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Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring (2009.1) is out

Is it even better than Ubuntu 9.04 jaunty? Try it and decide for yourself!

Mandriva 2009.1 One KDE4 screen shot
Mandriva 2009.1 KDE4 desktop - click to enlarge
Mandriva released today the latest version of it's popular Linux distribution, Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring (2009.1).
It delivers a range of feature enhancements and updates to improve user experience. It includes KDE 4.2.2, GNOME 2.26, Xfce 4.6, Kernel 2.6.29, OpenOffice.Org 3.0.1 and qt 4.5.0. Both 32 and 64 bit versions are available, including a dual-arch (i586 and x86_64) version.
All 2009 Spring isos can also be dumped onto a USB key and then the key used as install media. There is a tool ( and available both for Linux and Windows to do this, or the more technically experienced can use a simple 'dd'.
The distribution is available for free download in two main editions (One and Free) with several variants each. Here is an overview to help you choose the right version for you:

  • Mandriva Linux One 2009.1 (CD)
    The One edition of Mandriva Linux is a Live CD distribution, it boots and runs directly from CD, with no installation required, but it also comes with an installer allowing it to be installed to the system's hard disk, if the user wants to. It includes a range of binary drivers including Nvidia and ATI display drivers and closed source software like the Adobe Flash player.

    • Gnome versions:
      - mandriva-linux-one-2009.1-GNOME-europe-americas-cdrom-i586.iso
      languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian, Kyrgyz, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek

      - mandriva-linux-one-2009.1-GNOME-africa-asia-cdrom-i586.iso
      languages: Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Assamese, Berber, Bengali, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Igbo, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zulu

    • KDE4 versions:
      - mandriva-linux-one-2009.1-KDE4-europe1-americas-cdrom-i586.iso
      languages: German, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Turkish

      - mandriva-linux-one-2009.1-KDE4-europe2-cdrom-i586.iso
      languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, English, Estonian, Finnish, Croatian, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Ukrainian, Uzbek

      - mandriva-linux-one-2009.1-KDE4-africa-india-cdrom-i586.iso
      languages: Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Assamese, Berber, Bengali, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Igbo, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zulu

      - mandriva-linux-one-2009.1-KDE4-asia-noindia-cdrom-i586.iso
      languages: Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese

  • Mandriva Linux Free 2009.1 (CD or DVD)
    The Free edition contains only free and open source software, no binary Nvidia, ATI or other drivers (it uses open source drivers instead). It is a traditional distribution, that must be installed onto the hard disk prior to use. Once installed, it is always possible to add non-free binary drivers from the online repositories, if desired.

    • Free dual arch CD:
      Uses LXDE as a lightweight default desktop environment and can be used both for 32bit and for 64bit installations.
      - mandriva-linux-free-2009.1-dual.iso

    • Free DVD edition:
      This is the most complete version available, it includes a choice of Gnome, KDE4 and several other DEs, a vast choice of applications and all available languages including some that are not available as One editions.
      - mandriva-linux-free-2009.1-i586.iso
      - mandriva-linux-free-2009.1-x86_64.iso

To download Mandriva Linux 2009.1 follow one of these links:
Mandriva web site:
Selected mirrors: France | US West | US East | UK | Germany | Taiwan | South Africa

For further details, release notes and errata see this page:
See also: HowtoForge: The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva One 2009.1 With GNOME

[29-Apr-2009 - art-mandriva_linux_2009.1_spring_is_out]


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Mandriva Seed Tutorial

How to make a bootable Mandriva Linux USB stick from Windows using Mandriva Seed
(thanks to cheaper_popcorn for this tutorial)
  • Download the .iso of your desired Mandriva One 2009.1 CD
  • Download to your computer
  • Extract the folder mandriva-seed to where you want it
  • Insert your USB drive into the computer
  • Launch the installer by double-clicking the file mandriva-seed.exe
  • Make sure that the target device letter is your USB drive. If not, change it
  • Click the 'Browse' button, then browse for the location of the Mandriva .iso you downloaded
  • The text 'iso selected' should now appear at the lower window pane
  • Click the 'Create Live USB' button. Wait
  • The message "Complete! ([time])" shows
  • Close the window (click on X in the top right corner)
You now have a bootable Mandriva USB stick!