Mandriva Linux 2009 was recently released to the public. Here we provide some titbits from Mandriva One, one of the free editions of Mandriva Linux 2009. The other editions are:Mandriva Free, and Mandriva Powerpack. Mandriva Powerpack is the commercial edition, available for purchase from the Mandriva website.
- The installer has been overhauled and is completely different from the previous installers. Even then, it’s not as good as the old (Mandrake 8.2) installer
- The installer does not support Linux logical volume manager (LVM). We think that LVM configuration is likely supported in the Powerpack edition, but until we can take that for a spin, we couldn’t say for certain. So if you are looking for a Linux distro that supports LVM, Mandriva (Linux 2009) One is not it
- The desktop is the K Desktop Environment 4.1 (KDE 4.1), and it looks very polished. If you are a KDE fan, you will not be disappointed.
- It ships with System Sweeper 1.1, an application which helps to remove unwanted traces a user leaves behind. This is the first Linux distro we have reviewed that has System Sweeper installed by default
- Like its Gnome equivalent, the Network Manager applet can now display wired and wireless NIC information, and has the option to manage VPN connections
- The Control Center is now even better than in the last stable edition. You can configure every aspect of the system without ever using the cli (command line)
- A gui firewall client is installed and configured to allow normal Internet traffic
We should be providing a much more detailed review of Mandriva (Linux 2009) One shortly.