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Mandriva Linux 2010 SPring Beta 2 is available for tests

May 03, 2010, 07:04 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Anne for this link. ]

"Major features
Mandriva tools
Guest account

Many improvements in guest account management: use of restricted shell, restricted access to other user's files, prevent access for most of Mandriva administration tools...

"Diskdrake / Installer

"File system encryption has been improved and made easier both in diskdrake and installer. "Encrypted" is no longer listed as a Filesystem, but as a checkbox in the creation window. This allows to specify a filesystem to use inside the encrypted partition, while it used to be forced to be ext3/ext4. Another change is that there will be no longer a "dmcrypt" tab listing on the encrypted partitions from various disks. Instead they are displayed in-place, identified also by a lock icon. Passphrase will be asked at boot time. Please note that Plymouth is not able for now to handle messages if you have several encrypted partitions. So one advice would be to use the same passphrase for all encrypted partitions.

"As a reminder /boot can not be encrypted, so you need to have a separate unencrypted /boot if you decide to encrypt the root partition /. Encryption management is usable only on Free DVD and Free dual editions.

"As a side effect, cryptoloop support, which is obsolete, has been removed completely.

"Media management

"New tag "media_type" has been added in media.cfg. One of the first application is to be able to manage easily media. Non-Free media will not be added anymore on Free installation. More functionnalities coming."

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