A few days ago, Mandriva released the RC2 version of Mandriva 2009.1. Release Candidates more or less contain the
final set of packages and I thought it was a good time to check what is contained in the new version which would eventually find its way to my laptop.
Mandriva 2009.1 RC2 can be downloaded from various mirrors listed in the wiki. I am a GNOME user and hence I downloaded the GNOME variant. I was also keen to see what the newer version of GNOME 2.26 offered.
The Live CD booted much faster than the previous versions. I did not time it but it was definitely faster. The boot
screen also revealed new artwork which I like better than the one in Mandriva 2009. Apart from the looks, the system was as stable as any other Mandriva release.
- Kernel: 2.6.29-desktop586-1mnb
- GNOME 2.26.0
- OpenOffice.org 3.0.1
In addition to the regular stuff like Firefox and Pidgin, Inkscape, Cheese and Kino are included by default.
- Printer config has been included in the Mandriva Control Center. It was a major oversight in the previous release and good to see that this has been fixed.
- The Live CD, as if a tradition, does not shut down properly. This time the disc is ejected but the computer does not shut down.
- Compiz Fusion did not work completely while using the Live CD. The window title bars were not visible but otherwise it looked ok.
- Another major problem I noticed was Ctrl + Alt + Backspace did not restart X.
Evolution – Email Client
I was very keen to see how Evolution imported Microsoft Outlook PST files and it did a fairly good job. However, there was something odd about the way the imported emails were displayed. The mails were shown in plain text first and then as I scrolled down, the complete HTML version was available. I am not sure whether this is a bug or feature so I reserve comment.
The calendar items imported from the PST file were nicely placed in their respective time slots on the Evolution Calendar. They were still available as emails in one of the folder, the purpose of which I did not understand.
Neither of the above noted items are Mandriva’s fault, though.
Though there are a few glitches in the RC2, I hope Mandriva would fix those in time for the release and deliver a yet another solid release.