Mandriva Corporate Desktop 4: First impressions
It took a while but after downloading for 24 hours I finally got the image file. Tonight I installed it under VirtualBox and I was impressed. Installing a default setup (with Open SSH, KDE and IceWM) took less than half an hour. I thought “Wow”. After that I was curious how the KDE desktop would turn out in this business edition. It is no surprise I admire the balanced choices that Ubuntu has made. So, what did Mandriva have to offer.
Very little, it turned out. No default Office suite for starters. The install procedure just isn’t finished during first boot. You are confronted with a slick looking set of choices, called “stacks”. The problem is that you have install each stack separately and that takes up a lot of time again.
The Mandriva KDE desktop is just that. Your well-known KDE desktop without a real business-like style. According to the articles I read there is supposed to be a lot of business-specific features and I will definitely look into them for an “On the Bench” article. But, so far, the comparison with Novell’s offering and Ubuntu’s desktop is not good for Mandriva.
Tags: Mandriva, Linux, Ubuntu, KDE