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Mandriva 2006 Released to Public -- But Now It's Mandrake + Conectiva + Lycoris

Mandriva today unveils the new version of its operating system, merging pioneer technologies from Conectiva and Lycoris, as well as spanning for the first time a one-year release cycle.

Mike Angelo -- 13 October 2005 (C)

[Updated 14 October 2006]

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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, Conectiva, and Lycoris) released Mandriva 2006 to the public today. It sports the 2.6.12 Linux kernel. Mandriva 2006 replaces Mandriva Limited Edition 2005, aka Mandrake Linux 10.2.

In an e-mail message to MozillaQuest Magazine the Mandriva Team notes: Mandriva today unveils the new version of its operating system, merging pioneer technologies from Conectiva and Lycoris, as well as spanning for the first time a one-year release cycle.

According to today's press release, Mandriva 2006 comes in three editions, "Discovery/Lx (for the Linux beginner), PowerPack (for the advanced computer user) and PowerPack+ (for SOHO users)" in both 32-bit and 64-bit distributions. It has been available to Mandriva Club members for several weeks now. Today marks the release of Mandriva 2006 to the public and to the retail channel.

It appears the retail packs are not quit ready yet but Mandriva 2006 is available to everyone for paid downloading from Mandriva now. The free download version is not yet available. [However, please see Update Note below.]

The retail packs are expected to be ready in about a week and the free download version is expected to be available in a few weeks.

We have not tried Mandriva Linux 2006 yet. But we have tried and used Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 extensively and we like it!

We rated Mandriva Linux LE 2005 as a good desktop Linux. For more about our rating Mandriva as a good desktop Linux, please see the articles in our In Pursuit of Good Desktop Linux series, Network Neighbor-hood and MS Windows Partitions and Ease of Use and Ease of Migration Overview -- KDE, GNOME, and MS Windows Desktops.

A good place to get real-time help with Mandriva Linux is in the #Mandriva channel on EFNet IRC. There is a link to it in the Resources section at the end of this article.

[Update Note: While the free edition of Mandriva 2006 CD and DVD ISOs are not available yet, you still can download a free version of Mandriva 2006. Here is a little tip and trick that Mandriva's Gaël Duval (founder of Mandriva Linux, originally Mandrake Linux) passed on to us in an e-mail discussion after we published this article.

Gaël Duval: "Actually the download version is online with the full install tree (12,000 packages): (choose public FTP mirrors)." Also, the "ISO CD & DVDs will be available later, for those who need them."

MozillaQuest Magazine: "So if I understand you correctly, Mandriva 2006 is there for free download if one knows how to pull all the right packages needed to get a working Linux installation and configuration, correct?"

Gaël Duval: "Actually it's easier than that: either you download the raw tree locally, put it on a DVD and start with the floppy or CD ROM boot image, or you can also perform an installation through the Internet from the CD or floppy image which is available in the install/ directory (along with instructions notes on how to install)."

You can look for the full install tree in the /pub/mirrors/mandrake/devel/2006.0/i586 (32-bit) and /pub/mirrors/mandrake/devel/2006.0/x86_64 (64-bit) paths on the Mandrake mirrors.

The instructions will be at /pub/mirrors/mandrake/devel/2006.0/i586/install.htm (32-bit) and /pub/mirrors/mandrake/devel/2006.0/x86_64/install.htm (64-bit) on the Mandrake mirrors. (Mike Angelo, 14 October 2006)]

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The Linux books listed below will help to show you why Linux-based, GNU operating system is a better operating system than MS Windows. And they describe and help you to use much of the free software that comes with most Linux-based distributions.

Most of the book links listed below lead you to Web pages about the books that also, there, have links to things such as Tables of Contents and sample chapters. The sample chapters are free and well worth reading.

  • 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 4 Linux All in One, By Aron Hsiao, Sams, ISBN: 0672327074. $40.

Fedora 4 Unleashed, By Paul Hudson, Andrew Hudson, Bill Ball, Hoyt Duff, Sams, ISBN: 0672327929. $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, 5th Ed., Siever, Figgins, Weber, Love and Robbisn, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00930-5. $45

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

LPIC-1: Linux Professional Institute Certification Study Guide (Level 1 Exams 101 and 102), Roderick W. Smith, Sybex, ISBN: 0-7821-4425-X. $60

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

Sams Teach Yourself Unix in 24 Hours, 4th Ed., Dave Taylor, ISBN: 0672328143. $30

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

Test Driving Linux: From Windows to Linux in 60 Seconds, David Brickner, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00754-X. $25

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

Windows and Linux Integration: Hands-on Solutions for a Mixed Environment, Jeremy Moskowitz and Thomas Boutell, ISBN: 0-7821-4428-4. $50


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