Two great free Linux distros

Debian 5.0.1 "Lenny" and Mandriva Linux 2009.1

Article from Issue 104/2009

This month's DVD comes with two great Free Linux distros: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 "Lenny" and Mandriva Linux 2009.1 Free. Debian is the biggest and greatest community Linux, with hundreds of volunteers around the world working to deliver a stable, comprehensive reference distribution that serves as the basis for Ubuntu, Knoppix, and other important Linux variants.

Mandriva Linux Free is the all-free version of one of Europe's oldest and most popular Linux lines. Both sides of this month's DVD contain no proprietary applications or drivers.


Debian 5.0.1

Linux Kernel

GIMP 2.4.7

Gnome 2.22.2

Python 2.5.2

Perl 5.10.0

Icedove 2.0.0

Iceweasel 3.0.6

Mandriva Linux 2009.1 Free

Linux Kernel 2.6.29

KDE 4.2.2

Gnome 2.26.1

Firefox 3.0.8 1.6.1

VirtualBox 2.2.0

Songbird 1.1.2

OpenOffice 3.0.1

System Requirements


Processor: Pentium 4, 1GHz minimum recommended

Memory: 64MB minimum, 512MB recommended

Free Disk Space:1GB minimum, 5GB recommended


Processor: Any Intel, AMD, or VIA processor

Memory: 256MB minimum, 1GB recommended

Free Disk Space: 2GB minimum, 16GB recommended for a full setup

Additional Resources

[1] Debian:

[2] Debian Community:

[3] Debian Knowledge Base:

[4] Debian User Forums:

[5] Debian Documentation:

[6] Mandriva:

[7] Mandriva Community:

[8] Mandriva Knowledge Base:

[9] Mandriva Forums:

[10] Mandriva Club Documentation:

Double-sided DVD

This DVD is a double-sided disc. A DVD device always reads the side of the disc that is facing down. This DVD is labeled like a normal DVD – the label you see as you place the disk into the tray applies to the data on the opposite side. For instance, if you are installing Mandriva, the Mandriva label should be facing up in the tray.

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