The first Alpha edition of Mandriva Desktop 2012 has been released. Behind schedule by almost two months, it is fittingly code-named Tenacious Underdog. The first Technical Preview, code-named Bernie Lomax, was released back in May, and the next pre-release version, which is due by early October, will likely be the first Beta.
I do not even want to guess what the code name for that one will be, but I am sure it will be have a kick to it. You may view the roadmap for Mandriva Desktop 2012 here.
Highlights of this pre-release edition are (my comments in parentheses):
- Faster, smaller & much improved installer (I did two installations before publishing this article, and I did not notice any difference from previous editions of the installer.)
- Installer text mode is now working again
- A slimmer, much improved and fixed rescue mode
- Dual arch CD iso image has been much improved with a more complete set of packages
filling it and also LXDE now shipped with it and installed by default (LXDE is shipped, but it is not the default. A default installation of a CD image gives you a non-graphical system. This has been officially noted as a bug)
- Switch to Linaro’s gcc 4.7 branch has been completed
- HAL has finally been put to rest for good
- KDE 4.9.0
Here are some screen shots from a test installation of the KDE and GNOME desktops. The LXDE desktop was not worth taking screen shots from, even after I installed the graphical desktop.
I wanted to show screen shots from a GNOME desktop installation, but this is all I could afford. Hope you understand.
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