Mandriva Linux 2010 Alpha 1 released
The first alpha of Mandriva Linux 2010 has been released and includes several updates, boot time improvements and new features. The main focus of the 2010 release is to improve the user experience for daily tasks. In a blog posting, VP of Engineering at Mandriva – Anne Nicolas-Velu, provided an overview of the new features included in the development release and the current list of 2010 specifications.
The Mandriva Linux 2010 first alpha is based on the 2.6.30 Linux kernel and now uses Tomoyo, a Mandatory Access Control (MAC) implementation for Linux, as a security framework and GUI for common security setup. Major updates to the desktop components include X.org Server 188.8.131.521, KDE 4.3 Beta 2, GNOME 2.27.3 and Xfce 4.6.1. The GRUB and installation menus have been improved and users can now create guest accounts on the fly. The hybrid ISO tool, originally introduced in 2009.1 RC2, which allows users to create a bootable USB drive for installing Madriva Linux on netbooks, has also been updated and improved. The first alpha also includes Moblin packages to provide a Moblin-based environment for low-end systems with light hardware, such as netbooks.
More details about the release can be found in the release notes and in the Mandriva Linux 2010 technical specifications document. Mandriva 2010 Alpha 1 is available to download as a 32 or 64-bit DVD image file and should not be used to upgrade an existing Mandriva Linux installation. The developers encourage users to test the release and report any bugs that they encounter via Bugzilla. The final release of Mandriva 2010 is expected to be available on the 21st of October, 2009.
- Mandriva 2009.1 Spring released, a report from The H.