|Bernie, the zombie that moved only to the sound of music|
I know that Tech Previews are not targeted to end-users but, stung by curiosity, I gave the DVD a test drive. I must confess that the distro, just like Bernie in the sequel of the movie mentioned above, still moves, dances, and even fights!
Let me share my impressions.
First, the DVD booted flawessly when I installed to a virtual machine. However, I had to give it more disk space than the average 8GB because the DVD included a lot of packages (it asks you if you want an office workstation, a gaming PC, etc). I chose a KDE desktop install.
|Installation screen: language selection|
The installer is the same that was included in the Mandriva Desktop 2011. The artwork, however, has changed: there was a bunch of friendly-looking penguins that kept me company along the way until the installation process was complete and the machine rebooted.
From that moment, my question was if Mandriva would follow the line established with the 2011 release (ROSA SimpleWelcome, launcher, Time Frame) or if it would go back to the 2010 feel, now donned by Mageia. The answer came soon enough. When I say "soon", I mean it: the desktop became operational much faster than with the 2011 and the latest ROSA releases.
|The log in screen|
|The ROSA launcher getting ready to dance|
Once the desktop loaded, I opened Mandriva Control Center to give this Linux distro release wannabe my mandatory test: Japanese IME capability. I had chosen iBus as the IME during the installation, but I had to download Anthy and some other packages from the repositories. "Bernie Lomax" passed the test; it can handle Japanese input with iBus+LibreOffice perfectly.
|A となりのトトロ background image I used in Mandriva 2012 TP|
So there you have it: Mandriva is still moving after being proclaimed dead. Now we have to see if the corpse finally rots or if a new, more vigorous distro is reborn from its ashes, like a phoenix.