Despite Oracle giving over OpenOffice to the community, another major Linux distribution has jumped ship from OpenOffice.org to LibreOffice. The distribution we are talking of here is Mandriva. After Ubuntu 11.04 and Fedora 15 (both under different stages of development) dumped OpenOffice.org for LibreOffice, it was clear that most of the other distributions would follow suite as well.
Two days ago, Mandriva 2011 Beta 2 was released and in the release, the Mandriva developers have decided to go with LibreOffice rather than OpenOffice.org. Technically there is very little difference between OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice right now. However, by switching over to the community developed LibreOffice rather than Oracle’s OpenOffice.org, Mandriva is putting their weight behind the open source community.
Beside LibreOffice, Mandriva 2011 beta 2 also has a new application launcher. I am not sure what to make of that launcher right now but it looks like it will be quite cumbersome to use.
Other features in Mandriva 2011 Beta 2 includes Linux 220.127.116.11, GCC 4.6, systemd 24 and Bash 4.2. The desktop environment is KDE SC 4.6.2 and Clementine is the default music player. Firefox 4.0 is the default web browser.
Announcing the release of Mandriva 2011 beta 2, Eugeni Dodonov had this to say:
For this release, most of the UI and desktop-related features should be integrated, including new login manager functionality, stack folders integration into the environment, new welcome and launcher application, new panel and overall desktop look-and-feel. It also features new default theme and artwork.
This beta release will be followed by a release candidate in May and the final release is expected in June.
If you want to test Mandriva 2011 Beta 2, you can download it using torrent from http://torrent.mandriva.com/public/
Remember that this is a development release and should not be used on a production machine.