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What You Should Expect from Mandriva 2009 Spring

Apr 15, 2009, 10:32 (3 Talkback[s])

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"What Speedboot basically does is prioritizing boot processes in order to load the graphical system first and then continue with starting the rest of the processes. As for EXT4, though many users are still kind of wary about this new filesystem, its superior performance cannot be contested. Here at Softpedia we've been using it on most of our Linux machines and we've yet to encounter any problems.

"Another interesting and certainly useful feature that will ship with Mandriva 2009.1 is the ability to look at a partition's content right from either the DrakX installer or the diskdrake partitioner. Double-checking on whether you have important files left is always a good idea, so being able to do this right before the installation is really convenient. Using the 2.6.29 Linux kernel, hardware support will also be extended in Mandriva 2009 Spring. Syslinux, upgraded to version 3.73 (version 3.74 was released a few days ago and will probably be included in the final Mandriva release), brings many new features and a new module: HDT (Hardware Detection Tool), allowing users to get a complete description of their hardware configuration right from the installation menu. Another anticipated update is X.org server 1.6, bringing improved detection/handling of input devices through the new "input hotplugging" system, as well as several fixes for Nvidia driver-related issues, improved support for Intel cards and proper multimedia key recognition."

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