|CInstall, the Package Manager|
|System Settings Manager (older KDE 4.X-style)|
Maybe I missed a change in the purpose or focus of the distribution. Maybe the highlight of this release is a vastly-improved installer (which I did not test (admittedly, I don't remember reading about it either)). Maybe I should have waited a few days/weeks before trying this to allow all the wrinkles to be ironed out. But in my mind, Chakra seems to have gone downhill since my last test; it really needs work just to get back up to par.
(UPDATE: I realized that I had solved the problem of VirtualBox not recognizing USB devices on my old computer and that I just needed to do the same for my new computer. After doing so, I tried the live image again. Sadly, this did not help in terms of Chakra recognizing my laptop's integrated webcam. I don't know if this is a Chakra problem or a VirtualBox problem — more on that in a future review. (UPDATE: I have also tried out the Mandriva 2010 Spring live image on VirtualBox, and the webcam doesn't work there either. This is most likely a VirtualBox problem on my computer, so I will not hold this against Chakra specifically.) Also, as I now have oodles of hard disk space, I can now make large virtual hard disks as well, so I tried the installation. Unfortunately, the installer hung up on the disk partitioning step, so I had to abort the installation. Boooo. Things aren't looking too good for Chakra; they don't even have the excuse that it's an Alpha release anymore.)