Mandriva Joins Ubuntu And Fedora In Switching Over To LibreOffice

Despite Oracle giving over OpenOffice to the community, another major Linux distribution has jumped ship from 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 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 Technically there is very little difference between and LibreOffice right now. However, by switching over to the community developed LibreOffice rather than Oracle’s, 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, 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

Remember that this is a development release and should not be used on a production machine.

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TeamViewer – Best Desktop Sharing App for Linux

Have you ever had to help someone with their computer over the phone or using text chat? It’s not easy. You can’t be sure that they are in the right place, doing what you want them to do. That’s why remote desktop (screen) sharing applications are so great.

These applications are called by a variety of names such as, remote access, remote support, remote desktop, screen sharing, and desktop sharing. The main idea behind them is that they allow one computer to see another computer’s screen over a network or the internet.

My wife and I have many friends and relatives that come to us for PC help and advice. We’ve used a number of desktop sharing apps over the years and discovered that TeamViewer is one of the best, and it’s free!

Since I’ve been spending a lot of time using Linux lately, I was happy to find that TeamViewer is also available for Linux, as well as Windows, Mac and Smartphones. It’s almost as good as being there, because I can control the remote computer as if I were sitting directly in front of it. When I need to, I can change the direction to show my PC’s screen to the other person. It even makes it easy to share files with the person on the other end.

This image below shows how simple it is to set up. (click image to enlarge it)

Mandriva 2011 Beta 1 Released

After a two days delay, the Mandriva team has released the first beta of Mandriva 2011 yesterday. This is a release meant for testing before the final version is released in June 2011.

Mandriva 2011 Beta 1 is based on the Linux kernel and has KDE Software Compilation 4.6.1 for its desktop. This Linux kernel is not the latest version available, but the KDE SC is the latest stable version. It will be upgraded to Linux kernel 2.6.38 in a later update or in beta 2. For users who do not prefer KDE SC, Mandriva is also available with GNOME 2.32.1 and XFCE 4.8.0.

Mandriva 2011 Beta 1 features the latest versions of various applications like Firefox 4 Release Candidate 1, Thunderbird 3.1.9, 3.2.0 etc. The default music player in Mandriva 2011 Beta 1 is Clementine 0.6 and Choqok is included as the default microblogging client. I find it interesting that Mandriva is still sticking with OpenOffice rather than LibreOffice unlike Ubuntu and Fedora.

Visually too, Mandriva 2011 Beta 1 has some changes. The GUI installer now uses the same theme as the default Mandriva theme. The KDE style and KDE window theme has also be changed to use Qtcurve by default.

Under the hood, this release has a lot of updated components as well. Of the updated components, mention may be made of systemd 20 , network manager, X.Org 7.5, XOrg Server 1.9.4 etc.

As with any beta software, Mandriva 2011 Beta 1 is meant for testing and should not be used in production machines. If you want to test it, you can download it from one of the mirrors in the link below.

Download Mandriva 2011 Beta 1

This beta will be followed by another beta and a release candidate. The final stable release of Mandriva 2011 is expected scheduled for 13 june 2011.

If you want more details, you can read the release note announcement here and the release note here.

If you do decide to test this beta release, do not forget to report bugs you encounter at Mandriva’s Bugzilla page.

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