Mandriva 2009 beta 1 adds KDE 4.1
The Mandriva development team has released the first beta for Mandriva 2009. The release follows close on the heels of KDE’s 4.1 release, which Mandriva 2009 beta 1 already includes. Beta 1 also includes Gnome 2.23.5 and KDE 3 is still available for those not that keen on KDE 4 yet.
Mandriva’s own widget theme for KDE 4, Ia Ora, is also included for the first time in this release although the development team says that this is still under serious development so will very likely look different in the final release.
KDE 4.1 is also the version of KDE that will be included in the final Mandriva Linux 2009 release, so bug reports for this are considered critical to the development team.
The latest development release of Gnome, version 2.23.5, is included in the beta with a view to including version 2.24 in the final release.
On the desktop, Firefox is the default browser and both Firefox 2 and Firefox 3 are available.
The Splashy system is now used for displaying a ‘boot splash’ rather than the old bootsplash system. Splashy is a more modern and actively maintained system which does not require large amounts of code to be added to the kernel, as was the case with bootsplash. It also provides some new features that were not available in bootsplash.
Mandriva 2009 beta 1 also includes new tools for syncronising with Windows Mobile devices. Version 0.12 of the sync framework is installed and includes support for Windows Mobile 2003 and newer devices.
Mandriva 2009 beta 1 is available for X86-32 and X86-64 systems.
Mandriva 2009 is scheduled to be released in October this year.