Mandriva has stood the test of time and continues to evolve with a distribution that is still just as easy to use. For a novice user, this is a good choice but Ubuntu is just as good … At the time when Linux distributions were synonymous with installation … Complicated, Mandrake Linux had seduced by its simplicity and its emphasis on use close to a commercial operating system like Windows. Renamed following the merger between Mandrake and the Brazilian distribution Connectiva, continues to evolve, despite the arrival of other distributions focusing on simplicity, Ubuntu in mind.
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What’s new in the 2011 version? As is the fashion, Mandriva goes to the cloud with Mandriva Sync, an online file synchronization service associated with a storage space of 2 GB. The system also has a brand new interface, ROSA, which replaces the Galaxy theme present so far, with some changes made to KDE, including a modified taskbar, with behavior similar to that of Windows 7, and a new Mandriva menu, including a timeline of the latest actions. On the application side, we find Firefox in version 5.0.1, while Thunderbird replaces Kmail. The LibreOffice suite is integrated, in terms of office automation. Regarding multimedia applications, we note the presence of the Pitivi editing software, the arrival of the Shotwell photo manager, and the replacement of Amarok by a fork, Clementine, considered lighter by Mandriva.