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What's Coming in Mandriva 2011
by Susan Linton - Nov. 26, 2010Comments (7)
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After the wonderful news that Mandriva would be continuing as usual despite financial difficulties and an exodus of developers comes the technical specifications and other tidbits for Mandriva 2011. There are quite a few exciting changes ahead, many of which prove that Mandriva is still a cutting edge distribution.With 2011, Mandriva will be switching to RPM5. This news was announced by Per Øyvind Karlsen last week and is the first item in the list. RPM5 is actually a fork of RPM with the main goals of supporting XAR, an XML based archiving format, and featuring an integrated dependency resolver. This move has been in the works for quite some time but Mandriva 2011 will be the first release fully committed. Per Øyvind Karlsen said RPM5, "is the only sensible choice." Relatedly, their software center is scheduled a face-lift for a "more modern and simple to use interface."Mandriva 2011 will be using the Galbraith Latency patch whether the kernel that will be used has it or not - meaning they will backport it if necessary. This latency patch, first brought to wide attention by Phoronix.com, is said to help speed up desktop processes especially in the areas of graphic and video rendering.It is listed that Mandriva would be adopting systemd for the boot process. Several other distributions started out trying to move to systemd, but so far, they have changed their minds due to difficulties associated with such a major subsystem replacement. But Mandriva is going to give it the ole college try for 2011. The advantages of systemd are faster boots for some setups because of parallel, early background, and dependency booting of processes. Like several other distributions have done, most of Mandriva's configuration tools will be integrated into the KDE Control Center (System Settings) in 2011.All the logins and desktops are getting new a new look and improved resource consumption. No further details on any of these items are given at this time, but it's always exciting to see what the new releases will look like.The installer is supposed to be simplified in order to be more new user-friendly. Desktop selection and installation summary steps will be removed, meaning those will personal preferences or cranky hardware will have to wait until after the install. During this cycle, Cooker will no longer be frozen before release and instead continue to be developed in parallel. The release code will be branched off and Cooker will proceed as a rolling release.Finally, something originally asked for over three years ago is finally being implemented. A new user Welcome application will be added in order to help new and migrating users to acclimate to Mandriva. Again, no further details what will exactly be included, but one can speculate it will give links to online resources such as forums and documentation; perhaps a tour of the desktop, menu, and applications; and maybe offer to install popular applications, codecs, and drivers. And unfortunately, there are still no plans posted about a 64-bit One release. One has the advantage of being shipped with proprietary codecs and drivers that aren't available in the other versions, so a 64-bit version would be extremely handy. Of course, there are lots of other highly technical deep code improvements ahead as well. But just looking at the items that users will notice easily, Mandriva 2011 certainly sounds very exciting. A release candidate is scheduled for April 25 and final is planned for May 30.
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by LinuxLover on Nov. 27, 2010I, for one, do not look forward to Mandriva Control Center being integrated into KDE Control Center. Just my personal opinion, but I like my system-wide settings in one app, and user-wide settings in another. I know KDE has some system-wide settings in it's control center, but as is, it works just fine. Every distro I've ever tried that integrated tools into the KDE Control Center did a poor job. Maybe Mandriva can do much better? I hope. Maybe, if they are successful, other distros will give up on the crude tools they provide and just use Mandriva's wonderful tools... We can hope, can't we? Can you imagine Ubuntu with Mandy tools? Fedora with Mandy tools?
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by Logan on Nov. 28, 2010DO NOT INTEGRATE THE CONTROL PANEL !!!!
That is a horrible idea. Mandriva's Control center is it's shining star. One of the main reasons I use Mandriva is because of their control panel.
We don't want all the REAL USEFUL Mandriva tools mixed up and lost inside of the mess of KDE setting. This is a bad idea. There is no real reason to do this.
And simplifying the installer. Great, now I'm going to have to jump through annoying hoops and hunt for advanced settings to get the system installed like I need it. That's all we need is Mandriva to be as annoying to install as bumtu's are.
Dammit, why do people mess with the parts of distro's that aren't broken.
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by Jakprince Smith on Dec. 08, 2010I am experimenting with Mandriva One 2008. I am wanting to change my screen resolution to 1024x1028 but I dont see any obvious way of doing this. Does anyone know ?
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by Kranich on Jan. 04, 2011yes,
DO NOT INTEGRATE THE CONTROL PANEL !!!!
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by an anonymous user on Feb. 07, 2011Desktop selection and installation summary steps will be removed.
This is not a good idea. Installing lots of packages the will just need to be removed.
I for one don't install a desktop on 75% of the machines I run.
I want to use Mandriva but also want the smallest install possible.
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by an anonymous user on Feb. 08, 2011Desktop selection and installation summary steps will be removed.
This is not a good idea. Installing lots of packages the will just need to be removed.
I for one don't install a desktop on 75% of the machines I run.
I want to use Mandriva but also want the smallest install possible.
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by Mohamed Malik on Feb. 09, 2011the reason why i use mandriva is that i love KDE and there implementation of KDE is the best out there..... i love the simple design of there theme ia ora..... which i really love. what ever they do for 2010 please dont overhaul the ia ora theme.........its so neat and easy on the eyes.
Another reason is the control center... please dont mix it with KDE's control center...
Using 2010.2 at the moment... looking forward for 2011...
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