Mandriva 2008 includes all the latest software and many enhancements over previous Mandriva Linux releases. You will find KDE 3.5.7 and the new GNOME 2.20 already integrated, a solid kernel 184.108.40.206 with fair scheduling support, OpenOffice.org 2.2.1, cutting-edge 3D-accelerated desktop courtesy of Compiz Fusion 0.5.2, Mozilla Firefox 220.127.116.11, and everything else you’ve come to expect from the latest Mandriva Linux release.
It have integrated a reworked hardware detection sub-system, with support for a lot of new devices (particularly graphics cards, sound cards and wireless chips).
Also, the addition of new features and ongoing improvements to the renowned Mandriva tools continues, including a wizard to import Windows documents and settings, the new network configuration center, and improvements to the Mandriva software management tools.
In this release, it have integrated the most up-to-date versions of the major components, with the brand new GNOME 2.20 desktop, the latest stable KDE 3.5.7, Compiz Fusion 0.5.2, OpenOffice.org 2.2.1, the latest Mozilla Firefox 2.0 and Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.
A new menu layout has been introduced. This menu is a merger between the old simplified and Mandriva menu layouts. It is flatter than the old Mandriva layout, with no more than two levels below the top level used at any point.
Applications that are native to the current desktop (KDE / Qt applications in KDE, GNOME / GTK+ applications in GNOME) will be displayed at the first level below the top level, and non-native applications will be at the second level. Exceptions are used to make applications that are commonly used outside their native desktop appear at the top level in all cases.
In addition to the improved graphics card support discussed above, support for other devices has been added or improved. Notable changes include support for:
- NVIDIA Geforce 8400, 8500 and 8600 series graphics cards
- Intel 4965AGN wireless chipsets
- Intel Santa Rosa drive controllers
- ATI SB700 chipset motherboards
- Many newer onboard sound devices using the High Definition Audio codec, particularly on motherboards using Intel chipsets
- Wacom Graphire and Intuos tablet input devices
- Realtek 8187 USB and ZyDAS ZD1211/ZD1211B USB wireless controllers
In Mandriva Linux 2008, drives and partitions formatted with the NTFS file system will be writable by default (via the use of the ntfs-3g driver). This applies to both conventional internal disks and to external disks, USB storage devices and so on.
The Beryl 3D desktop technology has been merged back into Compiz (it began as a Compiz fork). Mandriva Linux 2008 no longer contains Beryl. On upgrading from a previous release, Beryl will be replaced by Compiz Fusion. Most plugins that were previously available for Beryl are now available as Compiz Fusion plugins (one notable exception is the 3D plugin).
Please note that if you are upgrading from Beryl you will probably be used to the Emerald window decorator. When you use Compiz Fusion, you will now, by default, be using either the GTK or KDE window decorator depending on your session. If you would like to use Emerald, simply use CompizConfig Settings Manager (ccsm) and enter "emerald" under the Window Decoration plugin's Command option.
Mandriva Linux 2008 is available in several different editions:
- One is a single CD edition which includes the latest proprietary drivers, available for download free of charge. It can be run as a live CD as well as installed to the hard disk.
- Powerpack is a DVD edition which includes support, services, and important third-party proprietary software like LinDVD, Cedega, the Fluendo multimedia codecs, Flash Player, Scilab and 03 Spaces. It is available from the Mandriva Store.
- Free is a 3-CD / 1-DVD edition made up entirely of free / open source software, without any of the non-free software bundled with other editions. It is available for download free of charge.