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Mandriva 2010 beta: Screenshots

In the past few days French-based Linux company Mandriva has released a beta version of its upcoming Mandriva 2010 Linux distribution. We took it for a spin in a virtualised VMware environment.
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By Renai LeMay, Contributor on
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Upon booting the beta of Mandriva 2010 this screen was displayed.

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Despite Mandriva's flashy exterior, the guts of the Linux operating system are never far away.

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Mandriva automatically detected all of the virtualised hardware presented to it by our VMware environment.

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Various language options are available.

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We didn't bother reading the entire licence agreement, but you might want to if you're deploying Mandriva in a corporate environment.

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We found the partitioning system less intuitive than Ubuntu's.

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Multiple CDs? This takes us back to earlier this decade. Doesn't Mandriva know everything can be downloaded from the internet? Just kidding, some users will welcome this feature.

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Unlike most Linux distributions, Mandriva gives you a choice between the KDE and GNOME window managers, or you can use something else.

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Installation was relatively slow compared to SuSE and Ubuntu.

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At times the "time remaining" status bar got up to 40 minutes! Although this was inaccurate.

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Setting up user accounts.

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Setting up the display resolution.

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After booting from the hard disk for the first time, this screen displays.

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We like the stylised background.

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And again, the guts of Linux are never far away.

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Unlike a lot of other distributions, the first time you boot up into Mandriva it asks you to participate in various surveys.

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We declined to become a registered member of the Mandriva community.

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We also declined to take part in Mandriva's survey.

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We also declined to upload the details of our hardware configuration. After all, they wouldn't have been very useful! Just VMware.

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Finally! We get to a bona fide log-in screen.

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We wait for GNOME to load.

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This is the default desktop in the beta of Mandriva 2010.

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Most of the popular open source packages you would expect (and some we didn't) are already installed.

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The Nautilus browser more or less looks the same in every Linux distribution. Or at least it works the same.

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Mandriva has a customised control panel that lets you change the usual settings, install software and more.

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Installing and removing software is a piece of cake.

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Loading up Firefox launched us into Mandriva's world.

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The last screen you'll see at the end of the day: shutting down your PC.

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