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There is much to tell about Mandriva 2011 . Each new version is a salutary development of ideas that seem to materialize, but are gradually taking a more or less defined: aesthetic and practical distinction, with KDE as the primary tool . This vision of the whole becomes clearer as they are learning new details.
Before getting to the point, however, would remind me a little of everything what happened until now, and should be taken into account when assess the current situation and future of this distribution an entire Linux standard in recent times has experienced the lowest hours of its existence but which, like Phoenix, it seems to rise from the ashes (or at least try).
way to Mandriva 2011 Beta 2
almost a year ago began falling Mandriva . First came the rumors of sale, from there the French company just picked up what he had sown for poor management and a rather contemptuous attitude towards their own community. Sounds harsh, but true.
Since then we have witnessed the saga Mandriva , whose chapters will find scattered through the pages of MuyLinux because we monitor bickering of the company, which had to be slapped her with the fork mageia community to realize that or changed course or the ship sank . But we will not go into that now.
Many simply gave no credence to his words, even to detail that led to Mandriva 2010.2, but development Blondie continued with Mandriva 2011 Technology Preview, Alpha 1 and Alpha 2, a first beta announce that we missed and a second that you saw yesterday published.
In the words has gone to the facts , and it is impossible to see eye to eye a year ago for a project that is making all the stops to get back on track by front door. However, it is too early to assert anything Mandriva 2011 is half done , is very noticeable, but what you can already see-and what-not but transmits sensed a great feeling.
This time we will not repeat the usual things, that if such a version of the kernel, that if these applications and more. When it comes time to release the final version will detail all these details. Now, facing the user, which is want to know if Mandriva has something to contribute (with this in mind I would like to emphasize only one thing: RPM 5 Fedora-ni has dared to go so far-).
user must have one thing in mind: Mandriva has transmuted into a pro-KDE distro , with all that this entails, and it is precisely the work they are doing your KDE what imbues the project in a new dimension.
look and new login screen
question: What is the difference between distributions of GNOME KDE? Answer: in many things, but one in particular always caught my attention, and no other modifications to the graphic level .
Ubuntu, Linux Mint, openSUSE (GNOME), Fedora … Every one has the style you want to give their developers, while if we do the same exercise with Kubuntu, openSUSE (KDE), Fedora (KDE) we see that are all the same . Even if we add to the equation or Chakra Pardus distro as Linux, that “tunean” pretty appearance.
Whether you keep a track of a dark Plasma or different, or to change such detail here and there to add their branding or not, everyone, I repeat, all tracks are Oxygen-based (which is excellent, eye), and it shows a lot. Too. Mandriva At this point stands out above the others, because even though visual empastre I’Ora is outdated, at least had the courage at the time to bet for having a different touch.
Here I find the first obstacle in my writing, is that the images can be seen at many sites do not correspond at all to what I have before me. As for visuals, Mandriva 2011 will have many changes , but are still being tested in this regard, which varies from one version to another.
For example, an image belonging to Mandriva 2011 Alpha 1 and other Mandriva 2011 Beta 2 :
The changes are palpable and I fear that there is still much to see something clear in this regard. For now all in a jumble without tying (the window borders look like Linux Mint 10, the style of the applets is a GTK-Curve horrible no integration …).
We therefore, changes in which it is seen an evolutionary path, starting with the installer, which includes a new option to add a custom avatar to display all its charm in a new screen identification, unfinished but very interesting.
This point is closely related to the former, because the concept ROSA can change all . But let us begin the story from the beginning:
programming commissioned a plasmoid ROSA, a Russian company specializing in touch pretty KDE, so I have seen. This plasmoid, or applet, called Stackfolder .
Stackfolder be a kind of mixture of folder views and quick access (Folder Views and QuickAccess), ie navigable folder views that can be added the panel. We discussed the possibility of having “many desktops in a single desktop screen without changing” (what a mess) and even without using a file manager, depending on the circumstances.
Users of other desktops can understand not what I mean well, but KDE that you enjoy the power of these plasmoids fliparéis the possibilities simply because there is nothing like for any desktop , commercial or not. A demonstration video:
Following this assignment, it seems that Mandriva developers have been joined by bonds with ROSA and the name of your company is their project, a GNU / Linux based KDE in Mandriva and innovating as never before seen (in visual touch the desktop, to which I referred to earlier).
You want proof for that statement? With all of you, “KDE Elementary “:
Right. ROSA Desktop is a distribution that mixes all the concepts mentioned and some new ones. But only available in Russian (though well thought out set missing only the desktop to have translations in the language you want).
Following the collaboration
ROSA-Mandriva, KDE panel is no longer such, but is the ROSA Panel , exactly the same as always but with a new menu full screen (at least 1024 x 768) rather cumbersome and includes two views: welcome (something like bookmarks, recent documents and more all in one) and applications.
as a picture is worth a thousand words, here are two:
And here ends, for now,” ROSA changes. ” Again, everything is half do : Stackfolder has a fairly bad (automatically resizes when changing directory and is a nuisance, but only by testing will understand what I mean), the new menu is not no available settings (you can not even change the size), ROSA Panel adds nothing … But only for the good conditions looming deserve the benefit of doubt (including the “KDE Elementary).
Is everything? Far from it, because the developers of Mandriva, meanwhile, continue to work in the following news …
manager system and new software
tried Mandriva 2011 Beta 2, we realize that nearly all drakes Mandriva-applications that together form the system control center, remains in place. Just like before, the same for the software manager. We see progress being cooked in the final version? It is difficult to secure, for now, a preview, beginning with the new control center .
drakes reported are the pride of Mandriva such as distribution, a complete lucky configuration utilities only surpassed by YaST, the openSUSE system configuration. Unlike YaST, Mandriva tools are written in Perl sobe GTK + interface, so you never have married at all well with KDE.
Now, with the abandonment of some of these tools in pursuit of the options offered by KDE itself, these modules are being rewritten in Python on a Qt interface , as well as integrated Preferences desktop system. There have been two for the user management and services :
Interestingly, KDE already has two modules , to manage both users and services, which is not uncommon to wonder why spend time on something, when there are things that make a lot more needed (as they say, which leads understands ).
ended with new package manager , much more interesting despite being in an early stage of development, why is early to say that it is chaotic or wonder why not copy Software Center Ubuntu, if it works and people like it? Another demonstration video:
we are here. As you see, rather than a finished product we seem to be a brilliant piece puzzle that never quite fit but shine very seductively. The effort they are making Mandriva developers deserve confidence , because few distributions where they risk both the formula has worked well ever.
At the same time, it is clear that we needed a regeneration Mandriva , and although it has been for the poor, it is welcome. Since then, my interest already have it. In July we will have the final result meantime we will keep close track , I’ve won.
Finally I would like to touch-and-a ext4Blog thank Malco and its author, as an essential source for this article, without which it would lack many of the details given.
Well, what do you think