Mandriva 2009.1 Gnome Live CD is a very nice distribution. As always you can expect a great hardware detection and I was surprised at the speed of the distro once I had it installed. This is a short tutorial on how to install Mandriva. Burn the Live CD and then boot and you will have an icon on the desktop to do the install. Double click the icon and you can get started.
The wizard, Mandriva loves wizards, will have you start and the first question is if you want to use free space on the drive or do a custom partition. This example is a simple use of all the free space. Beware that you could destroy data on the disk so make sure you have a backup of anything on the drive.
For networking you must determine if you are using wired, wireless or other options to connect to the Internet. For help in understanding all of these options see the Wireless/Networking PDF. The example shows wired network.
The Mandriva install is quick and easy to do. The only real issue is that you need to know the terms and settings for networking options that you may be using. This example shows wired network with DHCP so that it is picking up the IP Address from the router. I was impressed with the speed and it felt much faster than Ubuntu 9.04… The Gnome desktop for Mandriva is 2.26.1 and worked flawlessly, at least for the time I worked on the desktop. Nice graphics, decent speed and a Control Center for administration that is excellent. I will put up a report on the Control Center soon. You can purchase the CD or DVDs for Mandriva Here.