Category: mandriva

Mandriva 2012 Alpha released

Mandriva 2012 Alpha released

The first Alpha edition of Mandriva Desktop 2012 has been released. Behind schedule by almost two months, it is fittingly code-named Tenacious Underdog. The first Technical Preview, code-named Bernie Lomax, was released back in May, and the next pre-release version, which is due by early October, will likely be the first Beta. I do not even want to guess what […]

Mandriva 2012 technical preview

Mandriva 2012 technical preview

With the release of Mandriva 2012 technology preview last week, Mandriva SA has taken the first step towards publishing Mandriva 2012. The release announcement shows that the company will now support desktop environments other than the K Desktop Environment, which was the default and only desktop environment supported in Mandriva Desktop 2011. The installer in this technical preview gives you […]

It’s back to square one for Mandriva Linux

When the going gets though, as the saying goes, the tough gets going. That is usually a test of character. When it comes to software companies in a financial mess, that old adage can be paraphrased as: When the going gets tough, we dump our software on the (open source) community. It certainly was true of HP/Palm and their webOS […]

Mandriva Desktop 2011 review

Mandriva Desktop 2011 review

Mandriva 2011, code name Hydrogen, is the latest desktop edition of the popular Linux distribution. Released August 28, 2011, it marks a new direction in the development of Mandriva desktop distributions. Where there used to be three versions of previous editions (Mandriva One, Mandriva Free, and Mandriva Powerpack), the Release Notes say that only two versions (One and Free) are […]

How to customize Mandriva 2011

How to customize Mandriva 2011

Mandriva 2011, the latest desktop edition of the popular Linux distribution, was released yesterday. If you have just installed it, you would have noticed, if you mouseover the update manager icon, this message: “No medium found. You must add some media through ‘Software Media Manager’.” That is just telling you that the package (or update) manager is not pointing to […]

Guest account and user management on Mandriva 2011

Guest account and user management on Mandriva 2011

Creating and managing user accounts are very basic tasks that you would need to perform on any operating system. If you are new to Linux and to Mandriva, this article provides information on how to add a user account and enable the built-in guest account on Mandriva 2011, the soon-to-be released desktop edition of the popular Linux distribution. An installation […]

Mandriva 2011 installation and disk partitioning guide

Mandriva 2011 installation and disk partitioning guide

Mandriva 2011, the latest edition of the popular Linux distribution, is just three days from being officially released, but the daily builds are already available for download. This article, based on a last-freeze daily build, presents an installation and disk partitioning guide for those who are new to Linux and will be installing it for the first time. There is […]

Install Mandriva Desktop 2011 on a btrfs file system

Install Mandriva Desktop 2011 on a btrfs file system

Mandriva Desktop 2011 will be the next stable release of the popular desktop Linux distribution developed by Mandriva, a Linux software publisher based in France. Screenshots from the second release candidate are available here. Though the second release candidate still spots some bugs, the installer will not change when the stable edition is released on August 29, 2011. This article […]

Mandriva Desktop 2011 pre-release screenshot review

Mandriva Desktop 2011 pre-release screenshot review

The last of the pre-releases of Mandriva Desktop 2011, Mandriva Desktop 2011 RC 2, was made available for download yesterday, just one day behind schedule. It, of course, looks better, runs better, than the previous pre-release, which I previewed here. As the title suggests, this article is not a full review, but a screenshot tour of the major features of […]

Mandriva 2010 Spring review

Mandriva 2010 Spring review

Been awhile since Mandriva 2010 Spring was released. Considering the company’s financial woes, and the rumored takeover negotiations, we thought they might never release it, but they did. Mandriva Linux 2010, aka Mandriva Linux 2010.1, was made available for download on July 8, 2010. There are three versions: Mandriva One 2010 Spring – the free live CD edition that contains […]

Upgrading Mandriva Linux 2010 to Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring

Upgrading Mandriva Linux 2010 to Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring

Performing a distribution upgrade is one task I have never attempted on Mandriva Linux. And that is because Mandriva Linux 2010 is the first Mandriva version that I have used on any of my personal computer until the next update was released. So here was an opportunity to test how well the upgrade feature worked. For this article, I show […]

How to customize Mandriva’s updates notifier

How to customize Mandriva’s updates notifier

One of the most useful features of any operating system is an application or package update notifier, a simple utility which notifies you when there are package updates available for the system. Most Linux distributions have such a tool installed and running out of the box, and Mandriva is one of them. On Mandriva 2010 Spring, the latest release, the […]

How to configure encrypted LVM on Mandriva 2010 Spring

How to configure encrypted LVM on Mandriva 2010 Spring

Mandriva Linux is one of the distributions with built-in support for the Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) in the installer. As a disk partitioning and management system, LVM brings a level of flexibility to disk management in a manner that is not possible with the traditional disk management scheme. There is no downside to using it. So if your distribution […]

How to configure LVM on Mandriva One 2010

How to configure LVM on Mandriva One 2010

Mandriva One is one of three desktop Linux distributions published by Mandriva. It is a Live CD edition with the option to install to hard disk. Mandriva One 2010 is the first release of Mandriva One to have support for setting up LVM. LVM had only been possible in the Free and Powerpack editions. This tutorial offers a step by […]

Ubuntu 9.10 Live CD and Mandriva One 2010: Reviewed and Compared

Ubuntu 9.10 Live CD and Mandriva One 2010: Reviewed and Compared

I’m used to reviewing one distro at a time, and that has worked quite well. You could read a review and assuming it is well written and detailed, decide whether to download and install it on your PC. For this review, however, I’m doing a two-for-one – revewing and comparing two very popular distros. For the reader, I think it […]

Mandriva Linux One or Mandriva Linux Free

Mandriva Linux One or Mandriva Linux Free

Mandriva Linux One (One) and Mandriva Linux Free (Free) are two of the three Linux desktop editions published by Mandriva, a worldwide Linux provider. Whereas Free and One are free, the third one, Mandriva Linux Powerpack is a commercial edition, which you can purchase for 59 EUR or about 88.00 USD. Unless you are willing to pay for the Powerpack […]

Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2009: Gnome Desktop

Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2009: Gnome Desktop

Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2009 was first reviewed here on November 4, 2008. As with all the reviews we conduct, we based that review on a default configuration; what you get when you follow all the defualt options of the Mandriva installer.

Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2009 Review

Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2009 Review

Mandriva Linux Powerpack is one of three editions of the Linux desktop published by Mandriva, the French Linux software publisher. The others are Mandriva Linux One and Mandriva Linux Free, both of which are free to download and use. Mandriva Linux Powerpack is the commercial edition, and costs 49 EUR, or 62 USD. In this tutorial, we take a somewhat […]

Configure LVM in Mandriva Linux Free 2009

Configure LVM in Mandriva Linux Free 2009

Mandriva Free is one of the editions of desktop Linux distros published by Mandriva, the French Linux solutions provider. The others being Mandriva One and Mandriva Powerpack. In this tutorial, we are going to offer a step-by-step guide on how to configure Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) in Mandriva Linux Free 2009.

Mandriva Linux 2009 Firewall

Mandriva Linux 2009 Firewall

The Linux operating system has its own built-in, enterprise-grade firewall. However, not all Linux distributions ship with a graphical client fro configure and manage it. Mandriva (Linux 2009) One is one of a handful that ships with a fully configured graphical firewall client.