Mandriva on March 8 announced the launch of the beta version of Corporate Desktop 4.0, its enterprise-dedicated Linux desktop. While best known for its home user Linux desktops, Mandriva (formerly Mandrakesoft) has long been angling for the business market with both its server and desktop offerings.
This new desktop is meant to offer corporate users a secure, mobile-friendly, Linux desktop thats easy to use and administer. Its built on the foundation of Mandriva Linux 2007, and comes with a 2.6.17 Linux kernel.
For its desktop environment, Corporate Desktop 4.0 features the X.org 7.1 window manager and the KDE 3.5.4 desktop environment. While GNOME 2.16 is also included, this distribution is optimized for KDE.
It also includes a new tool to set KDE user rights from an LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) directory, to complement directory-based authentication.