Linux kernel 2.6.26
improved boot speed
improved DKMS (Dynamic Kernel Module Support) management
improved language selection
implementation of the PolicyKit and PackageKit technologies
improvements to the Mandriva Windows Migration and Parental Control utilities
Live Upgrade (same as Ubuntu's update-manager tool)
Splashy will replace the actual boot splash
Lots of desktop improvements
There are also some rumors that X.org 7.4 and GRUB2 will be included in Mandriva 2009. Until then, let's have a look at the screenshot tour for Mandriva 2009 Beta 1, showcasing KDE 4.1.0:
Mandriva 2009 Release Schedule:
August 19th, 2008 - Beta 2 release
September 3rd, 2008 - Release Candidate 1 release
September 23rd, 2008 - Release Candidate 2 release
October 2nd, 2008 - Official Internal release
October 9th, 2008 - Official Public release of Mandriva 2009
Mandriva 2009 will be delivered, as usual, on 100% FREE edition CDs and DVDs for 32bit and 64bit platforms, and the One edition with KDE4 and GNOME Live CDs.
Download Mandriva 2009 Beta 1 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a beta release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only. Please test Splashy, Mozilla Firefox 3, the hardware compatibility, hibernation functionality, missing software, and report bugs to the Mandriva Bug Tracker.
Also, you can download the stable release, Mandriva 2008.1, right now from Softpedia.