The first release candidate for Mandriva Linux 2009 is out, ready for testing: “Mandriva Linux 2009 Release Candidate 1 is available on public mirrors now. The main new features of RC1 (compared to Beta2) are: automatic repository configuration and mirror selection in package management tools (powered by aria2); ath5k replaces MadWifi for Atheros wireless cards; new graphical theme (backgrounds, screensavers); based on kernel 2.6.27; KDE 4.1.1, GNOME 2.23.91; new design for installer; improved system-config-printer; improved Ia Ora theme for KDE4; others features and bug fixes.”

See the release announcement and release notes for further information. Quick download links to the installation DVDs (i586 and x86_64) and live CDs with KDE4 or GNOME (i586 only): mandriva-2009-dvd-i586.iso (4,017MB, MD5), mandriva-2009-dvd-x86_64.iso (4,015MB, MD5), mandriva-2009-rc1-KDE4-i586.iso (694MB, MD5), mandriva-2009-rc1-GNOME-i586.iso (600MB, MD5).