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Mandriva 2010 Color
Mandriva is pretty good about offering a variety of themes and color schemes. And I can customize the colors pretty much any way I want.

However, changing the themes or color schemes refuses to change the color or look of the task bar panel!

Mandriva 2010 Screen Saver
And, Mandriva has a decent supply of screen savers. It defaults to a slide show screen saver. Where is this supposed to be, India? That might explain a few things.

Mandriva 2010 Add Media
Throughout this entire endeavor I kept getting this message that read "Warning: No medium found. You must add some media through 'Software Media Manager'."

Media? You mean like a CD or floppy? Hu?

It turns out this warning is coming from Mandriva's software update program. Opening that, it asks me to manually select a "source" for software updates. Why isn't this preconfigured?

Mandriva 2010 Languages
An interesting feature of the Mandriva KDE applications is the ability to switch language while still using the exact same version of the application. And this can be set on a per-application basis.

Mandriva 2010 Crash
Occasionally some program would crash at startup, which brings up the Crash Reporting Assistant.

At first the crash reporter complained that the "crash information is not useful enough" because I needed to install "GDB". So I hunt that down and install it. (If that is needed, why is that not installed by default?) Now it complains that the crash information is STILL not useful enough saying I need to read some freaking manual about "backtraces" and install some additional unnamed packages. Explain that to your grandmother.

As far as I can tell it won't send a report unless the crash information is "useful" enough. At least it gave no indication that it sent anything.

Mandriva 2010 Network Tools
A few applications that come with Mandriva. Firefox, OpenOffice, Gimp and a media player.

Mandriva 2010 Partition Manager
Mandriva comes with a graphical partition manager that enables you to manage and resize partitions.

For some inexplicable reason a single standard Mandriva Linux installation requires three separate disk partitions. I remember back in the 1990s sometimes a "boot" partition was needed to work around bios limits that would prevent bootloaders or some operating systems from seeing the entire drive. Also, back in the 1980s it kind of made sense to have a dedicated swap partition because going through a file system might slow things down and a swap file could potentially get fragmented (although then some people say Unix/Linux file systems won't fragment). This is certainly not an issue these days. People with gigabytes of ram really shouldn't even need swap! Still, it is infinitely better to let the user control a variable size swap file than muck around with dangerous partitioning utilities.

Also, later on I tried using this to resize an extended partition but it wouldn't let me do that. It didn't even graphically show the extended partition so I couldn't even click on it. Of course, that is probably because Linux doesn't need that. And when trying to create a partition it lists a hojiollion different partition types, including ones that are not applicable to PC platforms!

Mandriva 2010 Shut Down
Shutting down Mandrake 2010.

Oh, and that loud snapping sound was me breaking the Mandriva CD in to a bunch of pieces.