It has been 10 years, since I've been using Linux as my productive, daily operating system from early 2007. I have tried many Linux distros, but my first distro was Mandriva One 2007. At the time, Mandriva Linux was a star among Desktop Linux distributions. It was beautiful, very easy to use, and the most important thing was : it supported restricted multimedia formats by default.
I was very sad when I heard Mandriva is finally discontinued in 2010. You never forget anything, anyone or any brand you have used for the first time. Mandriva is like my first, gorgeous, lovely girlfriend that I would never forget forever.
In 2012, Mandriva community continued to maintain Mandriva Linux and rebranded it as 'OpenMandriva Lx'. Later, the community released OpenMandriva Lx 2013. Until now, OpenMandriva Lx is recognized as the official continuation of the Mandriva Linux. There are also another forks of Mandriva Linux : PCLinuxOS, Mageia, anda ROSA Linux.
OpenMandriva Lx 3.01
OpenMandriva community released an updated version OpenMandriva Lx 3.01 in Christmas 2016. It comes with Linux kernel 4.9.0 and KDE Plasma Desktop 5.8.4.
OpenMandriva Control Center
OpenMandriva control center is a sophisticated control center. It controls everything of our OpenMandriva system : software management, hardware, network, sytem, network sharing, disk partition, security and boot options. Back in my old days, Mandriva Control Center was probably the most high-end tool in Linux desktop. It really helped me as a newbie to rock around my Desktop Linux system.
Just like its predecessor, OpenMandriva Lx 3.01 comes with a bunch of complete applications. There are VLC, Clementine, SMPlayer (my favorite video player), Krita, Kdenlive, Libreoffice and many other useful apps.
I've successfully installed some additional apps like Chromium Browser, Audacious, GIMP, and others using OpenMandriva Lx's default repository. Despite it's not as complete as Ubuntu repository, OpenMandriva Lx repo is beyond enough for daily basis.
The installation is very easy and simple. Advanced partitioning also presents and has complete options.
Surprisingly, OpenMandriva Lx 3.01 (64bit) consumes a relatively very little amount of memory. It only uses about 500 MB of RAM.
OpenMandriva Lx 3.01 uses KDE Plasma 5.8 default themes, which is good enough. I love the overall look, especially its lock and logout screen.
OpenMandriva Lx 3.01 is a perfect desktop. Everything works just fine, no trouble. Personally, it is a very very sweet nostalgia.