Getting closer to the release of Mandriva Desktop 2011. The first release candidate was made available June 30, 2011. I do not like to review pre-stable releases, so this is not going to be a review, but a short preview. Out of curiosity, I wanted to find out if there has been any changes to the installer. And there is, or there are. For one, btrfs and nilfs2 are supported. I have written several guides on installing Linux distributions on a btrfs file system, but none for nilfs2.
That is because no major Linux distribution has out-of-the-box support for it. I think Mandriva Desktop 2011 will be the first. Nilfs2, by the way, is a log-structured file system with support for continuous snapshotting.
Another change I can see is the installation now takes place in two stages, just like with Fedora. The system is installed in stage 1, while keyboard detection, time settings, and user accounts are configured in stage 2.
Since Fedora is mentioned in this article, you might be interested in the questions and answers on Fedora posted by visitors like you on this website.
Ok, time for a few screenshots.
This one is the installation progress indicator. Cool graphics.
And this is the login screen. Nice touch.
And the default KDE desktop. Me likes!
Talking about likes, you are going to love the menu. It’s really cool. Is it really a menu anymore? This, by the way, is the default view, and it occupies the whole desktop.
And this is the applications view. It takes a lot to please me, and I am pleased – with the “menu.”
I do not really know what this view of the menu, but I can hazard a guess. Do you know?
And this is what happens when you use the search feature. Nice and smooth.
Let’s not forget the KDE Plasma Netbook Interface. The best of one of several such interfaces.
The Mandriva Control Center is the still the name.
That is enough for now. I think users are going to like Mandriva Desktop 2011 plenty. Check the main website for a full review when the stable version is released. Better still, how about subscribing to the main website by RSS or email, for automatic delivery of the review to your Feed Reader or Inbox? And while we are on subscriptions, you might also want to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email. The short articles, questions and answers by visitors like you, and other blogs posts, will also be delivered automatically to your Feed Reader or Inbox.