Mandriva Linux 2007: a quantum leap
Posted on: 09/27/2006 10:13 AM

A press release from Mandriva:

Mandriva Linux 2007: a quantum leap

Paris, September 21 2006 - Mandriva today is proud to introduce its brand new product: 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.

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(r) 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.

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 1.5.0.7
* OpenOffice.org 2.0.3

"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.

Learn more about Mandriva Linux 2007 on:
http://www.mandriva.com/linux/2007

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 120 countries. Born in 1998, the company has offices in the United States, France and Brazil. Mandriva is traded on Paris Euronext Marché Libre (ISIN Code: FR0004159382/MLMAN; Reuters code: MAKE.PA) and the US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF). http://www.mandriva.com



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