I’m a Fulltime Linux Root User on my *OWN* home computers now, so a majority of my reviews are now focused on Linux OSes that offer ‘root‘ Logins, and there are quite a lot of them – tho a huge majority of them are Enterprise Linux OSes focused on the ‘Password Dependent‘ users.

OpenMandriva Lx 4.3 offers Logins for both the Enterprise standard user ‘n the ‘root‘ user; however, like most Linux OSes that offer both choices, there are sound issues in the ‘root‘ section. Usually the issue is in the Audio/Sound Settings area, but the issues vary:

  1. Audio/Sound Settings offer no Devices, but sound works when you want to play music or videos.
  2. Audio/Sound Settings offer no Devices, and there is no sound anywhere.

I’ll have pics in a moment, and also the new sound issues found in OpenMandriva Lx 4.3.

OpenMandriva Lx 4.3

Downloaded the OpenMandrivaLx.4.3-plasma.x86_64.iso @ 2.35 GBs, and it was a quick ‘n easy install.

Everything I tested looked ‘n worked great…except, in the ‘root‘ section, there was no Audio/Sound Settings listed at all.

That pic is showing no Audio setting at all under System Settings, and the other window is showing me trying to play a song on the SMPlayer. That is the first time I have seen that issue in the ‘root‘ user section. Probably works in the standard ‘Password Dependent‘ user section, but I rarely check there anymore.

Here is a combined pic of the normal looks in an Incorrect Audio/Sound Settings window, and a Correct Audio/Sound Settings window:

Distros that don’t have the Correct Audio/Sound Settings window in the ‘root‘ section also don’t make it into Tier One on the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page. Possible future exception will be Fedora 36 Cinnamon or KDE Plasma SPINS.

Here is the About pic:

Wid the sound issues, I didn’t even try to install the Nvidia driver.

Here is the DE pic:

Not a bad OS, but there are better ones for me…


This was my second OpenMandriva review, wid the 10/27/2020 OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 “Mercury” – ‘Top of the Line’ Linux Distro! post being the first.

I now require no annoying “Authenticate” popups or other pestering ‘Pesky Passwords’, Portability, and a NVIDIA driver installation method. Audio/Sound Settings is a semi-requirement at this time.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!