Many novice Linux users might not hear about Mandriva, but for old folks this name is very familiar. Mandriva was one the best Linux distribution back in 2000 to 2005 and for me it was the first Linux distro that I had started getting familiar with Linux world and honestly kind of falling for Linux. I still remember back in 2003 or 2004 when I had purchased Mandrake (Before becoming Mandriva) that had 3 CD-ROM disks and it was version 9.0 which facilitates with auto-mounting and multimedia codecs. Today having auto-mounting and multimedia codes looks very funny but back then as far as I can recall the only Linux distros that have those features where Suse (before sign agreement with Microsoft) and Mandrake and if not mistaken Knoppix.
I will never forget that it was Norooz and everywhere close, but I spent a whole day in different shops to get a Linux distro disks (because a week before that my classmate in high school had a presentation about Linux and I was so eager to know about Linux in my two weeks holiday) and I and finally managed to get Mandrake 9.0 which disk 3 also had some problems.
I still clearly remember that Mandrake 9.0 delivered with kernel 2.4.2X which by default didn’t have auto-mounting but they patched the kernel and later in kernel 2.6 auto-mounting feature added.
For those who don’t know what is auto-mounting the basic definition is “auto-mounting refers to the feature that OS can detect automatically that a new disk inserted into the system or a pen drive connected to USB”. And “yes” you guessed correctly if you wanted to mount partitions or CD-ROM you had to deal with mount command from Terminal.
Anyway, this is a very bad news that a great and one of the very first Linux distribution company being liquidated and it is no longer available officially. The last time I have installed Mandriva backs in 2007 and I still remember it was very good until I have migrated to Debian and Ubuntu totally.
Here is the screenshot of Mandrake 9.0 with KDE 3.0.
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