Mandriva Linux 2008 — the worst/best release

[ Wednesday, 14 November 2007, paulina ]

Each new release of Mandriva is called by its developers “the best of all editions”. We had the same situation with Mandriva Linux 2008. But is this really true? Hardly so.

Dragonia Magazine

Author: Paulina Budzoń

Mandriva is well known for its simplicity, ease of use, responsiveness and stability. The 2008 edition was adverized as having all those features and more. A little delay with the release was explained by the need to “polish” the system and correct the bugs that appeared in the last moment. So consequently we all waited for the real revolutionary system, which would show what Linux really can do. And what did we get?

The installer

Let me start from the beginning, namely the system installation. Here Mandriva can be proud of itself. After running the installer we are welcomed by a new wallpaper — a blue background with two DNA-like strings. The idea is to stress connections with the community. One should admit that this looks more professional than the one from Spring edition.

As usual the installer is very simple and fast. In the 2008 edition we have fewer installation steps and the known bugs are fixed. For example the list of chosen packages is saved, so we can get back and customize it any time. In previous versions we had to select the packages all over again in such a situation. During the installation process (i.e. while copying the files) there are no commercials. There are 6 pictures displayed instead, and all of them contain useful information about the operating system. One of them states that Mandriva Linux is “Windows Friendly” and presents a new tool developed to migrate from Windows. One may easily spot a different way of adding users to the system. Now, during the standard installation process we have to give a root password and create only one user account. More user accounts can be added during the installation’s summary.

New features

And what about the first run? New kernel (, new KDE (3.5.7 and 4.0 unstable), new GNOME (2.20), XFCE, CompizFusion and new versions of most of the packages. So far, we can expect all the best. New kernel works very well, so does KDE 4.0, and we can see positive changes in GNOME. But all those changes are not due to Mandriva.

How does it look when we look closer at changes in the system itself?

Among the main features Mandriva describes is better hardware support. As for my hardware, I never had any problems with it. Recently I’ve bought a new HP CD writer. Spring had no problems with it. Unfortunately, after installing the 2008 edition the system liked my old CD writer better than the new HP one (and managed to detect the new one only from time to time). What’s more, when I’ve unplugged the old CD writer the system refused to boot… So the 2008 edition supports my hardware worse than 2007.1 Spring did. The one positive change here is that the new system has drivers especially for my printer’s model. In the Spring edition I had to use the general ones. Honestly speaking the only change is that now when I turn off the printer, the system works properly — before it liked to crash in such case. But I do not turn it off often anyway, so this is not a real difference for me…

Visible changes have been made in the Control Centre. Categories are regrouped and the options order is changed. A tool named transfugdrake for migrating documents and settings from Microsoft Windows to Mandriva Linux has been introduced. As for my personal feelings, I think that at first glance MCC looks much better. But as we take a closer look it appears that the only real change is that most of the network options are now grouped in the “Network Centre”. It is nice-looking but nothing more. Not a single option was added to really improve the system, like for example the possibility of defining the Samba work-group, which still needs to be done by editing the smb.conf file.

Changes in Mandriva Control Centre

As for Samba itself, it simply does not work properly. My home LAN is rather typical. In the Spring edition configuring Samba was quite simple (installation of samba-server and changing the work-group name did the trick). In 2008′s case it is not so simple. Samba does not work properly — computers can be viewed but you can localize them only by IP addresses. It does not encourage migration from Windows, really…

We don’t have a lot of changes in KDE (3.5.7 was present in the Spring edition, too), but now you can test the 4.0 version. In the 2008 edition a few graphical environments were added (including XFCE). As for CompizFusion (fancy 3D effects), it works well, but there are functions which cause some troubles. I must admit at this point that developers did a really good job, because the water effect works without problems now (in the Spring edition it resulted in monitor blinking).

KDE with a new wallpaper and Compiz Fusion

But all this is not as convincing for me. I use neither KDE nor Compiz. My favoured duo is GNOME with Metisse, so I’ll describe my impression about it.

GNOME 2.20 is really more polished than the previous version present in 2007.1. The first problem, however, appeared when I started up Metisse. All fonts went to “extremely small” mode. Modifying configuration in GConf and KControl did not help. Only some of them became bigger — the rest were still tiny. It is not the resolution or a monitor problem, since after turning off Metisse all goes back to normal. There were no such problems in the Spring edition.

Another change is a new menu layout. It is hard to say if it is the result of intentional work or just an accident. Roughly speaking a menu looks like it suffered a serious attack from a hurricane. We all liked the old menu categories. Here (except for the main ones like “Network”, “Office” and “Graphics”) there’s no logic at all. Some alternate positions are available from the main categories and other positions are put in a sub-menu named “More”. Searching for web browser took me about 5 minutes. The standard layout was preserved only in the “Games” section. Huh, at least our access to fun is not disturbed!

I noticed the next change after a week of using the 2008 edition. When I wanted to watch a movie, Kaffeine had some problems with xine engine and could not play it. Mplayer could not open the subtitles and Kmplayer just… blinked instead of playing the movie. The only player that could play the movie properly with subtitles was Totem, but it has serious problems with full-screen mode. It probably has something to do with Metisse. I finally watched the movie after a half an hour fight with all those multimedia apps. It is a rather dissapointing problem for a system that should open all well known file formats and is supposed ti be newbie-friendly.

Poor Bluetooth support in Linux is a well known problem (especially remembering the issues with Kbluetooth in Mandriva 2007). Theoretically, this problem is gone in the 2008 version, but I shall stress the word “theoretically”. 2008 could not connect with my phone at all! Is it the case that fixing one bug gives birth to another one?

After all this, is Mandriva Linux 2008 “the best of all editions”? In my opinion, it is not, of course. I don’t know what the developers did in this spare week, but I don’t even like to think about the system they had before. I must also admit that all those problems do not change my attitude towards Mandriva. I won’t quit using this distribution for sure. I still use the 2008 edition and the only thing I can do are regular visits to Bugzilla, where I report all my problems. If those problems are solved, Mandriva 2008 will be a really cool system. And then I could perhaps call it “the best one”, but only then.

This text is based on the article published in Dragonia Magazine, a Polish online magazine about Free and Open-Source Software. You can download the latest Dragonia issue (first one in English from our mirror). The article has been slightly modified compared with the original version by the PolishLinux team.

Translated by p_lupkowski, Proof-read by Jake Conley

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fold this thread glyj  Thursday, 15 November 2007 o godz. 10:33 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +2

Thank you. The article is very intersting.
Though, I noticed a small mistake about a missing feature in the control center (samba)
In fact, once you’ve installed the draktools and drakwizards packages, you have new entries in the mcc, and one for samba (It’s not new, already available in 2007 spring )


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fold this thread pigulici  Thursday, 15 November 2007 o godz. 12:02 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

hmm…for me Mandy 2008 work better than 2007.1, I prefer KDE, with 2008 I finaly use my lcd wide monitor with my ati/amd video card; 2008 is more fast than 2007.1, of course my tvtunner still not work corectly (in fact only with Mandy 2006 work corectly), anyway I don’t expect that the producer “reinvent the wheel”, just improved, and it’s free, so I take it how it is…for me it just the best linux distribuition

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fold this thread Orts  Thursday, 15 November 2007 o godz. 12:51 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  --1

I don’t recognise, any one of your problems at all. Except mayby bluetooth, I dont use it at all.

Are you sure yout CD/DVD are burned properly? Or did you burn it with a lighter?

I have been using Mandriva/Mandrake the last 3 years, and it just keeps being better and better, for every time a version are released.

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fold this thread Sandaili  Saturday, 5 January 2008 o godz. 10:45 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Damn, you’re pretty mean. If you really used linux like this guy, then maybe you’d realize that everyone gets different results from the same distro because of different hardware.

Get a life!!!! Your computer is not the same as his, just because he has different issues you have never had doesn’t mean he’s doing anything wrong. Again, damn!

fold this thread neighborlee  Sunday, 17 February 2008 o godz. 5:47 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

he was not mean, he simply stated the facts as he saw them due to not having any problems. THe author gives no information as to ‘why’ his writer did not work which he should have no does he say if he tried to resolve it on the forums or IRC. Its you that has your reaction in hyper drive, come back to sublight speeed and chill a bit you might live longer ;)


fold this thread jdbj  Thursday, 15 November 2007 o godz. 3:17 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +2

I have Mandriva 2008 One installed on a laptop using VMWare Server and Mandriva 2008 Free installed on my desktop, KDE for both. I have not had any issues with either one. 2008 is the first Mandriva iteration that I have tried, I have also used all of the other top distros. Quite frankly I am very impressed with Mandriva. Installed with no problems, recognized and configured all of my hardware. Desktop and fonts are clean and crisp, nice menu layout. The ‘Configure My Computer’ gives a nice graphical front-end to set up your computer. Updating the software works as advertised. I am quite happy with Mandriva and plan on using it for many months to come. Sometimes you can’t really judge a distro until you have used it for awhile.

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fold this thread tonhou  Thursday, 15 November 2007 o godz. 8:33 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

I concur with commenters above. 2008 is much superior in every area for me. Laptop support is vastly improved (shutdown problems with Spring), more wireless support and smoother than other distros. Also looks very nice. I have installed on several laptops and desktops and hardware detection is very good on all.

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fold this thread Tim  Thursday, 15 November 2007 o godz. 10:37 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

The menu layout can easily be changed back to the standard GNOME or KDE menu.

mcc->System->Menu Style

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fold this thread Nick  Thursday, 15 November 2007 o godz. 11:30 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

I have just installed mandriva One 2008 a week ago and I only have had one problem…the opening splash screen in kde just shows white around the people symbols….but other than that it’s all good. For some reason i have really good luck with all Linux distributions working correctly…Thank you generic hardware.

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fold this thread zenarcher  Friday, 16 November 2007 o godz. 4:53 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

I have to agree with the majority of comments here. I hadn’t used Mandriva for about two years and decided to give Mandriva 2008 a try. What an improvement from two years ago! I’ve installed it on three of my desktop systems, replacing SUSE 10.3 and Fedora 8. Also, replaced it on my HP laptop computer. Not a single issue with any of them , using KDE and Compiz-Fusion. Everything is great.

Here’s one additional plus for Mandriva 2008. I installed it on the HP notebook….followed the instructions to download the Broadcom wireless driver for Windows…and within 30 seconds, it was configured and working properly! I’ve never spent less that two days with any other distro to get the Broadcom wireless working right.

I’m staying with Mandriva!

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fold this thread Al  Friday, 16 November 2007 o godz. 9:46 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

Very good. I have downloaded Mandr. free 2008 5 times, checked md5, burned on CD using Nero. Still instalation doesn’t start. Only the start screen and then: fopen (stage1.c:340) failed, Nosuch file or directory and so on.
So for now I’ll stick to Windows….

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fold this thread neighborlee  Sunday, 17 February 2008 o godz. 5:50 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Are you using RW media , if so try -R instead , they are alot more reliable typically.


fold this thread flavius  Friday, 16 November 2007 o godz. 11:48 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

My first Linux distro was Mandrake 10. It dissapointed me a little and I didn’t use it until now. But this days I decided to try Mandriva One and man, what can I say… it’s excellent. I think I’ll stick on this and forget about Ubuntu and openSuse, who both have issues on my hardware detection and network connection. I found all software I use and even more on Mandriva’s repositories, my networking just works, my hardware is well detected and configured so Mandriva is my choice.
I have to say it’s Mandriva One, who came with drivers and some codecs by default, so I don’t have to bother to search or configure anything. On Free version you don’t have codecs installed, so it’s normal to have problems with the video players.

Al, Mandriva Free 2008 have a DVD version and a 3 cd version (i think :D ). Are you sure you download all cd’s and you burn the no.1 cd?

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fold this thread Arun  Friday, 16 November 2007 o godz. 12:19 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Mandriva Rocks Man!!!!!

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fold this thread michuk  Friday, 16 November 2007 o godz. 2:28 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

The author of this article is a woman :)

fold this thread Sandaili  Saturday, 5 January 2008 o godz. 10:46 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

And you’re a dumbass :)

fold this thread neighborlee  Sunday, 17 February 2008 o godz. 5:55 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Gender is irrelevant and your choice to comment on it is odd but then you arent giving much info as to ‘why’ either. Your attitude therefore could be described as prehistoric. Without claification we presume your intent is hostole and that your ‘woman’ gets drug by her hair when you have certain ‘expectations’ ,- clearly since your view of women is of the form ‘inferior’ to men ? :0

What an attitude to have in this year 2008….did you just dethaw from arctic ice or something ? ;) )


fold this thread Martin  Friday, 16 November 2007 o godz. 1:36 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

I bought the Powerpack version, and I use it for 3 weeks, and I didn’t had any problems or bugs. I use KDE and I don’t like 3D bling bling, and I must admit that this is the best out-of-the-box distro I have used. I used openSUSE for about two years, it is more stable than Mandriva, but with Mandriva I feel like home :D

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fold this thread JAFO  Friday, 16 November 2007 o godz. 4:04 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

I have used Mandriva from Mandrake 8.0 to current 2008. Smooth install on Tobshiba laptop with BIOS date of 2002 and all other PCs I have. Tried most other distro bundled with Linux Pro Magazine cause you will never know which distro might be better but for me its Mandriva. It is great for the newbie and the experienced like myself.

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fold this thread zman  Friday, 16 November 2007 o godz. 4:59 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

I tried Mandriva first time about 2 years ago and at that time i was new to linux and some things ware just new and different from windows and some things were just too complicated. But i fell in love with Linux. I tried all the most popular distros I’ve used Sabayon Linux for few months good distro but still has some problems specially when you have to compile every package it runs into problems, and then i decided to give Mandriva 2008 a second chance and boy what a difference 2 years make. Best hardware detection everything worked just great. I removed windows from all of my PC’s and installed Mandriva 2008. Ubuntu and SUSE 10.* don’t even come close.

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fold this thread knoxie  Friday, 16 November 2007 o godz. 5:33 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

I really have loved Mandriva since it was mandrake, however 2 weeks ago I put PCLINUXOS (mandriva derivitive) on my son’s system and it worked so well that I moved all 7 of the systems in my house to it. It is Mandriva with out all the problems. I have the best of both worlds now.

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fold this thread corneliu  Friday, 16 November 2007 o godz. 7:29 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

To the author of this article:

I don’t like your tone. You tend to make unimportant issues look more important than they really are. And you try to look more important than you really are. Instead of focusing on a few details that didn’t work for you but work for everyone else, try to see the larger picture. You try to much to draw attention, to look spectacular. You are way too negative for an objective review.

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fold this thread paulina  Sunday, 18 November 2007 o godz. 12:44 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +1

Guys (and girls maybe) posting comments – I’m aware of the fact that some of the problems may be solved easily. I know there’s no problem to change menu layout or to install additional packages to have more options to configure samba.
But my point was to show, how stuff is made in the original system. For example, I wrote that I don’t like new style of menu, because – for me – it’s completely unuseful. I change it a few minutes after installing 2008. But I wrote about it, because it’s something that people will see when they’ll install 2008. Also, my samba was not working properly, and it wasn’t my fault, but the confgiuration file. I have it working now, but I had to made some changes myself in the config file – Mandriva says its system is easy to use, but for me making maunal changes in config file doesn’t make the system easy to use.

I have some hardware issues (with my DVD-ROM), that I reported and they’re now considered by Mandriva Team as something that happens and will be solved (it’s not only my problem, and it’s seems like kernel has something to do with that).

This whole article is my subjective opition about Mandriva 2008. I critisied it, but -honestly- I’m still using it and it’s still the first and only system I turn on everyday in the morning. Because I still love Mandriva :) For me 2008 may not be THE BEST Mandriva release ever, but it’s ok and I can live with those problems. I use Mandriva for 3 years and I’ve seen worse things happened :) That’s why I wrote the last paragraph.

corneliu – For me Mandriva was always a distro that is the best and have no issues with my hardware. You said that I make small problems bigger. Well, honestly, those small problems are the ones that are the most annoying. So I wrote about them. Those small things are really important to me. In – for example – Spring I had NO problem with configuring Samba. And then I installs 2008 and my sister is screaming at me that she can’t print on my printer! Well, I configured samba the same way I did it in Spring (and former releases) and I have such probles for the first time. It can be a bit disappointing. Especially, after everyting that Mandriva said about 2008 being the best release. For me it’s not, so I wrote about it.
By the way, review is not an objective form of writing. Review is someone’s private opinion, so it means it have to be subjective.

Anyway, it’s kind of funny. When I wrote my review about 2007.1 Spring, where I considered it as the best Mandriva release I’ve ever had, everyone was saying that I’m too optimistic :) Well, now I’m not and everyone is saying that I’m too negative.

I’m sorry, but it’s what I think and I will not change my mind because someone doesn’t like it :)
However, I must stress that Mandriva is still my favourite distro :)

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fold this thread aRTee  Sunday, 18 November 2007 o godz. 11:59 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

I see your review is subjective, but you speak as if your experience is valid in a general sense.

Sort of like: you have a statistical outcome, but the sample quality is 1.

If you want to talk in the general sense in a review, make sure you do the installation on a myriad of hardware. I know, it’s a lot more work, but it allows you to make more general comments.
See also here (a bit older):

Also, your examples of things that don’t work well for you may be valid for just a very small minority, or they may apply to a large one, or even a majority – forums are the way to check on that, perhaps more so than bugzilla.

You don’t explain what exact hardware you have, nor which version you installed.

I don’t see why I got the regular menu on both 2008 installs I did though, whereas it seems you got the modern SUSE impractical one. There are some minor other things, … like bluetooth, which was supported on/by Linux first, and most bt devices just work (at least at the lower stack levels, where wifi fails most of the time).

So, Mandriva 2008.0 is not better than 2007.1 for you. So what does that mean for the rest of us, your readers?
This isn’t clear to me from your review.

One big gripe I have is this phrase:
I don’t know what the developers did in this spare week, but I don’t even like to think about the system they had before.
I’m not a developer, but I find that remark bad form. It’s condescending, ridiculing and plain impolite.

Ah well, my 2 zloties,
enjoy Linux!

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fold this thread jesphoto  Tuesday, 20 November 2007 o godz. 3:17 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

I read all the good reviews about mandriva 2008.I did downloaded,burned cd and try to install.I have 19HD LCD monitor and did not worked well.As a matter of fact – it did not worked at all.I try the F3 and different video settings – none worked for me.Frequency out of range.
I downloaded again, reburned and problem did not go away.
Out of 8 different distros – this one I can not test.
Posting in forum did not help.
So much for Mandriva 2008.Trash can all the cd`s.I like my monitor.
Today I am downloading PCBSD and see if I can make sound work.

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fold this thread Zbigniew  Thursday, 22 November 2007 o godz. 11:57 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

I have to be honest and say that I haven’t read all of the above threads, however, I have been working on getting Mandriva 2008 working as my third boot option (XP Vista). Success at last as well. There are many pitfalls and they have taken me a lot of blood sweat and tears to discover but at last I’m there. Yes sound was the biggest issue for me but I have at last found a solution. I do wish the guys would sort this one out so that it works as eaaasily as Mandy 2007 Spring. There are a lot of issues from first install that must be followed otherwise it’s a corrupt install and start again I’m afraid. I’ll post more if you want to know…..

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fold this thread Zbigniew  Friday, 23 November 2007 o godz. 12:59 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

I think you guys work for Microsoft or you have an ulterior motive – Compiz Fusion is just so impressive – for fun or for practical purposes – Four desktops accesible at the click of a mouse – it is just fantastic and free too!!!! Vista is rubbish it just has a hold on the software market – have you ever had to wait for it to boot up???? I’m kind of clinging to XP but I have my doubts. The future is with absolutely marvellous software such as Mandy coupled with Compiz fusion. If you can’t install it then you can’t read. Bye for now.

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fold this thread AJ  Sunday, 25 November 2007 o godz. 3:10 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Mandriva sucks since it changed from mandrake.

The best are PCLinuxOS and Linux Mint

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fold this thread manmath sahu  Wednesday, 28 November 2007 o godz. 4:21 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Hi please somebody help me.

I am using Mandriva 2008 One. During shutdown it shows up:

Mount proc already mounted
Unmounting proc file system: umount / proc: not mounted [FAILED]

After the above error message, it takes long to shutdown.

Please mail your suggestions to

Thanks in advance.

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fold this thread Omal Raj  Thursday, 29 November 2007 o godz. 1:16 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0


I had my kaffeine crashed under metisse , but worked fine when i switched to no 3d effects.

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fold this thread kcidlj  Friday, 30 November 2007 o godz. 1:48 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

have a compaq laptop w/AMD turion 64 processor/nvidia graphics
and braodcomm wireless. tried unbuntu it froze on install because unbuntu has an issue w the nvidia driver and suggested
using the unbuntu text version which i tried but couldnot get it to install either. Mandriva 2008 powerpack 64 version installed first time,and but just a few tweaks connects via the broadcom wireless card without using ndiswrapper. Tried both the KDE desktop and Gnome KDE has fewer bugs. only issue i’ve had is when my laptop goes to sleep i have to reconnect the wireless. PClinuxos 2007 altho a decent system is still a little buggy especially w the wireless, desktop apps run ok.
for my money Mandriva 2008 powerpack 64 is pretty damn good.

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fold this thread kcidlj  Friday, 30 November 2007 o godz. 1:50 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

oh i forgot to mention Mandriva is running on my system with a partioned hardrive which has microsuck vista as the other op sys.

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fold this thread Richard  Friday, 30 November 2007 o godz. 4:37 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

I would like to thank everyone for posting their experience. Both the author of the article and all those who do not have problems help us all make a decision.
It is good we can also read about things that do not work, this is almost as important as anything that shines like a diamond. The things that do not work make us aware of the problems.

Paulina, maybe you should have mentioned at the end that you did solve your problems – after all.

For me I am looking into an upgrade to Mandriva 2008, or even switch to another distro, because the person I want to help by installing Linux will start using Linux for the first time and as we know – the first impression is the most important one. That’s what the article is about – I guess. So the system must be stable. That is why I find the article very valuable. The fact is many things in my previous Mandriva’s would not work “out of the box”. So I tried Sabayon recently and they did. Now I have to make a serius decision, because I not only don’t want to waste my time tweaking my system again and again and again, which I have done in the past few months after using Mandriva 2006, upgrading to 2007.

What I have read on this web page looks quite promissing:
And that’s what counts. People at Mandriva ARE DOING a great job. I am sure they stumbled across this thread to read the comments and will make the right changes the next time.

We also must understand Mandriva does not produce all the software and I am sure it takes a great deal of effort to test all packages how they run all together. In many cases it is not possible to test everything. In the end user feedback is also important.

Good luck to Mandriva team,

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fold this thread Richard  Friday, 30 November 2007 o godz. 4:45 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

Re: Compiz and other 3D graphical fountains.
As for me, yes, I find them amusing, but also extremely funcional, all you have to do is learn how to use the key shortcuts and the mouse wheel:
- I can press Left Alt and grab my window at any place and no longer have to shoot at the top of the menu bar to do that
- having 3-4 desktops and my 4 applications spread across all of them – this looks pretty cool and is a very good function. I no longer have to minimize 3 windows to see the fourth, which is sometimes pretty annoying
- the Cntrl+TAB function has a new wheel invented.
- when two windows overlap I can make one window dim to see the contents of another one – my new message for example.

After all the 3D projects include user ideas on how to work with windows.


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fold this thread Richard  Friday, 30 November 2007 o godz. 4:51 pm #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

RE: Windows Vista.

I had to help two of my collegues to clean their computers from viruses, trojans, dialers. My collegues were angry, because their brand new Dual Pentium computer seemed to become so slow.
I had to teach them how to clean up their hard drive out of temporary files.
Teach them how to defragment their hard drives.
When I started running applications I noticed MS has added more security! Each program launch is preceeded by a question : “ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO RUN THIS PROGRAM? Some programs can be dangerous and they may contain viruses that may harm your computer!”
Further more I had to teach them how to install and use:
- a personal firewall
- anti-virus program
- a trojan, spyware remover
More and more….


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fold this thread Carol  Monday, 25 February 2008 o godz. 9:29 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

It would be VERY helpful to know what hardware the reviewer is running!!! Without this information, the information MAY be somewhat helpful, but not that much!

When people post, weather it works great or there are a few bugs, it is ONLY helpful if we know what hardware you are using! Without this info, all we know is that ther is some hardware config out there that MAY have some problems! I, for one, would like to know what hardware is having issues and what hardware is working great!

PLEASE include MB brand and model #, CPU, sounds, video and/or TV cards, printer(s), cameras(if applicable – as in one made for use only on Winblows), USB devices, paralell devices (again, manufacturer and model #!)

Thanks to all who put input here and elsewhere! It is VERY helpful to those of us looking to change or upgrade operating systems!

I’ll likely keep a Winblows partition, as I *do* have an awesome old digital camera that is perfect for web shots and a print/scan/FAX that I’m used to, although will be looking at what works with others on LINUX best before I shop, as I like the all-in-one as it saves space!!!

Thanks to everyone for their input! It’s helpful, although knowing what hardware you are running is crucial to understanding what exactly is not working!

Also, it’s good to know what manufacturers are making LINUX-friendly hardware and supporting them as well! :)


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fold this thread CJ  Monday, 14 April 2008 o godz. 1:37 am #  Add karma Subtract karma  +0

It’s obvious from reading the comments that a great deal of the rehetoric being spewed is by people that just want to stir up controversy. This review is about what the author experienced when she installed Mandriva. It is not meant to be the difinitive Mandriva review. All the mean spirited things being said back and forth aren’t useful in any way, shape or form. There’s an old saying; It’s better to be silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt! Remember that the next time you decide to criticize someone who is simply trying to share “their” experiences….

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” I don’t recognise, any one of your problems at all. Except mayby bluetooth, I dont use it at all.

Are you sure yout CD/DVD are burned properly? Or did you burn it with a lighter?”

That comment was uncalled for. Burned with a lighter?

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mandriva rocks with easy install and configuration for a desktop user

great stable and performance
compared with others

we love mandriva

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