There have been tense moments (both externally and internally) and lines had to be drawn, a process that aimed at being constructive, but resulted a painful one nonetheless.
Decisions were made and not everyone was pleased. The list includes a name for the foundation, its identifying visual signs, the official release of the distro and, more recently, the name of the distribution. For some, it was Moondrake, for others, Mandriva; today, we know it has been called OpenMandriva (just like the foundation).
Although not many people talked about this, there was an official alpha released and I decided to install it to a VM to see what it offers. These are my findings:
Same installer that we have known (I was relieved to see the infamous "crazy penguin"!) and there were no problems there. However, one new feature is that it puts GRUB 2 on your system to boot it up.
A bit more elegant and polished than the one on Mandriva 2011
The ROSA SimpleWelcome, Rocket Bar, etc, seem to have come to stay. They are more polished, though.
|Default wallpaper ("Moondrake")|
|A Wallpaper I added to test different elements|
|The ROSA SimpleWelcome. It covers your wallpaper|
|A broom appears if you want to clean your recently accessed files (convenient)|
|The applications tab. Not many programs here yet|
This includes the new characteristics that the ROSA distribution sports. Now it has to sections (My Local Documents and Social Networking Sites) that become ready for use after you activate Nepomuk.
|Nepomuk did a great job at picking the files I used|
The second part, however, is not something I like but I know many people who would fall in love with it: Social Networking. I have never been a fan of social networking sites. However, I set up a Facebook account that I have and never use to see how Timeframe would work with it. The process was quite simple.
|You just click on the corresponding icon to get started|
|The last silliness someone shared jumps in front of your eyes|
|You can share your own silliness, too!|
After all, I became a Linux user thanks to Mandriva. I hope the OpenMandriva team can manage to save the distro that showed me that a different computer paradigm is possible.