While Mandriva 2011 final will not be released until this June, a technology preview of this once very promising distribution is now available. While a number of Mandriva developers have parted ways to form Mageia Linux
, there are a number of interesting changes for this next major release.
Mandriva 2011 migrates over to using RPM5, utilizes systemd, now supports NetworkManager, provides KDE 4.6.0, and has other key improvements. Some of the main packages include Firefox 4.0, X.Org Server 1.9, the Linux 2.6.37 kernel, and Clementine 0.6.
Following this technology preview, two alpha releases are expected before month's end, the first beta should come in mid-March, another beta in April, a release candidate in May, and then the final Mandriva 2011 release around the 13th of June.
Read more via the Mandriva Blog