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Mandriva Linux 2010 Release Tour

Mandriva Linux 2010 is one of the most innovative and one step beyond releases ever of Mandriva Linux, the leader in innovative and easy-to-use desktop Linux.

It brings you KDE 4.3 as the default KDE desktop. This major new release of KDE further enhances the KDE desktop experience. Other major new software versions include GNOME 2.28, OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 and Mozilla Firefox 3.5. Mandriva 2010 is using the 2.6.31 Linux Kernel, with the usual assortment of patches by the excellent Mandriva Kernel Team to make sure it's tailored to the distro.

As always, Mandriva Linux 2010's hardware compatibility is second to none. As well as conventional systems, it boasts excellent support for a wide range of netbooks, including all currently available Asus Eee PC models, the Acer Aspire One, the MSI Wind, and others.

You can download the Mandriva Linux 2010 One Live CD or the Free DVD from here . You can also buy the boxed PowerPack edition or purchase the PowerPack subscription from the Mandriva Store.

New theme and artwork

Mandriva Linux 2010 is shipped with 4 distinctive new themes (or flavours): Free, One, Powerpack and Flash. Each theme will be installed based on the Mandriva edition you are installing, but if you want you can easily use the other themes by installing the corresponding mandriva-theme-<flavour_name> packages.

Under GNOME and KDE environment, the wallpaper will change depending on the hour of the day: if you look carefully you will notice that some subtle changes will occur as the daytime goes by.

Mandriva Linux 2010 screensaver will display a slideshow of different landscapes in the world: our planet is beautiful, please do as much as possible to protect it.

Bootsplash is now managed by Plymouth: it's much more customizable, allowing nice graphical effects during system boot. See a demo: Boot in video

Mandriva Linux 2010 is also the first version including photos from background contest. 11 photos from nearly 850 submitted. You can use it installing mandriva-theme-extra package.

Desktop environments

KDE 4.3

Mandriva Linux 2010 includes KDE 4.3.2 as its default KDE desktop. Several years in the making, KDE 4 is the most radical release yet of the leading Linux desktop environment. KDE 4.3.2 is an upgrade in stability and functionality over KDE 4.2. This release will add many new features to KDE 4, including some that were notably present in KDE 3 but lacking in KDE 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2, along with some brand new features. It should also provide a more stable desktop experience than KDE 4.2. Its new features are too numerous to explain in depth here, but some highlights include:

  • Data migration from KDE 3: data will be backed up and migrated to KDE 4 (user preferences, emails, ...)
  • Hourly background switch: a new plasma widget, plasma-wallpaper-timeoftheday, is now available to have hourly switch of backgrounds (in desktop configuration menu)
  • Nepomuk integration: Nepomuk technology has been further integrated. You will be able to organize your desktop depending on your projects, annotate documents, ... Complete information See a demo: Semantic Desktop
  • Laptop users will be pleased that they will be able to configure their touchpads again with KDE4's Systemsetting with the help of kcm_touchpad available in the /contrib repository
  • A new default theme, Air. Air looks much lighter and fits better with the default application theme. Plasma also has seen large performance improvements.
  • Activities can now be tied to virtual desktops, allowing users to have different widgets on each of their desktops.
  • The file manager Dolphin shows small previews of files within a folder and video thumbnails to help the user identify items.
  • New effects like 'Sheet' and "Slide Back" and better performance in KWin make window management more smooth, while integration with the Plasma themes creates a more consistent look.
  • The KDE Personal Information Management applications have seen improvements in various area's like performance and stability. Instant messenger Kopete introduces an improved contact list and KOrganizer can sync with Google Calendar.
  • Phonon (KDE's Multimedia Framework) is now integrated tightly with PulseAudio allowing full control over device order preferences from native KDE GUIs
  • Amarok 2.2 final release is shipped with Mandriva 2010.0: it has many bug fixes and some of the missing features of Amarok 1.4 now are back, most notable the ability to play audio CD's!
  • Kmymoney2: it has been removed as it's much too unstable for now. It has been replaced by skrooge. You can safely export your data from kmymoney and import it in Skrooge.
  • KOffice 2.0.82 is shipped with 2010.0.
  • Digikam finally reached 1.0 beta5 release for KDE4, including new first time assistant, a new batch queue manager and many other features.

You can find full information about KDE 4 on the KDE web site. See also KDE4 in video

GNOME 2.28

Mandriva is no less prompt in bringing you the latest and greatest releases from the other major free software desktop environment, GNOME. Mandriva Linux features the latest and greatest GNOME release, 2.28. Continuing the GNOME 2 tradition of releasing solid incremental updates on a regular schedule, the major improvements in GNOME 2.28 include:

  • a notable planned change will be improvements in GNOME Media with : Webcam support and Live streaming recording in sound-recorder or podcaster.
  • as a preview of GNOME 3.0, you can have a look on gnome-shell whose main goal is to redefine the user's interaction with his desktop. Install gnome-shell package. Use Alt+F2 to launch gnome-shell --replace for a running GNOME session. To remove gnome-shell effects, use again Alt+F2 and launch metacity --replace. gnome-shell status is still experimental. You may encounter problems with some chipsets.
  • Tomboy now can sync your notes with the Snowy web service
  • Pitivi video editor has been updated to version 0.13.3 which includes a complete core rewrite. Lots of interesting improvements for end users are in the pipeline for next versions.
  • Empathy is now installed by default instead of Pidgin. It supports Adium message style support, audio and video chats, desktop sharing support using the GNOME Remote Desktop Viewer, Geolocation support using Geoclue for XMPP contacts such as Jabber and Google Talk.
  • Improved Bluetooth support. GNOME Bluetooth supports hundreds of Bluetooth devices, including mice, keyboards and headsets. GNOME Bluetooth includes PulseAudio integration for Bluetooth headsets and headphones, and also support for Internet access through your mobile phone.
  • Improved Time Tracker applet, which helps you track your time and tasks.
  • The GNOME Web Browser, Epiphany, has switched to Webkit from Gecko for its rendering engine which brings performance enhancements.
  • Media Player Improvements with the ability to navigate DVD menus and resume playback from the last position. The YouTube plugin has also seen some speed improvements.
  • Evince document viewer now support the ability to edit and save text annotations.
  • GNOME Power Manager now has support for laptops with multiple batteries.

You can read more about the new features of GNOME 2.28 in the GNOME 2.28 Release Notes. See also GNOME in video

Moblin

A new environment is now included in Mandriva Linux and all integrated for 2010 release. Mandriva Linux is the first distribution to include full packaged Moblin environment.This environment has been designed for mobile desktop platforms. Netbooks are a given target but you can also use it when you want an ergonomic and simple environment for daily tasks. Install task-moblin package. Go back to connection manager and choose Moblin in sessions list. See also Moblin in video

Sugar Desktop

The innovative desktop designed for the OLPC project, Sugar, is also available in Mandriva. Just install the task-sugar meta package and the Sugar environment will be available in the session type list on the log in screen.

Updates and new applications

Mozilla Firefox 3.5

The default web browser in Mandriva Linux, Mozilla Firefox, has been updated to the latest 3.5 release series (3.5.3 at release time, but Firefox updates frequently and those updates will be made available as official updates throughout the life of Mandriva Linux 2010). Major new features in version 3.5 include :

  • improved performances.
  • HTML5 <video> and <audio> tags support including native support for Ogg Theora encoded video and Vorbis encoded audio.
  • Private Browsing Mode.
  • ability to share your location with websites using Location Aware Browsing.

You can read more about the features of Mozilla Firefox 3.5 at the official site.

OpenOffice.org 3.1.1

Mandriva Linux 2010 also brings a new release of the premier open source office suite, OpenOffice.org. Major features of OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 include:

  • Improved screen appearance with anti-aliasing in graphics and charts
  • Improved filters for Microsoft Office 2007
  • Improved file locking on network shares
  • Improvements to Comments
  • Further grammar checker integration. Grammer checking is available through the LanguageTool extension which is available in the Mandriva repositories.
  • Zoom support in OpenOffice.org Calc
  • Improved performances in Calc module

You can read more about the new features of OpenOffice.org 3.1 on the official site. The Mandriva build is based on the Go-OO project, which adds some improvements of its own. Some of the most popular OpenOffice.org extensions are packaged by default in Mandriva: Presenter, wiki publisher and PDF Import. See a demo: Boot in video

Moovida is your new multimedia center

Elisa Media Center has now been renamed to Moovida. It includes a brand new graphical user interface. More informations can be found in the official project page.

Other significant updates

Other significant new software versions in Mandriva Linux 2010 include:

  • VirtualBox, The x86 virtualization software, has been updated to the 3.0.8 version which provides many new features such as:
    • Guest SMP with up to 32 virtual CPUs (VT-x and AMD-V only)
    • Windows guests: ability to use Direct3D 8/9 applications / games (experimental)
    • Support for OpenGL 2.0 for Windows, Linux and Solaris guests
    • many stability fixes
  • Phoronix Test Suite, the most comprehensive testing and benchmarking platform available for the Linux operating system, is also available in Mandriva 2010. Benchmarking your Linux system couldn't be easier. Phoronix allows you to benchmark all your system components from the graphic stack to the filesystem. The latest version included in Mandriva 2010 provides an easy to use GUI to perform the different tests and benchmarks.
  • Wine 1.1.32 is shipped in Mandriva 2010. This release brings many bugfixes and improvements over the previous version shipped in Mandriva 2009 Spring, like better DirectX 10 support, performance improvements for DIB section, OpenAL support, many improvements in HTML and JavaScript support and improved Gecko integration by using Wine's network layers. Newer wine versions will be shipped regularly in the /main/backports media.
  • X.Org 7.4 with X.Org X Server 1.6.5 is used in Mandriva Linux 2010.0 along with new driver version for Intel graphic chipsets should improve performance and stability, thanks to DRI2 and the UXA architecture.
  • apache-2.2.14 with native SNI support.
  • php-5.3.1RC2 with many improvements, will be updated to 5.3.1 final when it's released.
  • mysql-5.1.40 with modular storage engines for the mysql-max version.

Improved boot performance

Mandriva 2010 boot performances have been improved based on the ongoing efforts started with the Mandriva 2009 Spring release. You will also find the system shuts down, hibernates, suspends, and resumes faster. On top of that, bootsplash is now managed by Plymouth with an improved boot theme artwork.

Netbook friendly

Back when Mandriva Linux 2008 was released, a certain small computer was causing a bit of a stir in the PC world - the original Asus Eee PC. We recognized it for the game-changer it was, and built 2008 Spring to be Eee-friendly - the first mainstream distribution to integrate polished support for the little, only in size, system. Now that the original Eee has given birth to a whole family of Eee models and inspired a host of netbooks from other manufacturers, Mandriva Linux 2010 is keeping pace.

2010 includes full hardware support for every currently available Eee model. All the Mandriva configuration tools have been tested and tweaked where appropriate to fit into the lower resolution screens common on netbooks, and we have also tweaked some third-party applications for this restraint. As mentioned earlier, we've included the lightweight LXDE desktop but also Moblin in the Mandriva Linux 2010 repositories with great care for netbook users.

The hybrid iso's and Mandriva Seed, the tool which can be used to easily copy the hybrid iso's to USB, make installation on these little machines a breeze. And going beyond the Eee, Mandriva Linux 2010 includes excellent out-of-the-box compatibility with other popular netbooks, such as the Acer Aspire One, MSI Wind and more. If you've got a netbook, Mandriva Linux 2010 may just be its new best friend!

Mandriva tools and applications

Improvements in packages management

  • You can now configure the frequency of checking for updates, this can be done by right-clicking on the mdkapplet icon in the system tray or from the Mandriva Control Center Image:Drakconf-icon.png -> Software Management -> Configure updates frequency.
  • As upgrade usually needs to update hundreds of packages, upgrade is now possible in « live » mode. If you have enough free space, all necessary packages can be first downloaded then installed. It should help smooth upgrading if your network bandwidth is not big enough, your network connection is unstable or mirrors become unavailable during the upgrade process.

Help in checking passwords

Users management, both in the installer and userdrake (Mandriva Control Center Image:Drakconf-icon.png -> System -> Manager users on system), now provide an easy way to check the strength of a password. Three different icons (and associated background colour for each of them) will show three different password strength levels.

Redesign of Netprofile

Network profiles management tool has been completely rewritten. Using it you can easily create and use several network profiles depending on where you are (at home, with friends, at work...).

To use profiles, go to Internet & Network section in the Mandriva Control Center Image:Drakconf-icon.png. Then open Manage different network profiles. Click on the New button. You can now configure your network, urpmi medias and proxy for this new profile using Mandriva tools. That's it! You can switch back to the default profile using net_applet icon or Manage different network profiles (draknetprofile).

Rewritting of net_monitor

A new network monitoring tool is available in Mandriva Linux, it is replacing net_monitor application from drakx-net package. You can reach it from net_applet.

New Installer features

First step for partition has been redesigned to make it more explicit for non advanced users

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