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Mandriva Linux 2007: a quantum leap

Wednesday October 04 2006

Mandriva today is proud to introduce its brand new distribution: Mandriva Linux 2007. This new version of the operating system was designed to be an even better fit for the needs and expectations all users, from the beginner to the SOHO user.

The key innovation of Mandriva Linux 2007 is the spectacular AIGLX and Xgl 3D-accelerated desktop. Mandriva is the only distribution to provide both technologies, making it compatible with the widest range of hardware; a special tool features auto-detection of the best 3D solution for your hardware. Mandriva is particularly happy to have achieved this major breakthrough in desktop appearance.

New Features

In addition, a new theme named Ia Ora ("hello" in French Polynesian) has been introduced, changing everything from window borders to widgets and icons. We have taken particular care in designing this new theme, which is simpler and lighter, more luminous, with several colors (each product has its own color) and an "iced" effect for outline windows. And we already have very good feedback from users.

Mandriva also developed Invictus Firewall, a high-availability redundant firewall cluster system. Multiple firewall machines can be set up so in case one breaks down or requires maintenance, users can keep on working. This feature is available in Mandriva Linux Powerpack+ 2007.

Besides the qualities that ensured the success of the 2006 version, Mandriva Linux 2007 includes the latest innovations in the fields of office suite applications, Internet, multimedia and the new virtualization and 3D-accelerated desktop technologies. Not only does Mandriva Linux 2007 bring to you the most advanced Linux operating system, but it also includes some very special new software. Now you can:

  • Watch all your favorite movies legally on LinDVD, the first fully-integrated DVD player designed for Linux, and the most complete solution available on the market;

  • Play video games with TransGaming's Cedega (retail price: $5 per month), specifically designed for running games written for Microsoft Windows® under Linux;

  • Discover FlatOut (retail price: $39.99), the famous car racing game;

  • Enjoy 6 months of anti-virus protection with Kaspersky (retail price: $49.95);

  • Benefit from the powerful BitDefender (retail price: $49.95) to secure and manage your most valuable asset: information;

  • Run and manage any virtual machine with VMware Player, an integrated system virtualization solution.

Moreover, Mandriva Linux 2007 users can make unlimited voice calls for free with Skype, import, manage and play music with amaroK or Banshee, easily install, uninstall and update software with a new integrated version of the rpmdrake software management tool, and preserve files and folders with Arkeia Smart Backup.

Different versions for different tastes!

As usual, Mandriva Linux 2007 is available in three versions: Discovery (for the Linux beginner), Powerpack (for the advanced computer user) and Powerpack+ (for SOHO users).

Finally, an updated, Mandriva Linux 2007-based version of Mandriva One, the all-in-one live CD, will be available with the 2007 launch. Simply insert the Mandriva One CD in your CD-ROM drive to launch the system and access office, Internet and multimedia tools, with no need to install. Later, if you choose to, a few clicks are all that is needed to install Mandriva One onto your hard drive, along with any files you created while in Live mode. Once installed, Mandriva One can be used, updated, expanded and maintained just like any other copy of Mandriva Linux 2007.

Mandriva Linux 2007 also include the most up-to-date versions of key open source products such as:

  • kernel 2.6.17

  • GCC 4.1

  • GNOME 2.16

  • KDE 3.5.4

  • glibc 2.4

  • Xen 3.0

  • Mozilla Firefox

  • OpenOffice.org 2.0.3


“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Mandriva again, especially in what we see is a great response to a growing demand. Mandriva has established itself as a leading provider of the Linux OS with a global distribution channel and makes their product available to over 140 countries. This partnership not only extends TransGaming's product offering to new territories across the globe, but also significantly differentiates Mandriva Linux from other Linux versions,” says Vikas Gupta, CEO of TransGaming.

”We are excited of Mandriva's approach to offer enhanced entertainment and multimedia features in their new distribution. InterVideo's LinDVD is the right software combining all the features you would expect to find in a standard consumer DVD player plus some very advanced functionality,” says Andreas Pestke, Sales Director of InterVideo.

"For Mandriva Linux 2007, we decided to go back to the roots of Mandriva's success: integration of the latest technology into a stable, consistent and easy to use system, in the spirit of open source and choice that only Mandriva is able to offer," says Florent "Warly" Villard, Consumer Product Manager of Mandriva.

About Mandriva

Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, is the publisher of the popular Mandriva Linux operating system, one of the most full-featured and easy to use Linux systems. The company offers its enterprise, government, and educational customers a complete range of GNU/Linux and open source software and related services. Mandriva products are available in more than 140 countries through dedicated channels and also from Mandriva Store, the company's online store. Born in 1998, the company has offices in the United States, France and Brazil.

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