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30 April 2009, 12:04

Mandriva 2009.1 Spring released

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Three weeks after the second release candidate (RC2) was made available, the Mandriva developers have announced the final release of Mandriva 2009.1 Spring (code-named Pauillac). Noticeable improvements have been made to the Linux distributions boot time, making it up to 25 per cent faster than previous versions, and the Mandriva Control Centre Tools have also been optimised.

Major updates to the desktop components include KDE 4.2.2, GNOME 2.26, Xfce 4.6 and X.Org Server 1.6. LXDE is now the default lightweight desktop for low-end systems, however, Xfce is still available as an option. Mandriva 2009.1 uses the 2.6.29 Linux kernel and includes Firefox 3.0.8, OpenOffice 3.0.1 and the Songbird music player.

Syslinux has been updated to version 3.75 and the Hardware Detection Tool (HDT) module has been added to provide an overview of system components, such as PCI, DMI, CPU, Disks and PXE environment. Support for Netbooks has also been greatly improved. Default support is now included for the Acer One 110 and 150, the Asus Eee PC family, the Intel Classmate PC, the Lenovo S10, the MSI Wind U90, U100, U115 and U120 and the Samsung NC-10.

More details about the release can be found in the release notes and in the provided Release Tour. Mandriva 2009.1 Spring is available to download in over 70 languages.

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