Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring RC released
The Mandriva developers have announced the arrival of a release candidate (RC) for Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring (2010.1). This is to be the last development release for Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring and the final version is scheduled for release on the 3rd of June, 2010.
Building on the previous beta releases, the RC is based on the 188.8.131.52 Linux kernel and features the latest GNOME 2.30.1 and KDE 4.4.3 desktops. A number of changes have been implemented in the Nautilus file manager in anticipation of the GNOME 3.0 release with the GNOME Shell. Built-in desktop applications include version 3.2 of OpenOffice.org, Firefox 3.6.3, the Chromium web browser and version 1.92 of the Transmission BitTorrent client. Other changes include use of the Nouveau driver for NVIDIA graphics hardware and improvements to the Mandriva tools, such as data encryption, parental control and network profiles.
As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter. Due to "unresolved issues with KDE, GNOME and maybe other windows managers", the developers also advise users not to use the RC to upgrade existing Mandriva installations.
More details about the release can be found in the release notes and in the Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring technical specifications document. The Mandriva 2010 Spring release candidate is available to download as a DVD image file for 32 or 64-bit systems and is released under the GNU General Public License. The latest stable release is Mandriva Linux 2010.0 from early November of 2009.
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