Mandriva's Linux-on-a-stick refreshed with Spring '09 release
I'm happy to see you, but that is an OS in my pocket
Mandriva has refreshed its Linux-on-a-stick distribution to put the pocket-sized operating system in line with its desktop Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring release.
Mandriva's 8GB USB dongle comes with a complete, bootable version of Mandriva Linux, with 6GB of the space free for saved software, documents, and system preferences.
The Mandriva Flash 2009 Spring edition also adds an option of installing the environment onto a home workstation if you're not going anywhere - or maybe just have really enormous pockets.
Updates from the Flash 2008 Spring OS include a look-and-feel derived from regular Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring release. Ezboot has also been upgraded for better booting and Codeina now allows users to manage the codecs.
The dongle's pre-installed third-party extras include Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Skype, and the Open Office suite. Additional software and updates are installed right on the key, like a regular Linux installation.
Mandriva Flash 2009 Spring is available now for €49.90 ($59.90, £42.90). The USB unit comes with one month of web support through Mandriva Expert, and support for English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Finnish, Dutch, Portuguese, and Swedish. ®
Remember free as in freedom, not free as in beer. This is precisely the sort of added value product that free software companies are supposed to make their living with, innit? If you think it's too expensive, don't buy it - the price will come down or the product will disappear if it really is too expensive. In an environment where people will pay top-dollar for a mediocre mobile phone packaged as an alien tampon-applicator, I'd say anything goes.
Come on, that's a little harsh. But be honest here, who will take Mandriva (or Ubuntu, yes, well done) up on that offer? For every "cock-fingered rabbit" willing to get squeezed to the tune of forty quid, there will be many who are happy to forego the USB stick and pay zero quid. Luckily my coding skills exceed those of a "cock-fingered rabbit" thus I can avoid the penance I should apparently be paying.
I could understand, perhaps, if the whole thing was about £20, max. The price they're charging is disproportionate.
I think I just wet myself laughing!