Mandriva Linux 2008 RC 1 (aka Copernic)

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The first release candidate for Mandriva Linux 2008 is now available. There is information about the new release in various places:


Changes from previous betas

Changes from previous beta releases include:


draknetcenter, the new consolidated network configuration and monitoring tool, is included in this release candidate. For now it is available only by running draknetcenter from a console or a run dialog. This tool is still undergoing revision and improvement: the version you see in this release candidate is not the final design.

New menu structure

A new menu structure, based on an initial proposal by Frederik Himpe, has been implemented in this release candidate. This structure attempts to reduce the amount of nesting in the menus. Applications are split into category groups. In each category group, applications native to the current desktop environment are displayed in the top level, and applications native to other desktop environments are displayed in a sub level. Some applications that are commonly used across many desktop environments are specially configured to always appear in the top level.

Kernel changes

The kernel package has now adopted the kernel-tmb spec file, which means that the kernel packages have been renamed. The old kernel is now kernel-desktop. The old kernel-enterprise is now kernel-server. The old kernel-legacy is now kernel-desktop586. A kernel-laptop package is now introduced, which contains several customizations useful to laptops in terms of reducing power usage.

This also means that the official kernel packages now adopt the kernel-tmb style for source and headers. Each kernel package now has its own -devel package - e.g. kernel-desktop586-devel - which contains the source and headers necessary for building external kernel modules. This is the package you should install if you need to compile external kernel modules. The single kernel-source package is of interest only to those who need to build an application against a complete copy of the kernel source, or those interested in building their own kernels.


This release candidate is available as a Free edition for the x86-32 and x86-64 architectures, on three CDs or one DVD, with a traditional installer. It is also available in a mini CD edition for both x86-32 and x86-64 architectures. It will also be available as a One combined live / install CD edition in the near future: issues with unionfs prevented the One edition from being released at the same time as the other editions.

The images are available from any official Mandriva mirror site in the /devel/iso/2008.0 subdirectory. For the list of Mandriva mirrors see CookerMirrors.


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 2008 Errata page.

Testing wanted

You are encouraged to test and comment on this release candidate. 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 Forums.

  • We are particularly interested in reports from users of ATI Radeon X1xx series graphics adapters, as the new avivo driver for such adapters has been temporarily made the default for this release candidate in order to test its compatibility. If you have such a card, please send a mail to awilliamson A T mandriva D O T com, reporting your experience of this release candidate.
  • Check that all your hardware is supported. Note that this release candidate only includes free software. Proprietary drivers for components which require or can use them - especially for ATI and NVIDIA video cards, Intel Centrino wireless adapters, and HSF modems - are available from the Cooker non-free repository. Follow the instructions at Docs/Basic_tasks/Installing_and_removing_software#Making_more_applications_available to configure this and other repositories. It should be noted that if you continue to use these repositories after the release of Mandriva Linux 2008, you will then be following the development of the next release of Mandriva Linux. If you wish to follow development of 2008 and then remain with a 2008 system, you must change your repositories at the time 2008 is released.
  • 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 2008 Errata page. Please check there to see if a particular problem has a workaround or has been fixed.

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