Mandriva Linux - the force behind what was once called Mandrake Linux, has announced that the free edition of its 2006 operating system is now available for download. The company, who began shipping boxed versions of its 2006 operating system earlier this month, has confirmed that ISO files of the OS are now available for download on the usual mirrors.

New features of this OS include:

* Linux kernel 2.6.12-12mdk
* KDE 3.4
* Kat desktop search tool
* OpenOffice 2.0
* Interactive firewall
* Official support for Intel's Centrino mobile technology
* Full integration of Skype
* Auto-installation server
* Smart package manager
* Integration of Conectiva's and Lycoris's technologies