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Mandriva 2010 Drives
Instead of placing drives on the desktop, Mandriva uses a "Device Notifier" to manage external media and adds them to the Places panel.

Oddly, I could not get Mandriva to recognize any regular CD-ROMs, but it did eventually recognize a Windows 7 DVD. Is it trying to tell me something?

Mandriva 2010 Widgets
That doodad always present in the upper right controls the addition of "widgets" to the desktop. Widgets act as part of the desktop and do not cover other windows.

Mandriva 2010 Panels
Widgets and icons can also be placed in toolbar like "Panels". The taskbar at the bottom of the screen is actually a "Panel".

Getting these to the desired size and position is more than a bit troublesome, however. They tend to cover things you don't want them to cover and by default they reduce the amount of icon space available. The sliders it uses for length are a little confusing, and to resize the width of a panel you must grab and drag the resize BUTTON on the panel settings.

Mandriva 2010 Save As
There is a lovely variety of open/save dialog boxes. Firefox and OpenOffice both use their own dialogs, and each works significantly different. This is a bad thing.

Mandriva 2010 Browse Network
Mandriva can graphically browse SMB file servers and shares.

A really good thing is that from the desktop and standard KDE applications, it is possible to address Windows file shares using path names such as "smb://server/share/file". This is similar to Windows NT 3.1 UNC naming, which would look like "\\server\share\file", and was intended to replace the messy process of mapping or mounting drives.

It was quite nice being able to take a screen shot, and save the file directly to the shared folder just by typing in the name.

Except this dosn't work in OpenOffice or Firefox because they don't use the standard KDE mechanisms!

Mandriva 2010 Sound
A screen shot can't quite show it, but Mandriva has a number of sounds for various system events.

Although it seems some pieces like this login box (when I hit the backspace key with no text present) insist on beeping the PC speaker instead outputting through the standard sound device.

Mandriva 2010 Help
Mandriva has a built in help system, but it has a number of problems:

  • Apparently only one help file can be open at a time.
  • Most help topics seem to be missing.
  • Trying to use the search forces you manually create some kind of index
  • Creating an index displays a message with "details" that are mumbo jumbo presumably useful only to the system developers.
  • After creating a search index the "search" button is still grayed out. And I now need a new keyboard because I just angrily smashed mine to bits.
Mandriva 2010 Control Panels
Mandriva has two control panels. One for options that have more to do with user oriented features or the desktop, and one for more advanced system level things.

The desktop control panel looks much like the MacOS X control panel. The other one looks more like a web page.