Mandriva Moves in on Business Linux Desktop

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-03-12 Email Print this article Print


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Mandriva wants its share of the enterprise Linux desktop market with its forthcoming Corporate Desktop 4.0. (

Mandriva on March 8 announced the launch of the beta version of Corporate Desktop 4.0, its enterprise-dedicated Linux desktop. While best known for its home user Linux desktops, Mandriva (formerly Mandrakesoft) has long been angling for the business market with both its server and desktop offerings.

This new desktop is meant to offer corporate users a secure, mobile-friendly, Linux desktop that's easy to use and administer. It's built on the foundation of Mandriva Linux 2007, and comes with a 2.6.17 Linux kernel.

For its desktop environment, Corporate Desktop 4.0 features the 7.1 window manager and the KDE 3.5.4 desktop environment. While GNOME 2.16 is also included, this distribution is optimized for KDE.

It also includes a new tool to set KDE user rights from an LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) directory, to complement directory-based authentication.

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.


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