What's new in Mandriva Linux 2009.1 RC1?

Well, the most important feature of this release is draksnapshot a.k.a. the brand new system restore functionality. Another cool addition is the HDT (Hardware Detection Tool) that allows users to get a complete description of the hardware without needing to install the operating system to the hard drive.

In Mandriva Linux 2009.1 RC1, the developers offer a first glance at the 2009 Spring artwork with quite a few wallpapers to choose from. Furthermore, users now have the ability to add a special ISO to a USB drive and from there install it on netbooks or other devices that lack an optical drive.

Mandriva Linux 2009.1 RC1, which boots with either the GNOME 2.26 RC or the KDE 4.2.1 desktop environments, is built on top of Linux kernel 2.6.29 RC6. Let's have a look now at some of the packages that were updated in this release:

• X.org server 1.6.0
• Qt Creator 1.0
• Qt 4.5.0
• OpenOffice.Org 3.0.1
• GIMP 2.6.5
• Amarok 2.0.2

The installer was also improved and a new interactive firewall was added. A Live CD, a Live DVD for the 32-bit or 64-bit architecture and a Dual CD providing support for both, are available for download (see below for links). Without further ado, here is the screenshot tour showing off both desktop environments (KDE and GNOME) in Mandriva 2009.1 RC1

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