• Linux,  Mandriva

    Why prefer Mandriva over another distribution?

    Yesterday someone asked on a Dutch website the same question which comes back on sites like Slashdot every time a new Mandriva release is announced: what is the the advantage of Mandriva above other distributions like Ubuntu, OpenSUSE and Fedora. This made me think and so I wrote down a couple of reasons why I use Mandriva on my desktop systems. 10 advantages of Mandriva above other Linux distributions The default graphical theme in Mandriva looks much better than Ubuntu’s brown mess. All graphical configuration tools are centralized in the Mandriva Control Centre. Mandriva has some unique configuration tools, such as msec which permits you to change advanced security settings…

  • Linux,  Uncategorized

    First looks at OpenSUSE 10.3

    I downloaded the OpenSUSE 10.3 DVD to test it out and compare it with Mandriva 2008.0. I was interested in reviewing the current state of this distribution and maybe also get some inspiration for improvements I can propose for Mandriva 2008.1. The artwork in OpenSUSE is very nice. There are some interesting ideas we should really consider in Mandriva: possibility to read the release notes during the installation of packages, some interesting yast modules (the firwall module is way better than Mandriva’s),… But I discovered already a lot of problems by just quickly testing it out in Virtualbox: the installer (actually yast) just crashes completely when detecting the network configuration,…