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Mandriva (Mandrake Linux)MandrakeSoft was founded in France in 1998. With the distribution Mandrake Linux based on Linux and configuration tools of its own as well as specified KDE surface the target was put to be installable as simply as possible operably and without problems. RPM is used as a packet format for software, one recognizes the precompiled software by the code contained in the package name, "mdk", for Mandrake Linux. It is available as a desktop and server version.
Test: July 2003
The installation of Mandrake proceeds uncomplicatedly. By dialog procedures the system is established, the kind of installation can with or without surfaces, development, console tools as well as server applications be selected comfortably. As a typical workstation with Open Office the installation uses approx. 1.1 GByte storage space, as complete server installation 490 MByte and as a development environment only 370 MByte. If one selects all components, the setup installs 1.7 GByte of the 3 CD-ROMs. As a booting manager lilo is installed, after the graphical booting procedure the first-time assistent enabling the configuration of the GUI and the e-mail client.
Update March 2004, Mandrakelinux 10.0 Community Release: The ISO images of the three CDs be able to download or to send by an ISO distributor on CD-ROM at mail. ontained are the Kernel 2.6.3, XFree86 4.3, GCC 3.3.2 and glibc 2.3.3. You can choice between the KDE 3.2, gnomes 2.4.2 and IceWM 1.2.13 desktop. Standard applications are the web suite Mozilla 1.6 and Open Office 1.1. Details of the control centre became improved, software tools for the DVD burning and for the network set up were revised.
From the fusion of Mandrakesoft and Conectiva was Mandriva formed. Mandrakesoft published the take-over of the Linux enterprise Conectiva leading in Brazil and Latin America on 24-2-2005. This strengthens the know how of Mandrakesoft in the area of research and development. The strengths of Conectiva were broad Linux software solutions for big firms, enterprises and authorities in whole Latin America. Mandrakesoft purchases all shares of Conectiva for about 1.8 million euros in shares.
Mandriva published his new Linux distribution Mandriva limited edition 2005 on 04-13-05. Processors with dual core are supported now and besides 32 bits also 64 bit processors. The contained applications for the web became improved as others like GCC 3.4.3, OpenOffice.org 1.1.4 and MySQL 4.1.11 are part of the installation package with better hardware suport too. The Linux Kernel 188.8.131.52, KDE 3.3.2 and gnomes 2.8.3 are up to date.
The agreement between Mandriva and Lycoris to take on values in the form of patents and enterprise parts was published on 06-15-2005. The founder of Lycoris, Joseph Cheek, changes to Mandriva. A new and better Linux product shall arise for the desktop and the development of desktop technologies be accelerated by the acquisition. Lycoris has developed special customizations of his Lycoris desktop/LX distribution for Tablet and Pocket PCs. Both distributions shall unify into a common product.
Mandriva Linux 2007 is available in 3 versions. The Discovery Pack is designed for beginners, Powerpack is aimed to to the advanced user and Powerpack+ for SOHO user. The GNOME 2.16 or KDE 3.5.4 desktop can be used on AIGLX and Xgl with 3D functions. A complete DVD video player is available with LinDVD, with Cedega of TransGaming PC Windows games are playable.
Date - Version
1998 July - Mandrake Linux 5.1 (venice) kernel 2.0.351998 Dec. - Mandrake Linux 5.2 (leeloo) kernel 2.0.361999 Feb. - Mandrake Linux 5.3 (festen) kernel 2.0.361999 May - Mandrake Linux 6.0 (venus) kernel 2.2.91999 Sep. - Mandrake Linux 6.1 (helios) kernel 2.2.132000 Jan. - Mandrake Linux 7.0 (air) kernel 2.2.142000 June - Mandrake Linux 7.1 (helium) kernel 2.2.152000 Oct. - Mandrake Linux 7.2 (ulysses) kernel 2.2.172001 April - Mandrake Linux 8.0 (traktopel) kernel 2.4.3, ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS2001 Sept. - Mandrake Linux 8.1 (vitamin) kernel 2.4.82002 March - Mandrake Linux 8.2 (bluebird) kernel 2.4.182002 Sept. - Mandrake Linux 9.0 (dolphin) kernel 2.4.19, gcc 3.2, XFree86 4.2.12003 March - Mandrake Linux 9.1 (bamboo) kernel 2.4.212004 March - Mandrake Linux 10.0 kernel 2.6.32005 Sept. - Mandrake Linux 10.12005 April - Mandriva Limited Edition 20052005 Oct. - Mandriva Linux 20062006 Oct. - Mandriva Linux 20072007 Sept. - Mandriva Linux 20082008 Sept. - Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring