It's out now (slightly late and it's not really spring anymore, but who cares now that it's here)! Official Press release:http://www.mandriva.com/enterprise/e...ux-2010-springRelease Notes:http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/2010.1_NotesMandriva 2010.1 Errata:http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/2010.1_ErrataDistrowatch page:http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=mandriva
News release: http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06177Info about various versions available:http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/Choosing_the_right_editionTorrents:http://torrent.mandriva.com/public/2010.1/Upgrade from previous releases:http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/2010.1_N...vious_releasesNew Install Instructions:
Download the ISO of your choice using one of the torrents from the above link, if you don't know which version to get then go with the One KDE4 ISO
which is a combined live bootable CD and install disc and comes with official ATI (8.723.1) and Nvidia drivers (195.36.24) and Adobe flash plugin (10.1) included
Use your favourite bitorrent client, I suggest Transmission.
Once downloaded check the md5 checksum of the ISO with the following command in a terminal, change to the directory where you downloaded the ISO to:
$ md5sum -c *.md5
If the ISO checksum is OK then burn the ISO to CD. Else download again.
Burn at no greater than 8x on good quality media.
Alternatively, if you prefer to boot off a USB stick, you can just dump the ISO onto a USB stick (min. 1GB) like this:
# cat mandriva-linux-one-2010-spring-KDE4-europe1-americas-cdrom-i586.iso > /dev/sdX
(replace sdX with the USB device letter name you are using, this will overwrite all previous content of the USB stick!)
Once you have burned the CD, boot from it and experience Mandriva straight-away, as it starts up off CD into a Live desktop environment. Once the KDE4 desktop has started you can double-click on the 'Live Install
' icon on the desktop to commence installation.First things to do after installation:Add the offical package repositories:
Open the Mandriva Control Center (MCC, blue screen icon with round red tool mini-icon on the taskbar, also called 'Configure Your Computer'), select "Software Management" and then "Configure media sources for install and update".
Click on "Add" on the right side and the follow the instructions to add a full set of sources.
(ignore the final pop-up about "unable to add 'Restricted' repository", the Restricted repo is only available for Powerpack customers and contains non-opensource, non-free, third-party software)Add the PLF package repositories:
Open the following site with Firefox:http://easyurpmi.zarb.org/
Select the Version (2010.1) and the Architecture (i586) and then click on "Add PLF medias
After that the first thing to do would be to install libdvdcss
(which is in the PLF repository) to be able to watch and/or back-up retail DVDs.
Every time you would like to install a package (for example of mplayer or myth or vlc) and you have the choice between an official Mandriva version (mdv) or a PLF version (plf), always chose the PLF version as those contain all the extra codecs that Mandriva cannot include in the official version for legal/patent/licensing issues.
PLF versions are as reliable as the official versions, in fact they are made by the same people, they just can't be branded officially by Mandriva.XBMC, MythTV and other media center packages:
(9.11) and MythTV
(0.23) packages are available in the official Contrib repositories, so you can easily install them from the Mandriva software management GUI "Install & Remove Software" (drakrpm).
Furthermore you will also find moovida
(1.0.9) packages in the same Contrib repository.
Other media center or PVR apps available are:
You will also find popular media players such as:
2.30.2Brief history of Mandriva:
'Mandriva Linux was launched in 1998 under the name of Mandrake Linux, with the goal of making Linux easier to use for everyone. At that time, Linux was already well-known as a powerful and stable operating system that demanded strong technical knowledge and extensive use of the command line; MandrakeSoft saw this as an opportunity to integrate the best graphical desktop environments and contribute its own graphical configuration utilities to quickly become famous for setting the standard in Linux ease of use. In February 2005, MandrakeSoft merged with Brazil's Conectiva to form Mandriva S.A., with headquarters in Paris, France. The company's flagship product, Mandriva Linux, offers all the power and stability of Linux to both individuals and professional users in an easy-to-use and pleasant environment.'
And here is a more detailed article with the history of Mandriva (a recommended entertaining read):http://www.h-online.com/open/feature...va-944358.html
Mandriva Linux uses the rpm package format, same as Redhat, Fedora, and Suse and was originally derived from Redhat Linux so it still has many similarities with Redhat and Fedora, which makes it very easy for anyone with Redhat or Fedora experience to find their way around Mandriva.Link to old Mandriva 2010.0 thread (for reference):http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1193453