Mandriva 2012 technical preview

With the release of Mandriva 2012 technology preview last week, Mandriva SA has taken the first step towards publishing Mandriva 2012. The release announcement shows that the company will now support desktop environments other than the K Desktop Environment, which was the default and only desktop environment supported in Mandriva Desktop 2011.

The installer in this technical preview gives you the option to install a KDE desktop (default), a GNOME 3 desktop, LXDE and Other desktop. I hoped to show screen shots from test installations of supported desktop environments, but the GNOME 3 installation was too buggy to use. As a result, only screen shots from the KDE, LXDE and Other desktops are featured.

Starting with the boot menu, here is what it looks like. New theme.
Mandriva 2012 Boot Menu

But nothing new in the installation program, unless you consider the option of choosing desktop environments to be new, which it really is not. KDE is the default.
Mandriva 2012 Installer

And the login screen. The guest account is installed by default.
Mandriva 2012 Login Screen

I took just one screen shot from the LXDE installation, and it is of the default desktop. Other than GIMP and Firefox 12 and Mandriva administrative tools, there are no other applications installed. Bare bones.
Mandriva 2012 LXDE

Selecting Other actually gives you a basic WindowMaker installation. Again, bare bones.
Mandriva 2012 WindowMaker

The KDE desktop is where the action is. Unlike the LXDE and Other (WindowMaker) desktop, you get a complete desktop with all applications, including many games, installed.
Mandriva 2012 Desktop

This screen shot show some of the installed applications. Despite the variety in, two applications that could have made Mandriva KDE very appealing out of the box, are not installed or are not available. These are ROMP (available but not installed) and KLook (not available).
Mandriva 2012 Installed Apps

Did I mention that there are games installed?
Mandriva 2012 Installed Games

Unlike on ROSA Marathon 2012, TimeFrame feature is enabled by default. ROSA Marathon/Desktop is a distribution based on Mandriva.
Mandriva 2012 TimeFrame

This just shows the Welcome tab of SimpleWelcome. SimpleWelcome is the menu.
Mandriva 2012 SimpleWelcome

And you get the Mandriva Control Center.
Mandriva 2012 Control Center

You may download an installation image of Mandriva 2012 tech preview from here or here.

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