Mandriva Linux Powerpack

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Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2008 Spring offers more than just the distribution: a selection of the best open source software with added exclusive software. With these exclusive applications, nothing is easier than playing your favorite Windows games, listening to your audio files and watching videos without worrying what format they're in. As well as this additional software, you get support which lets you get the best out of your distribution. Powerpack is the all-in-one edition for all Linux users, beginners as well as advanced users.

The Mandriva Control Center has been designed to make it easy to administer your system. Configuring your wireless connection, installing and updating your favorite applications, using 3D desktop features, and using printers and scanners are all child's play. You'll find the latest tools to secure your data, and your children: modules for parental control and easy backup.

Where ease of use meets security

10th year of innovation and Mandriva still completes its toolbox adding more modules like parental control and easy backup

Powerpack includes Cedega, the Windows game compatibility system from Transgaming, which lets you play many Windows games in Mandriva Linux. Cedega makes it easy to install, manage, configure and run your games. You get the full unlimited version of Cedega with your purchase and one month of database upgrades for future game releases. The Powerpack edition also provides a set of audio and video codecs to read the most commonly used formats. Google PicasaTM is the best way to organize, edit and share all the photos stored on your computer.

Mandriva, at the heart of multimedia and entertainment

Discover the best of games and multimedia applications on your Linux desktop.

A complete solution, with services included

Powerpack comes with essential services for new and experienced users alike: web support for installation and access to Mandriva on-line training.

The latest open source software, provided by Mandriva's development community

Since 1998, Mandriva has sponsored the Cooker development project. This is one of the oldest development communities for a Linux distributor, with thousands of participants, and a solid core of contributors evenly split between community members and company engineers. This community oriented organization enables Mandriva to participate in numerous open source projects and integrate the latest developments in the stable, official release of its product.
With a six month development cycle, Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring integrates the latest versions of:

  • KDE 3.5.9, the K Desktop Environment, and also a development preview of the next-generation KDE 4.0.3
  • GNOME 2.22, the latest stable release of the popular desktop environment
  • Kernel 2.6.24 to power a brand new base system, with a lot of new drivers and improvements to provide an enhanced desktop experience
  • The unified Compiz Fusion 3D desktop system, with tons of new effects so you can see your desktop from a new perspective
  • 7.4, the latest version of the Linux graphical sub-system.

For a detailed guide to the most exciting features of Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring, you can visit the Release Tour on the Mandriva Wiki.

Workstation class features for engineering and scientific work

Today Linux is the system of choice for a vast majority of universities, research centers, and space agencies around the world. Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring includes hundreds of scientific applications developed by the scientific community itself.

For example, Mandriva Linux features the Scilab numerical analysis software, developed by INRIA & ENPC. Scilab enables users to compute a wide range of mathematical operations, such as multiplication to high level operations such as correlation and complex arithmetic. The software is often used for signal processing, statistical analysis, image enhancement, and fluid dynamics simulations.

The library of software applications covers major engineering and scientific domains like: mathematics and numerical analysis, parallel computing, scientific data processing and visualization, computer graphics, geographic information systems (GIS), signal processing, electrical, chemistry and biology related software, artificial intelligence, physics and astronomy.

Students, professional engineers or amateur scientists can explore all the major and emerging domains of science by installing the pre-packaged applications and libraries available for Mandriva Linux.

A powerful Unix-based operating system at your fingertips

Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring is built on a solid Unix-based foundation, the same software that has been adopted by the industry for decades.

Linux is the latest generation of the Unix-based operating system family. It concentrates more than 30 years of technical innovations. With some of the most active and large development communities, Linux-based systems keep introducing innovative technologies like: 3D desktop frameworks for the X Window & OpenGL standards, real-time scheduling for professional studio applications, or advanced virtualization engines built directly into the kernel.

Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring runs on various multi-core, 32/64-bit processors, exploits the latest GPU (Graphical Processing Units) capabilities, and provides advanced filesystem features.