Mandrake, Mandriva and now OpenMandriva Lx, this is the Linux distribution that changed the way we look and work with an operating system based on the eye-candy and feature-rich KDE desktop environment, now known as KDE Plasma and Applications.The stable version and also the first ever release of the OpenMandriva Lx distribution is 2013.0, and it was announced back in November 2013. It is powered by KDE 4.11.2, a smart kernel called NRJ and based on the upstream Linux kernel 3.11.6, and provides out-of-the-box support for Nvidia, Intel and AMD graphics cards.
For this first Alpha release of the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Linux distribution, the development team upgraded the Linux kernel to version 3.11.8 with support for SQUASHFS_MULTI_DECOMPRESSOR, which uses all available CPUs while booting from the ISO image, and provided reliable and working UEFI support.
Also, the KDE desktop environment has been updated to KDE SC 4.12.1 with all its goodies and more stock apps (including Plasma Media Center) for true KDE fans. Surprisingly or not the look and feel of the distribution has not yet been changed, but the team promises revamped artwork on the Beta release of OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0.
Under the hood, OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1 uses X.Org Server 1.15, systemd 208, initscripts 9.50, dracut 035, Mesa 10, support for realmd, better Java support, MariaDB replaces MySQL, support for armv7hl, SOGo integration has been improved, support for Galera has been added, and the boot manager can now be installed on the root partition.
download OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 Alpha 1 right now from Softpedia, but keep in mind that this is an early development release and it is not suitable for a production environment, as it’s intended to be used for testing purposes only.