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Noncommercial Linux distro no. 4: Mandriva Linux

Mandriva Linux is the fourth noncommercial Linux distro in a slideshow on options for the enterprise.


Distro no. 4: Mandriva Linux

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Mandriva Linux

Current version: Mandriva Linux 2010
Code base: Mandriva
Supported hardware platforms: i586, i386, x86-64, PowerPC, MIPS, ARM
Number of users/downloads: More than 3 million users

While Mandriva contains several features geared toward desktop users, such as an easy layout and customizable features in the vein of an Apple OS, the distribution is also available for enterprise servers.

According to Mandriva, enterprise benefits include more than 20,000 software packages; several virtualization options including "qemu-kvm"; a Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualization tool; an updated network monitoring tool; the latest branch of OpenOffice.org; and solid hardware support. The distro is ideal for IT admins migrating from Windows to Linux by way of transfugdrake, a tool that makes it easy to move particular settings and files to Mandriva, according to the company's website.


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