Informationweek tested openSUSE, Ubuntu 8.4, PCLinuxOS, Mandriva Linux One, Fedora, SimplyMEPIS, and CentOS 5.1. All performed well, and each had at least one truly outstanding feature. From the article:
In the last couple of years, desktop-friendly Linux distributions have taken enormous leaps -- they're easier to install, better maintained, and more powerful than ever before. There's also that many more of them -- which means that many more possibilities to sift through.
In this roundup I've looked at seven Linux distributions, all mainly aimed at desktop users. Some ought to be household names; some are less widely sung but still worth looking at. All are meant to be top-of-the-line, "throw-and-go" distros for general use, so I paid careful attention to how they behaved on a fairly broad range of hardware -- how display, networking, or other default configurations were set to behave both out of the box and after an update (if one was available).
Related: Which Linux Desktop Distribution is the best for me?
No I'm not shocked, but this clearly demonstrates how far Microsoft can go. Nigerian government, after ordering thousands of PCs with Mandriva Linux installed, has suddenly decided that they will instead install Windows:
... entered the game and the deal got more competitive. I would not say it got dirty, but someone could have said that. They fought and fought the deal, but still the customer was happy to get CMPC and Mandriva.
So we closed the deal, we got the order, we qualified the software, we got the machine shipped. In other word, we did our job. I understand the machine are being delivered right now.
And then, today, we hear from the customer a totally different story: “we shall pay for the Mandriva Software as agreed, but we shall replace it by Windows afterward.”
Wow! I’m impressed, Steve! What have you done for these guys to change their mind like this? It’s pretty clear to me, and it will be clear to everyone. How do you call what you just did Steve, in the place where you live? In my place, they give it various names, I’m sure you know them.
Hey Steve, how do you feel looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning?...
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Mandriva Linux (aka Mandrake Linux) has been released. Mandriva Linux 2008 is the latest edition of Mandriva Linux, the product of more than 9 years of continuous innovation for desktops and enterprise servers.
In this release, you will get the most up-to-date versions of the major components, with the brand new GNOME 2.20 desktop, the latest stable KDE 3.5.7, Compiz Fusion 0.5.2, OpenOffice.org 2.2.1, the latest Mozilla Firefox 2.0 and Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.
Apparmor has replaced RSBAC as the in-kernel application security tool. It also includes a integrated hardware detection system, with support for a lot of new devices particularly graphics cards, sound cards, and wireless chips. There is a wizard to import Windows documents and settings etc.
Download Mandriva Linux 2008 CD / DVD ISO
=> Mandriva Linux 2008 is now available for download on the official site and on the network of public mirror servers. You can download 3-CD ISO / 1-DVD edition files, which are made up entirely of free / open source software, without any of the non-free software bundled with other editions. It is available for download free of charge.