Releases/Mandriva/2007.1/Development/RC1

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Release notes for the first release candidate of Mandriva Linux 2007.1 (Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring).

Contents

What's new

New since Mandriva Linux 2007:

  • Major desktop components
    • KDE 3.5.6
    • GNOME 2.18 (RC: final release will include GNOME 2.18)
    • OpenOffice.org 2.1
    • Mozilla Firefox 2.0
  • Updated configuration tools
    • New, simplified MandrivaUpdate updater
    • Many enhancements and bugfixes to rpmdrake software installation / removal tool
    • Updated drak3d supports configuration of Metisse alongside compiz and beryl
  • Improved hardware support
    • More extensive and accurate than ever support for the most popular graphics cards: NVIDIA, Intel, and ATI / AMD
    • Support for many laptop built-in SD card readers
    • Improved and standardized suspend-to-RAM and suspend-to-disk support
  • Beautiful new boot and desktop themes

New since Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring Beta 2:

  • Correct configuration for NVIDIA graphics cards
  • Important bugfixes to configuration tools including rpmdrake, drakconnect and drakx11
  • Important bugs fixed: Image:bug_small.png Bug #28788 (incorrect use of proprietary ATI driver), Image:bug_small.png Bug #28779 (incorrect configuration of proprietary NVIDIA driver), Image:bug_small.png Bug #25394 (alt-F2 shortcut does not work in 3D desktop mode)

Availability

This release candidate is available in several editions:

  • Free (standard installer, DVD x86-32)
  • One (combined Live CD / installer, GNOME, x86-64)
  • One (combined Live CD / installer, KDE, x86-32)

The images are available from any official Mandriva mirror site in the /devel/iso/2007.1 subdirectory. For the list of Mandriva mirrors see CookerMirrors. The Free and One GNOME editions do not contain any non-free drivers, firmware or software (however, during installation of the Free edition, you will be offered the possibility to use internet software repositories, including non-free drivers). The One KDE edition contains the normal range of non-free drivers and firmware, except that due to an oversight on our part, the proprietary ATI graphics card driver was not correctly integrated. We apologize for this mistake.

Installation

For instructions on writing the ISO files to CD or DVD discs, see Writing CD and DVD images. For installation instructions, see Installing Mandriva Linux.

Known issues

Known issues are collected on the Spring Errata page. Please check there. In particular, it is known that 3D acceleration is not correctly configured on ATI Radeon cards: please see this entry.

Testing wanted

You are encouraged to test and comment on this beta release. Feedback should be posted in the form of bug reports to Bugzilla, or if it is not a type of feedback that can be expressed as a bug report, to the Cooker mailing list or to the Mandriva Club forums (which are open to posts from anyone with a my.mandriva account, not just Club members).

  • Check that all your hardware is supported. Note that the Free and One GNOME editions only include free software: you may need to check with your hardware manufacturer for the appropriate drivers or firmware (especially for ATI and NVIDIA video cards, Intel Centrino wireless ipw2100/2200 WiFi adapters, Hsf modems and more.)
  • Report any missing or unwanted software. Please take care to see if these issues have already been filed.

For help on reporting bugs, consult our general guidelines on Development/Howto/Bugzilla.

Some known issues are identified on the Spring Errata page. Please check there to see if a particular problem has a workaround or has been fixed.

Misc

The live editions ("Mandriva One") contain translations only for a limited set of languages. This is a feature.

Experimental software

If you configure the contrib software repository for your Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring installation (see Installing and removing software for more details), you will have access to experimental KDE 4 packages and experimental packages for X.org server 1.3 and the X.org Intel video driver version 2.0. These packages will install to the /opt directory and so cannot affect the stable versions of these packages. We encourage experienced and interested users to test them out. The interesting features of the X.org server and Intel driver packages, taken together, are support for modesetting (which allows the driver to correctly detect and use widescreen resolutions on machines with bad video BIOSes, with no need for the 915resolution tool) and support for xrandr 1.2 (which allows X to dynamically detect the displays connected to the machine and makes it easy to switch between arbitrary modes on different monitors at any time without the need to restart X).

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