Problems & Headaches
One thing I didn’t like was that Mandriva Linux 2010 (Free) did not come with a Live CD version (though there is one available for Mandriva One). When I booted up the CD I got the option to boot from hard disk or to install Mandriva Linux. Now there’s nothing really wrong with that per se but a Live CD option that lets people get a taste of Mandriva Linux might be a good idea for future releases.
Beyond that I didn’t really encounter anything to complain about it. As I’ve noted before, I sort of hate it when that happens. It’s much more fun to run into tons of problems as it gives me a lot to talk about in this section. Oh well.
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Final Thoughts & Who Should Use It
Mandriva Linux 2010 (Free) is a great choice for intermediate and advanced users who prefer free software and are in the market for a desktop version of Linux. Beginners should probably go with Mandriva One or Mandriva Powerpack instead since they come with proprietary drivers and software that might make a beginner’s overall experience a bit more enjoyable and easy.
Regardless of which version you pick, the Mandriva Linux developers have done a very good job with this release. It’s well worth a download if you’re in the market for a good desktop distro. If you aren’t sure which version to pick then check out the “Which Version of Mandriva Linux Is Right For You” page. That will help you figure out exactly what you need.
|Product:||Mandriva Linux 2010 (Free)|
|Pros:||Easy install, generous selection of software including various desktop environments. Great configuration control panel.|
|Cons:||No Live CD version. This version (Free) also doesn’t come with Flash and certain other useful proprietary software and drivers and that may be a problem for some people.|
|Suitable For:||Beginners might want to go with Mandriva One or the Powerpack edition which include some proprietary drivers and software that could make for an easier and more comfortable experience. Mandriva One also offers users the ability to try it without installing it. Intermediate and advanced users who prefer free software only should consider Mandriva Linux 2010 (Free).|
|Summary:||Mandriva Linux 2010 (Free) is a great desktop distro for certain Linux users who prefer a distro with only “free” software. Other folks should probably opt for Mandriva One or the Powerpack release which come bundled with Flash and other software.|