Logic’s Last Stand

November 5, 2009

Mandriva 2010 is a Disaster

Filed under: Computers, Freeware — Tags: , , , , — Zurahn @ 1:16 am

Perhaps feeling the need to meet the usual 6 month cycle of OS updates, Mandriva released its 2010 distibution for installation or upgrade. The transition from 2009.0 to 2009.1 was a nice improvement and I’ve been looking forward to 2010. However, my advice to all is to stay away from this one.

First up is the upgrade path. You can merely have the system download the updates and after a nice reboot, be all good to go with a fresh coat of paint. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work, anyway. Upgrading from 2009.1 to 2010 seems to crash the upgrade program once it’s done, though if you go ahead and bewilderingly reboot and hope for the best, it will boot up as 2010.

From there, the system decided it would withing a minute or two have a kernal panic and lock up. Not a fluke nor a specific program, the system would just freeze arbitrarily.

Alright, let’s try the fresh install, then. Easy enough? Well the boot loader seems to lack the option to overwrite the MBR, so you may have a problem with dual-boot set-ups if you installed Windows beforehand. Additionally with a secondary harddrive like I have, you may have to adjust your BIOS settings. That said, after restarting a couple times to get past the pop-ups that load before the keyboard and mouse drivers, I did get in.

Not much new at the surface of things, aside from being less stable and some screwed up font aliasing. Not too terrible as long as you don’t reboot. If you do, the system may load, or it may get stuck on the neverending loading screen that fails to even load the option of a verbose mode to see what’s happening.

A second attempt at upgrading yielded the best results. No sudden freezing, so it’s at least usable for the first boot. That said, the system is unstable, with X siezing up with appearance changes, and upon reboot to fix, we hit our old friend the neverending loading screen.

If you have 2009.1 installed, if you’re able to easily restore from a back-up, you may want to give it a shot and see, otherwise anyone looking at an OS look elsewhere. Either try 2009.1 or a different distribution altogether — this one’s not ready.



  1. I have had ZERO problems upgrading or completing a fresh install with dual boot windows. Are you sure you are doing it right?

    Comment by adam — November 7, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

  2. Mandriva 2010 is the worst distribution Mandriva ever published.

    I use Mandriva for 6 years and first time I cannot install this piece of crap.

    It’s not ready, that’s for sure!

    Comment by Giannis Papagiannakis — November 14, 2009 @ 8:42 am

  3. Fresh Mandriva 2010 x86_64 installation

    -> Waiting for device sda4 to appear (timeout 1min)
    -> Booting has failed.
    -> Kernel panic..

    Mandriva 2010 is crap

    Comment by Bughunter — December 7, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

  4. Tried upgrading from 2009 using CD; it crashes. I ended up doing the upgrade with online update, now I get a kernel panic on boot (trying to kill init).
    This is KDE-32, running on an AMD sempron. 2009 was running fine with no problems for months on the same hardware.

    Comment by Ralph — December 23, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

  5. I don’t honestly know what your issue is with 2010, except for the fact that maybe your download was faulty. I’ve installed 2010 on several computers and havent had a single issue, (except one notebook which didnt work with 2009.1 either)
    That being said, I’d suggest redownloading the ISO (Mandriva One GNOME) everything works great for my 2 desktops, and notebook.

    Comment by Nextwave — December 26, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

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