A problem with the ROSA Panel that I almost missed shows up in the KDE Plasma Netbook interface. The panel follows you there. That makes it two problems with the ROSA Launcher and one with the ROSA Panel.
If you did not like the ROSA Launcher at first sight, the TimeFrame feature is a compelling reason reconsider. This screenshot does not show very much, but by the time the final version is released, I will have more to showcase the benefits of TimeFrame.
I’ll use the next three screenshots to show most of the applications installed by default. This shows the Internet applications. Firefox 5 is the default Web browser installed, with Konqueror, the native KDE Web and file browser, as the alternate.
The installed multimedia applications and some of the graphical system administrative tools. Usually, distributions ship with the HP Device Manager, but Mandriva Desktop 2011 RC 2 comes with equivalent applications for Epson and Lexmark printers. First time I have seen Epson and Lexmark tools on a Linux distribution. Very nice.
Improver is a system testing tool for the Mandriva desktop. It automatically collects most data needed to run a system test. Using Improver requires registration. Easy and hassle free. Just type in your name and email and a comment, click Next, and you are on your way.
Improver has four different test plans.
For the standard test I completed, there were 42 questions to answer.
Most of the questions are pretty easy. A first time user will have no problem providing the required answers.
There are questions that require using the command line to provide some input, but those are very few, just two or three.
The end. Before Mandriva Desktop 2011 is released in August, expect at least three more articles dealing with dual-booting and installation on new file systems in the Linux kernel.