Between cooking the family's Independence Day meal (barbecued chicken and ribs on the grill, Texas toast, fries baked in the oven, corn-on-the-cob and watermelon) and doing various jobs around the house I managed to fully install Mandriva Powerpack on europa. Installation was reasonably simple and straightforward. So far it's lived up to its promise and I couldn't be happier. Biggest surprise are the recent ATI drivers installed during the overall install. Another big surprise was when I went and grabbed Firefox 3 from mozilla.org and just installed it side-by-side with Firefox 2. Firefox 3 from Mozilla performs better than the final version delivered with Ubuntu 8.04.
I'll finish up some time tomorrow. My weekends are just as busy as my workweeks, leaving little time to 'play'.
I'm beginning to notice nice little touches in the Mandriva Gnome DE. Notice in the screenshot above that Nautilus' icon view shows a thumbnail of each movie. This feature has never worked on Ubuntu since 7.10. The Ubuntu version of Nautilus would show a thumbnail for the first row, then show a reel icon for all the other movie files in my Movie directory. Oh. And I can play back streaming video from various sources again. Thanks Mandriva.