In a nutshell here is why; Distro´s like Mandrake and Redhat are always pressed to get the cutting edge of new verions KDE, Gnome, Mozilla etc.Also there is a big competition between the two of them, this puts pressure on their new releases that come every 6 month.A full discription and update-allerts are in This thread, subsribe to the thread and you will get a notification from this forum each time a new update comes out.( For Mandrake 9.2 Here For Mandrake 10 Here For Mandriva 2006 Here ) ( NOTE: The updates you do during install are only minimal, after the install you have to do a full update in the Mandrake Control Center ) Red Hat/Fedora: All you have to do is type "up2date" in a console or at a shell or click on that ever so annoying red exclamation mark next to the clock.Mandriva Linux (a fusion of the French distribution Mandrakelinux or Mandrake Linux and the Brazilian distribution Conectiva Linux) was a Linux distribution by Mandriva. Each release lifetime was 18 months for base updates (Linux, system software, etc.) and 12 months for desktop updates (window managers, desktop environments, web browsers, etc.).Server products received full updates for at least 5 years after their release.
Allright, now we know why to update, here is how: Mandrake/Mandriva: Mandrake Control Center -- Mandrake Update.UPDATING YOUR DISTRO A very important job to do on a regular basis is to get the updates for your distro: Bugfixes and security updates.Some distro´s need very few updates, others need long lists and large amounts of MB´s to keep them running smooth and safe.The first release was based on Red Hat Linux (version 5.1) and K Desktop Environment 1 in July 1998.It has since moved away from Red Hat's distribution and has become a completely separate distribution in its own right.When Mandriva fell upon hard times, many of the distro's developers migrated to Mageia Linux, which is still going strong and just putting the final touches on its next major version (5).Debian is a free operating system (OS) for your computer. If you would like to receive mail whenever new Debian news comes out, subscribe to the debian-announce mailing list.Operating systems that are not listed are not supported for use in a VMware Workstation virtual machine.Workstation 5.5 introduces full support for virtual machines with 64-bit guest operating systems, running on host machines with the following processors: Workstation supports virtual machines with 64-bit guest operating systems only on host machines that have one of the supported 64-bit processors.An anonymous reader writes: After struggling for the past several years, Mandriva has finally gone out of business, and is in the process of being liquidated.The company was responsible for Mandriva Linux, itself a combination of Mandrake Linux and Conectiva Linux.