Mandriva Flash 2008

The complete Linux desktop on a USB key


Mandriva Flash is a mobile 3D desktop that fits in your pocket. It is the first Linux USB Key on the market.

Plug in the key, take your Linux system everywhere with you, save and exchange your data in up to 3GB of free space! It is not only practical, easy and pleasant to use but also high-performing and innovative. Mandriva Flash will surprise you whether you are already a Linux user or not.

NEW! Mandriva exclusive migration tool makes it easy to import your documents and settings from Windows to Mandriva.
Unlike many other Linux systems it lets you read from and write to all your Windows drive - even NTFS drives - with no manual configuration.

NEW! Windows launcher
As well as booting a full Mandriva environment from the Flash, you can plug in the Flash to a system running Windows, then use Windows versions of Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird with your bookmarks and emails from your Flash system!

Ever wanted to try Linux for real? But never got through because you were afraid to format your disk? Mandriva Flash is the key! Just plug Mandriva Flash in your PC and discover a complete personal Linux desktop in a few seconds. No need to install anything on your disk, no fear of a messing with your other operating system, no need to format or repartition anything, no heavy manuals or complex documentation : just plug the key and boot into the world of Linux. Mandriva Flash is a complete and real Linux desktop: you can save your documents and preferences on the key, use all your favorite Internet, multimedia and office applications. You can even install new software and download updates, just like a normal Linux installation. Order Mandriva Flash now and discover Linux during the holiday season.

Discover Linux in a Flash

Test-drive a real Linux desktop, save your documents and settings on the key – no need to install anything on your hard drive.

Mandriva is not only fast and small: with it you can transform a PC in an impressive 3D desktop with lots of animations and effects. Impress your friends and reveal the true possibilities of their system by plugging in your Mandriva Flash desktop. With its advanced hardware detection and fine tuning of all the latest 3D technologies, Mandriva Flash will choose the best options for you. See the 3D rotating cube to change your workspaces, add a wobbly effect when you move your windows, or enjoy smooth transitions when a new window appears on your screen.

Impress your friends with your mobile 3D desktop

Enjoy the latest 3D desktop technology while on the move, and show your friends what their machine can really do with Linux.

Stay connected wherever you are

Wherever you are, and whatever the type of available link, Mandriva Flash connects you with your friends, mail, music and online life.

Offer Linux to the one you love

Protect your loved one from viruses and malware, offer them freedom of choice and the desktop of the future in a small, high-quality USB key.

Customer Support FAQ

How can I boot Mandriva Flash?

Most recent BIOS allow your computer to boot on USB devices. If not sure check this document: BIOS configuration for USB bootable devices.

How do I boot Mandriva Flash if my computer can not boot from USB?

A small bootable CD-ROM image is present on the shared partition of the Mandriva Flash USB key. It is only 3MB, so it can be burnt on a credit-card sized CD-ROM. You can then make your computer boot on this CD-ROM (and make sure your Mandriva Flash USB key is plugged), it will automatically use the Mandriva Flash USB key. Once Mandriva Flash is booted, you can eject the CD-ROM.

What do I do if I accidentally crash my USB key?

The Mandriva Flash product comes with one month of Mandriva support, please contact us if you experience some problems.

For owners of the Mandriva Flash, Mandriva has developed a utility CD which will allow you to do several maintenance / repair operations on the Mandriva Flash.

The rescue CD enables customers to:

  • reset the root or user password
  • make a backup of the Flash
  • restore from any of the last ten backups
  • test the USB key for errors
  • restore the Flash to factory settings

You can download the Mandriva Flash Rescue CD (MD5SUM to check your download) and restore your Mandriva Flash. And read the Mandriva Flash README.

Hardware Requirements

  • CPU: all Pentium, Celeron, Athlon, Duron, Sempron processors
  • RAM: 256MB minimum, 512MB recommended
  • Graphic cards: NVIDIA®, ATI™, Intel® i8xx and i9xx
  • Sound cards: all Sound Blaster compatible cards and AC97
  • CD-ROM Burner or USB-bootable BIOS

More information about BIOS configuration for USB bootable devices.