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Mandriva One 2008.0 Review

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

This installation of Mandriva 2008 only took about 20 Minutes. I installed the KDE Live CD onto my laptop harddrive.

Mandriva has its ups and downs though this is the first distro that I have used in the last few weeks that will actually configure your wireless and nvidia graphics card for you, and the graphics card runs xgl. Compiz Fusion was already enabled (which i like), I only had to configure the wireless to work which had only taken less than 2 minutes.

I like how this distro was able to download in less then 2 hours on bit torrent which was ok while downloading at 150Kb/s. I also downloaded the gnome Live CD which you can install via running the live CD while playing with it. The Gnome Live CD was downloading at only 20Kb/s at the most during the download and probably started seeding at around 2 AM.

The interface was easy to use and change. I am using KDE 3.5.7 which is a nice change from Gnome (I am only trying this out for a little while.) I would recommend Mandriva to anyone that likes a French Distro that really almost works out of the box.

The only problem that I had with the installation was when halfway through the setup it changed to Spanish? hmmm, I say that I can only understand English, really I cannot believe that the installer has that bug.

Well over all I will pronounce this distro one of the most useful of all the distributions that I have tried. Overall a 9/10!

Ryan Orser

next for review is g-os (otherwise known as green-os)

2007/07/26 Slashdot: Dell is asking for Better ATI drivers on Linux!

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Now here is a story with a better voice for the greater good of Linux:

Open Source IT writes “According to a presentation at Ubuntu Live 2007, Dell is working on getting better ATI drivers for Linux for use in its Linux offerings. While it is not known whether the end product will end up as open source, with big businesses like Google and Dell now behind the push for better Linux graphics drivers, hopefully ATI will make the smart business decision and give customers what they want.”

 From the original story:


¬†Dell knows it won’t happen overnight, but along side wanting to ship audio/video codecs, Intel Wireless 80.211N support for Linux, Broadcom Wireless for Linux, and being able to ship notebooks and desktops with Compiz Fusion enabled, Dell would like to see improved ATI Linux drivers. At Ubuntu Live 2007, Amit Bhutani had a session on Ubuntu Linux for Dell Consumer Systems, where he had shared a slide with Dell’s “area of investigation”, which Amit had said is essentially their Linux road-map. Amit had also stated that the NVIDIA 2D and 3D video drivers were “challenges in platform enablement”. Dell wants to offer ATI Linux systems, but first the driver must be improved for the Linux platform (not necessarily open-source, but improved). Dell currently ships desktop Linux systems with Intel using their open-source drivers as well as NVIDIA graphics processors under Linux. Amit had went on to add that new Dell product offerings and availability in other countries will come later this summer.

This is a great sign! I hope this works out for Linux and for Dell.