Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring Beta 1

The first beta, codenamed Ophrys, for Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring (2008.1) is now available. This pre-release should provide a measure of out-of-the-box support for the multimedia keys present on many modern keyboards.

Simple functions such as changing sound volume should work immediately. If you have multimedia keys on your keyboard but they do not seem to do anything in Beta 1.

Perl has been updated to 5.10 since the release of Alpha 2. This is a major change which required the rebuild of several hundred packages. Alpha 2 replaced the teTeX system with TeX Live. Due to several problems and necessary features yet unimplemented in TeX Live, this change has been reverted, and Beta 1 again uses teTeX as the default TeX system.

Version 169.09 of the NVIDIA proprietary driver and version 8.45.2 (Catalyst 8.1) of the ATI proprietary driver are including now. These provide bug fixes and support for the latest cards released by both manufacturers.

KDE 4.0.0 final is available in the Cooker repository along with this pre-release and includes the latest version of Nautilus, the GNOME file and desktop manager. This version is based on the new GVFS VFS system, replacing the old gnome-vfs system. This is a major change which has already resulted in several known problems and regressions.

This pre-release uses the latest available release candidate of kernel version 2.6.24, providing the widest possible hardware compatibility. The latest release candidate of the ALSA sound system has also been included, which should fix many issues with recent sound hardware.

Download This Beta release of Mandriva at Here.


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