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Mandriva Linux 2008

Mandriva LogoAbout Mandriva

Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, is a French software company that was founded in 1998, having offices in France, Brazil, and the USA.  It was forced to change its name in 2004 to Mandriva following a court case against the Hearst Corporation.

Its main goal was and still is to provide an easy-to-use and friendly GNU/Linux system. All code developed and distributed by Mandriva is released under the General Public License or equivalent. Mandriva's commercial products include proprietary third-party software products, which contain their own licensing models.

Mandriva Linux 2008 Key Facts

One (Live CD, No charge), Linux Free (No charge), Download version (EUR 17.00), Discovery (EUR 44.00), Powerpack (EUR 69.90), PowerPack+ (EUR 179.00)
9 October 2007
Installation Media:
CD (4)
Architectures supported:
x86, PPC, AMD64 and IA64
Package Management:
Official Website:

GNOME 2.20
KDE 3.5.7
XOrg 7.2
Xfce 4.4.1
OpenOffice 2.2.1
Evolution 2.12.0
Gimp 2.4.0rc2
Python 2.5.1
Apache 2.2.6
PostgreSQL 8.2.5
GNU Compiler Collection 4.2.2rc1

The result of six months of heavy development and testing, 2008 includes all the latest software and many enhancements over previous Mandriva Linux releases. You will find KDE 3.5.7 and the new GNOME 2.20 already integrated, a solid kernel with fair scheduling support, 2.2.1, cutting-edge 3D-accelerated desktop courtesy of Compiz Fusion 0.5.2, Mozilla Firefox, and everything else you've come to expect from the latest Mandriva Linux release. They have integrated a reworked hardware detection sub-system, with support for a lot of new devices (particularly graphics cards, sound cards and wireless chips). Also, the addition of new features and ongoing improvements to the renowned Mandriva tools continues, including a wizard to import Windows documents and settings, the new network configuration center, and improvements to the Mandriva software management tools.

Other features include:
  • Compiz Fusion, the result of the re-merge between the Compiz and Beryl 3D desktop technologies, replaces Compiz and Beryl.
  • 7.2, featuring the new XrandR 1.2 framework which vastly improves support for multiple displays and display hotplugging on supported drivers
  • Revised hardware detection system
  • Complete XDG menu migration
  • Consolidated network configuration / management tool
  • Windows document and setting migration tool which acts as a front end to Migration Assistant

System Requirements

  • CPU: Any Intel or AMD processor - dual-core supported
  • RAM: 256 MB minimum, 512 MB recommended
  • DVD drive required
  • Video Card: NVIDIA, ATI, Intel® i8xx and i9xx, SIS, Matrox, VIA. 3D desktop features requires NVIDIA GeForce or later, ATI Radeon 7000 or later, or Intel i810 to i965.
  • Sound Card: Any Sound Blaster-compatible card and AC97 – Creative Labs X-Fi cards are not currently supported.
  • Minimum hard disk space: 3GB for a smooth installation- 4GB if you plan to use KDE 4.
  • Serial ATA: Most controllers supported in non-RAID mode and some in RAID mode.


Linux 2008 (current release) PlanetOSSSoftware in Review, Far Fewer ToesjunauzaMandriva Linux Tips for Freeblogspot, Polishlinuxosnews, (French), (Hebrew), Linuxoid (Russian)
Linux 2007
Planète Béranger, Linux Gazette, Personal Computer World, Linux Forums, Software in ReviewKnoLinuxExtremeTechQuebecOS (French),  LinMagazine (Hebrew), Guia do Hardware (Portugese)
Linux 2006
tuxmachines, ZDNet, MadPenguinCapnkirbyLinMagazine (Hebrew)

Selected Websites

Other Official Websites
Mandriva Club, Mandriva Corporate Club, Mandriva Expert, Mandriva Community Wiki, Sophie
News (German), Dragonia Magazine (Polish)
Unofficial Mandriva Linux 2006 Starter Guide, SeerofSouls, Penguin Liberation Front, Mandriva Linux tips for Free, Mandriva Users

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