Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring released

Posted in Release, Products, Mandriva at 3:27 pm by Adam

Mandriva is proud to announce the release of its latest distribution, Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring. This new release brings features like full support for the Asus Eee, easy synchronization with Windows Mobile 5 and later, Blackberry, and Nokia devices, a new parental control utility, the Elisa multimedia center, Codeina for easy installation of necessary media codecs, PulseAudio by default and much more. Software updates include KDE 3.5.9 (with 4.0.2 available from the official repositories), GNOME 2.22, OpenOffice.org 2.4, Linux kernel, X.org 7.3, Compiz 0.7, and more.

If you just can’t wait, you can download the One (live / install CD) or Free (traditional installer, 100% free / open source software) editions of Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring right here. Direct BitTorrent download links can be found here, as the mirrors are likely to be overloaded for several days. The commercial edition, Powerpack, featuring exclusive commercial applications, is available immediately for direct download, and can be pre-ordered in boxed form (delivery will begin in two weeks), at the Mandriva Store. A large amount of information on the new release is also available at the Mandriva Wiki:

Main 2008 Spring page
2008 Spring Release Tour: a graphical guide to what’s new in 2008 Spring
2008 Spring Release Notes
2008 Spring Errata
2008 Spring Reviewer’s Guide: a useful read if you plan to review 2008 Spring


Bits and pieces about the Distro

Posted in Release, Products, English, Mandriva at 2:06 pm by François Bancilhon

Mandriva Spring right on time!

We are delivering our Spring Distro on time, i.e., on the very same day we had planned 6 months ago. Thanks to the hard work of the developers in France, Brazil and elsewhere, thanks to the help of all the contributors, without whom none of this could happen, and thanks to Anne’s – how should I put it– gentle, but very firm stewardship. It’s a great distro and we’re proud of it.

Contributions to the Kernel

The Linux foundation recently published information on who contributes to the kernel development. Out of the 30 or so companies which contribute significantly to the kernel, there are only three distribution editors: Red Hat, Novell and Mandriva (and none other). We are happy and proud to do it. And please remember, when you buy Mandriva products or services, you help us contribute to the Linux kernel.

Manbo Labs

We reached the end of our first cycle of Manbo Labs. We set up this joint development effort with our friends from Turbolinux in the Fall of 2007. It was not easy at first since we had different cultures and approaches, but we learned how to work together. The first delivery of Manbo Labs now serves as the core of our Mandriva 2008 Spring distro. Turbolinux will base its next product on the same core. We are happy we did this together, it allowed us to invest more in the core technology. As announced, the core components are all available under a free and open source license


Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring Alpha 1 “Barlia” released

Posted in Release, Products, Mandriva at 7:53 pm by Adam

Kicking off the 2008 Spring development cycle in earnest, the first alpha is here. This alpha features X.org 7.3, KDE 3.5.8, KDE 4.0 RC2 (in /contrib), GNOME 2.21, kernel 2.6.24, OpenOffice.org 2.3, new NVIDIA and ATI proprietary drivers, PulseAudio by default and more. Despite being a first alpha, it is also in a fairly stable and reliable state, though as always, we do not suggest you use it in a production environment. It is available in Free and One editions, with i586 and x86-64 DVDs for the Free edition and an i586, KDE-based CD for the One edition. As far as testing goes, for this pre-release we are particularly interested in testing PulseAudio and hardware detection. Please report any problems with sound functionality, and any mis-detected or un-detected hardware, to Bugzilla. Of course, please also report any other problems you run into. You can also discuss the alpha in the official forums. Download locations are available on the Wiki page: it may take a few hours for the files to be copied to all mirrors, so if you do not find them on the first mirror you try, try another.


New 2008 Flash released

Posted in Release, Products, English, Mandriva at 9:48 pm by Adam

So many of you wondered if it was coming, glad to be able to give the happy news - we released the new 2008-based Flash today. This version is based on shiny new 2008, is $10 / 10€ cheaper than the old Flash, and has some cool new features - I haven’t got one to play with yet, but I really like the idea of being able to plug the Flash into a Windows system and run Thunderbird and Firefox from the Flash, with all your bookmarks and emails from the Linux boot. It’s available now from the Mandriva Store.


Libre ou pas libre, voilà la question

Posted in Products, Français, Mandriva at 1:57 pm by François Bancilhon

Je suis régulièrement interrogé par nos grands clients et nos prospects sur la nature de la licence des produits développés par Mandriva. C’est pourquoi il me semble important de réaffirmer nos principes et prises de position le plus clairement possible.

Pour les clients professionnels, nous offrons une gamme composée de quatre produits complémentaires, qui permettent de couvrir les besoins d’infrastructure informatique du secteur public et des entreprises :

  • Corporate Server 4, la distribution Linux de Mandriva pour les serveurs,
  • Corporate Desktop 4, la distribution Linux de Mandriva pour les postes de travail,
  • Mandriva Directory Server, outil de gestion des utilisateurs et des services d’infrastructure,
  • Pulse 2.0, solution de gestion de parc informatique incluant notamment la télédistribution de logiciels, l’inventaire, le mastering et la prise en main à distance.

Tous les produits que Mandriva développe et distribue sont diffusés sous Licence GPL. Par ailleurs, un site communautaire dédié est prévu pour chacune des solutions de gestion des infrastructures : le site du Mandriva Directory Server est d’ores et déjà accessible sur http://mds.mandriva.org et le site communautaire de Pulse 2 sera en place rapidement.

Bien entendu, il nous arrive aussi d’inclure des logiciels propriétaires : par exemple des pilotes propriétaires nécessaires pour faire fonctionner tel ou tel matériel, ou des logiciels multimédia tel Fluendo ou LinDVD que l’on retrouve dans les produits commerciaux grand public.

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