The legacy of Mandrake Linux: Rosa Linux
At the end of 90`s Mandrake Linux was the most popular distribution out there. Most thing that are today said about Ubuntu where first said about Mandrake. It was the number one distro from 1998 util 2004. User friendly, easy to use, easy to install, lot of preinstalled software, most popular by new users and Mandrake made at that point most users to change on Linux. All that is today said about Ubuntu. Yeah, Mandrake had also free shipping for DVDs back then. But soon the empire started to fall apart. In 2004 Mandrake had died. In 2005 Conectiva, the company who bought Mandrakesoft announced and released Mandriva and in 2006 they fired Gael Duval. Duval was the author of Mandrake. The new distribution, Mandriva, was nothing like good old Mandrake and it made lot of users to change their system. Fast forward to 2014 and let us have a look on the legacy of Mandrake Linux. Last stable release of Mandriva was in 2011 and it was not really stable. But in last 10 years Mandriva inspired many users and developers and new distributions popped out. One of them is Rosa Linux. Rosa Linux is a Russian Linux distribution.
Rosa comes with KDE desktop, GNOME, LXDE and an custom app luncher. This luncher is borrowed from 2011 edition of Mandriva. Before downloading we can choose between LTS and the newest versions (called fresh). I downloaded the latest Rosa.
When first booting in the Rosa live environment, the system will ask it’s potential user to choose his language and keyboard settings and the next step is to accept the license.
After accepting the license we can use Rosa`s KDE, or should I say Mandrivas KDE taste. As Mandriva derivate distribution, Rosa feel and looks much like Mandriva. The live
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