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An "enum" for Python 3
An unexpected perf feature
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A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
First sentence. What's unclear about that?
The first Mageia alpha is available
Posted Feb 15, 2011 18:49 UTC (Tue) by orev (subscriber, #50902)
Posted Feb 15, 2011 20:08 UTC (Tue) by corbet (editor, #1)
Posted Feb 16, 2011 6:26 UTC (Wed) by eru (subscriber, #2753)
Someone new to Linux might not know what Mandriva is. Language? Database? An e-learning system for training mandrills? OK, the answer can be found with a simple web search as always, but adding two or three words to give this context would be friendly.
Posted Feb 16, 2011 9:28 UTC (Wed) by Priscus (subscriber, #72409)
Mandrake was the Ubuntu of its time, before it was gutted by a combination of bad calendar (IPO while the dot-com bubble was bursting), stupid investors (who wanted Mandrake to spread itself into other activities like e-learning), Hearst Publishing (Mandrake the Magician wanted his name back, Mandrake had to pay them to shut up and change their name) and overall crappy management (Mandriva communication was the anti-Ubuntu: bad, bad, baaad).
Technically, they were a mix of Redhat and Debian (Redhat layout, but debian menu, the first RPM equivalent to apt and online repositories) with KDE and good administration tools that still allowed for old-school configuration. Good stuff, but their Q&A was not always up to snuff (the joke was a good release followed by a crappy one).
Good luck to them, they did much for early Linux useability, and the distribution remains a cut above most of the crowd. I've been using them since the 5.2 days, and all my forays into other distributions have been disappointing.
Posted Feb 16, 2011 13:35 UTC (Wed) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
.. And someone might not know what Language or Database means in computer parlance. LWN is not catering to complete newbies. If someone doesn't know what Mandriva is, google up.
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