Mandriva, through Eugeni Dodonov, announced a couple of days ago, April 18th, the immediate availability for testing of the second and last Beta version of the upcoming Mandriva 2011 Linux operating system. This version is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures (see download link at the end of the article).Mandriva 2011 Beta 2 is powered by the latest and greatest Linux kernel 126.96.36.199 and KDE SC 4.6.2, it features new login manager functionality, integration of stack folders, new launcher and welcome applications, new panel, new theme and new artwork.
The most important feature is the switch from the old OpenOffice.org 3.2 to the new LibreOffice 3.3 office suite. Anssi Hannula’s reimplementation of graphical drivers interaction and KMS has also been integrated in Mandriva 2011 Beta 2.
"For this release, most of the UI and desktop-related features should be integrated, including new login manager functionality, stack folders integration into the environment, new welcome and launcher application, new panel and overall desktop look-and-feel." - said Eugeni Dodonov in the Mandriva blog announcement.
Highlights of Mandriva 2011 Beta 2:
· Linux kernel 188.8.131.52;
· KDE SC 4.6.2;
· Mozilla Firefox 4.0;
· Mozilla Thunderbird 3.1.9;
· LibreOffice 3.3.0;
· Clementine 0.7.1;
· K3b 2.0.2;
· Systemd 24;
· GCC 4.6.0;
· Dragon Player 2.0;
· The GIMP 2.6.11;
· Bash 4.2.
For your viewing pleasure, we've prepared a screenshot tour of this second Beta release of Mandriva Linux 2011. Enjoy!
Mandriva 2011 Release Schedule:
· May 9, 2011 - Mandriva 2011 RC;
· June 13, 2011 - Mandriva 2011 Final release.
Mandriva 2011 Beta 2 is the second and last Beta release for the upcoming Mandriva Linux 2011 operating system. In approximately three weeks we will be able to download and test the Release Candidate version.
Download Mandriva 2011 Beta 2 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a beta release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only. Please report bugs to the Mandriva Bug Tracker.