|Dolphin and Folder View|
|KDE Main Menu and Mandriva Control Center|
|Firefox and OpenOffice.org|
The only problem I had was that as I tested this distribution a few times, once or twice the panel would not appear during startup. I hope this is just a VirtualBox issue (and not a persistent Mandriva issue).
(OK, so I am going to make the comparison after all.) If I had included Mandriva in the original comparison test, I would probably have included it between Sabayon and Pardus, as Mandriva doesn't have a configuration tool quite like Pardus does (but is just as good (or even a little better, especially in terms of software repository sizes)). This also puts it way ahead of PCLinuxOS. (I would then also need to test Mandriva on my old computer to see if my USB webcam is recognized.) I really like the solid and comforting feel of the whole Mandriva experience, and would wholeheartedly recommend it for any newbie who is willing to try out a somewhat different OS (i.e. any KDE-based Linux distribution). I hope I have sufficiently satisfied the readers of this blog!