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Linux kernel 2.6.11.6

Mandrake 10.2 is Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 -- But It's Still Mandrake Linux

The name has changed, not the company or the products! Gaël Duval, Mandrake Linux founder.

Mike Angelo -- 30 April 2005 (C) -- Page 1

To learn why Linux is so much a better choice than is Microsoft Windows, please see our article Gaël Duval Tells Why Mandrake Linux Is Better Than MS Windows

To learn how to run MS Windows-based software and accessories in GNU-Linux, please see our article Crossover Office 2.1 Runs MS Windows Software on GNU-Linux Systems

About Linux Distributions

For more about GNU-Linux distributions and how they are put together, please see Anatomy of a Linux Distribution in our article SCO Clears Linux Kernel but Implicates Red Hat and SuSE.

Under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL), the GNU-Linux operating system is free and open source software (FOSS) and no one can charge for it. However, Linux companies such as MandrakeSoft, Conectiva, Novell, Red Hat, SUSE, and others that add to the basic GNU-Linux OS may charge for the added value and for distributing the GNU-Linux OS. They also can charge for services such as product support, documentation, and so forth.

Mandriva (formerly MandrakeSoft and Conectiva) has released Mandrake Linux 10.2. But, this Mandrake Linux distribution has been released under the name Mandriva Limited Edition 2005. It appears that an actual combination of Mandrake Linux and Conectiva Linux product will not be released by Mandriva until Fall 2006.

There will be no retail-box editions nor will there be Discovery, PowerPack, and PowerPack+ editions of Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 -- just a DVD set available directly from Mandriva. The Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 DVD is somewhat similar to what heretofore has been the Mandrake Linux PowerPack edition. Price is $65 US.

There also is a free download edition. Please see the Resources Section at the end of this article for the link.

Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 moves from the 2.6.8 Linux kernel used for Mandrake Linux 10.1 to the 2.6.11.6 kernel.

In late February 2005 MandrakeSoft, developer of Mandrake Linux, acquired Conectiva, developer of Conectiva Linux. At that time, Mandrake Linux 10.2 was well on its way to release.

By 13 April 2005, Mandrake Linux 10.2 was ready for release. However, in order to reflect the new name of MandrakeSoft that had been selected to express the Conectiva acquisition, Mandriva, the new Mandrake Linux release was renamed to Mandriva Limited Edition 2005.

Despite the name Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 is, in actuality, Mandrake Linux 10.2.

We discussed this with Mandrake Linux founder and MandrakeSoft co-founder, Gaël Duval. Incidentally, Gaël now lists himself as Co-Founder, Mandriva (formerly Mandrakesoft).

That's interesting in itself. For example, the Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 press release states: People have always turned to Mandriva Linux for the latest and hottest in Linux. The press release also says: Mandriva has won many awards for quality and technical innovation. "Born on the Internet" in late 1998. However, this is the very first Mandriva release -- more about that further on.

Here is part of our 13 April and 14 April 2005 e-mail discussion with Gaël Duval, plus some additional comments from 26 April 2005:

MozillaQuest Magazine: Whatever happened with Mandrake 10.2?

Gaël Duval: It's now called Limited Edition 2005.

MozillaQuest Magazine: Is Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 actually the same product as Mandrake 10.2 with a different name?

Gaël Duval: Exactly!

MozillaQuest Magazine: What features of Conectiva Linux have been incorporated into Mandriva Limited Edition 2005?

Gaël Duval: No features. They will appear in Mandriva 2006 Official by next fall.

MozillaQuest Magazine: What will the next Mandriva distro be and approximately when will it be ready for release?

Gaël Duval: (please see above)

MozillaQuest Magazine: Will there be a retail-box, Mandriva Limited Edition 2005?

Gaël Duval: No - we only ship a DVD set through our online store.

MozillaQuest Magazine: I just checked your Web site and it shows a retail box?

Gaël Duval: This is a DVD case actually (with 2 DVDs).

MozillaQuest Magazine: Will there be Discovery, PowerPack, and PowerPack+ editions of Mandriva Limited Edition 2005?

Gaël Duval: No.

MozillaQuest Magazine: Which of the Discovery, PowerPack, and PowerPack+ editions is the Mandriva Limited Edition DVD most like?

Gaël Duval: PowerPack

MozillaQuest Magazine: Do you have a list of all the packages in Mandriva Limited Edition 2005, or at least more informative/comprehensive list than what is in the press release and on the Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 Web page?

Gaël Duval: Not yet...

[NOTE: Please see the Resources Section at the end of this article for a link to the Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 packages list.]

MozillaQuest Magazine: [According to the press release] "People have always turned to Mandriva Linux for the latest and hottest in Linux. How could "People have always turned to Mandriva Linux" when this is the first release of Mandriva Linux?

Gaël Duval: The name has changed, not the Linux distribution!

MozillaQuest Magazine: [According to the press release] "Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, is the publisher of the popular Mandriva Linux operating system" Does this mean there will continue to be a Mandrake Linux distro too?

Gaël Duval: No - it's now Mandriva Linux.

MozillaQuest Magazine: [According to the press release] "Number 1 in several countries, Mandriva has won many awards for quality and technical innovation. "Born on the Internet" in late 1998". How can Mandriva have won awards when you just released the first edition of Mandriva? How can Mandriva have been born in 1998 when this is the first Mandriva release?

Gaël Duval: The name has changed, not the company or the products! You could have asked me the same questions when we switched from Mandrake Linux to Mandrakelinux and from MandrakeSoft to Mandrakesoft.

Here is a partial list of software and versions from the Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 press release -- plus a few highlights from the Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 press release:

  • - Linux kernel 2.6.11.6
  • - KDE 3.3.2 (with some backports from version 3.4, including kpdf)
  • - GNOME 2.8.3
  • - Firefox 1.0.2
  • - GCC 3.4.3
  • - The GIMP 2.2
  • - Cdrecord 2.01.01a21 (with DVD+R dual-layer support)
  • - OpenOffice.org 1.1.4
  • - MySQL 4.1.11

"Limited Edition 2005 provides better support for removable devices such as digital cameras, CD-ROM drives and USB keys through immediate detection of devices as they are plugged in, and by allowing you to boot the installation from a USB key."

"A special feature that will certainly appeal to gamers and enthusiasts is that the new release from Mandriva has support for the Xbox console, empowering users to bridge the divide between gaming and other computer activities. Additional hardware enhancements include full support for Adaptec Host RAID controllers (RAID, SCSI, SATA) and extended recognition for the most recent flat screen monitors, including widescreen resolutions."

We have not tried Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 yet.


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Books

  • The definitive computer hardware book:

Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 16th Edition, Scott Mueller, Que, ISBN: 0789731738. $60


  • Some Interesting Linux Books

Acing the LINUX+ Certification Exam, Patrick Regan, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131121553. $88

Beginning Linux Programming, 3rd Edition, Matthew and Stones, (Foreword by Alan Cox), Wiley. ISBN: 0-7645-4497-7. $40

Building Applications with the Linux Standard Base, Linux Standard Base Team, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-145695-4

Building Clustered Linux Systems, By Robert Lucke, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-144853-6. $50


Novell Certified Linux Engineer (Novell CLE) Study Guide, Robb Tracy, Novell Press, ISBN: 0789732033. $60

Expanding Choice: Moving to Linux and Open Source with Novell Open Enterprise Server, Jason Williams/Peter Clegg/Emmett Dulaney, Novell Press, ISBN: 0-672-32722-8. $30

Fedora 3 Unleashed, Bill Ball and Hoyt Duff, Sams, ISBN: 0672327082. $50.

Knoppix Hacks - 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools, By Kyle Rankin, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00787-6. $30


Linux Bible, 2005 Edition, Christopher Negus, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-7949-5. $40

Linux Desktop Garage, By Susan Matteson, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-149419-8. $30

Linux Desktop Hacks - Tips & Tools for Customizing and Optimizing your OS, By Nicholas Petreley, Jono Bacon, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00911-9. $50

Linux in a Nuthsell, 4th Ed., Siever, Figgins, and Weber, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00482-6. $40

Linux Kernel Development, 2nd Ed., Robert Love, Novell Press., ISBN: 0672327201. $45

Linux Network Architecture, By Wehrle, Pahlke, Ritter, Muller, and Bechler, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131777203. $50


Linux Programming by Example: The Fundamentals, Arnold Robbins, , Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN: 0131429647. $40

The Linux Process Manager: The internals of scheduling, interrupts and signals, By John O'Gorman, Wiley, ISBN: 0-470-84771-9. $35

Linux Quick Fix Notebook, By Peter Harrison, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131861506. $40

Linux Troubleshooting Bible, Christopher Negus, Thomas Weeks, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-6997-X. $30


Mandrakelinux Discovery 10.1 - Your First Linux Desktop, By Mandrakesoft, Mandrakesoft, ISBN: 2-84798-085-7. $64

Mandrakelinux PowerPack 10.1 - The Full Power of Linux Desktop, By Mandrakesoft, Mandrakesoft, ISBN: 2-84798-086-5. $87


Official Fedora Companion, Nick Petreley, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-5836-6. $20

Operating Systems, 3rd Edition, Deitel, Deitel, and David, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131828274. $103

Optimizing Linux Performance: A Hands-on Guide to Linux Performance Tools, By Phillip Ezolt, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131486829. $50


Point & Click Linux!, By Robin Miller, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131488724. $30

Principles of Network and System Administration, 2nd Edition, Mark Burgess, Wiley, ISBN: 0-470-86807-4. $50


Running Linux, 4th Ed., Welsh, Dalheimer, Dawson, and Kaufman, O'Reilly, ISBN, 0-596-00272-6. $45

SUSE Linux 9 Bible, Justin Davies, Roger Whittaker, William von Hagen, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-7739-5. $40

Understanding the Linux Kernel, 2nd Edition, Daniel P. Bovet and Marco Cesati, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00213-0. $50

Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager, Mel Gorman, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN: 0131453483. $60


UNIX Shells by Example, 4th Edition, By Ellie Quigley, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 013147572X. $50

Resources

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