Mandriva 2010 released


Clearly not ones to bother about such trifling matters as the year we're actually in, the Mandriva team has delivered a shiny new release. Codenamed "Adelie", Mandriva 2010 brings a bunch of improvements as detailed in the announcement. The new "Smart Desktop" technology lets you assign tags and notes to documents, images and other files, while boot times have been reduced and the latest desktop environments (KDE 4.3 and Gnome 2.28) are included. Read on for a summary of the changes.

  • Kernel 2.6.31
  • 7.4 with xorg-server 1.6.5
  • KDE 4.3.2
  • Gnome 2.28.1
  • Firefox 3.5.3
  • 3.1.1 (based on Go-OO branch)
  • Minimal install is 25% smaller
  • Installer has simplified disk parititioning
  • Guest account included
  • Tomoyo security framework replaces AppArmor
  • RPMDrake shows screenshots of apps
  • Kernel updates will remove very old kernels

Here's a thought: does it make sense for the Mandriva folks to release so quickly after Ubuntu? Much of the Linux community is still buzzing with the release of Karmic Koala, and perhaps Mandriva's message will get lost in all the noise. Or could the opposite be true - Ubuntu 9.10 has garnered a lot of attention for Linux from the mainstream computing press, so maybe Mandriva 2010 can share some of that limelight too? Let us know what you think.

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I was susprised to note that you thought it looked good. I thought the Gnome version looked like something left from the nineties - and the GDM&KDM themes even more so.

lets test

Gonna download lets check hows the improvement?

I install it yesterday and

I install it yesterday and it runs just fine, Ubuntu 9.10 have some bugs i don't like it...

In 5 days Fedora 12 with i686 arh comes out...

The upgrade works from 2009

I am writing this on a very old laptop, over six years old, that will probably be getting replaced soon. It can't boot from USB and the cd drive has pooped out on me. Before I went to bed I clicked on the upgrade option and when I came back in the morning I had 2010. I had to choose no ACPI from the kernel options to get it work, but other than that it works just fine now.

I am really excited about this new version of Mandriva and will be upgrading my powerpack install on my desktop soon. It could just be that I am a developer, but I think Mandriva is the best Distro out there.

I'm excited to try the new Mandriva Moblin!

The only issue with

The only issue with releasing close to Ubuntu is that Ubuntu gets media coverage and it can get lost (even on Linux based media). I have been a Mandriva user from mandrake 8.2 and have been fairly active helping others get the best out of it they can. While its not a perfect distro none of them are, their main issue is the lack of coverage it gets, they wont announce actual release until powerpack (their commercial version) is fully ready.

That's a pretty risky move,

That's a pretty risky move, Andrew Cole... Upgrading without having easy means to do a fresh reinstall if it fails. Good that the upgrade packed out well for you.

I guess upgrading in Linux HAS become a lot more stable over the past few years.

It was a huge risk to be sure

I'm going to pretend that it wasn't risky, but I'm glad it worked out in the end. This isn't my only computer, and if it had failed on me I was planning on replacing it soon anyways. I thought, what better time to see if it really does work, and I was surprised.

It didn't do it all in one go though, a couple days after the upgrade I had a huge update that installed and updated a lot of the user programs.


When can we expect a review? :3

Kubuntu 9.04 and 9.10 have both flopped, but Mandriva 2009 was the best KDE4 spin out there. I'm wondering how 2010 stacks up.

Mandriva 2010 Rocks!

I'm running the Powerpack edition of Mandriva 2010 and it rocks! The naysayers be damned!

hav`nt used mandriva 2010

hav`nt used mandriva 2010 yet, will be when I get it.

have used Ubuntu 9-10, and linux mint 7.0. Both are good
and both let me do what I want to do.

I have all three installed on different hard drives, so that I can choose


Love Mandriva 2010 with KDE

After having many problems with Ubuntu 9.10 I decided to try another Linux and as Mandriva just came out I installed it. I chose KDE desktop this time and I'm extremely impressed. Looks gorgeous and all works like a charm. the settings module in mandriva is also awesome. I thik this Mandriva with KDE is a keeper.

Showing screenshots of apps

Showing screenshots of apps in the installer is a great idea.

Much better than Karmic Koala

Karmic Koala is full of bugs, simply terrible. Should still be in Beta phase. Mandriva One 2010 is wonderful, works very well with all my hardware. I choose to try something different and went with KDE (been using Linux Mint mostly with Gnome) and its starting to really grow on me. I would recommend Mandriva over Ubuntu, and given all the bugs in 9.10...maybe even Mint 8 when it comes out.

Ubuntu 9.10 did not work for me

Mandriva 2010 Rocks! After fiddling around with Ubuntu 9.10 for days trying to get my sound to work, I gave up and went back to 9.04 on one partition and Mandriva 2010 on another. I've been a long time fan of Mandriva/Mandrake and this one is the best!

UBUNTU really is a hell of

UBUNTU really is a hell of bugs.I screw it
Mandriva was once upon a time the distro for newcomers now it takes a stronger grip!
For Linux!!!!

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