Desktop for any user.

@All readers,
As GNU/Linux comes with many flavours we are very lucky bunch of people. We can experience many variety of Desktop Environments, software for free as in freedom and of course many software at zero cost. So we all should thankful to the Hackers all around the world who made this horrible machines looks sexy and making our world beautiful. ;-)

Unknown said...

i have been a faithful ubuntu/gnome user for about 2/3 years now. i liked kde also but felt its not simple enough, for whatever reason. but still its a grate desktop env. so i got to try its new versions and keep in sync with its state.

and of course, we love you all, dear OSS contributors! :)

Unknown said...

i finally tried it out. kde 4.2... it was superb! i blogged about it...

geekaholic said...

Its wonderful to see Mandriva come back up. You could say Mandriva was my first favorite distro after the bitter taste of Redhat 6.x/7.x. The only reason I switched away from it to Debian was because at the time Debian was a challenge and Mandrake was too easy :)

I often feel the same with Ubuntu nowadays and has recently started flirting again with Gentoo ;)