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LinuxNewbie.org: Turbo Linux Workstation 6.0 Review

Feb 19, 2000, 19:55 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dru Lee Parsec)

"The first thing that I notice is a huge 250 page manual with very detailed installation directions. The Linux distribution I normally use is Mandrake which has far less info. A nice manual like this one is a real confidence builder for a Linux newbie."

"The installation looked just like the Mandrake/Red Hat installation that I'm use to with a few exceptions."

"TurboLinux is Gnome-centric. So the KDE installation was pretty minimal. There was no search button on the tool bar. There were no icons on the desktop to auto mount the CD and the floppy. There were only about 5 desktop themes instead of the 30 to 40 you get with Mandrake, and there were far fewer games and utilities than Mandrake."

"TurboLinux comes with 60 days of free e-mail support. My intern asked a couple of questions and he said that their response was quick, kind, and accurate. I think that's a BIG advantage for a Linux newbie."

"TurboLinux has it's own sound card setup program "turbosoundcfg". However, for the life of me I could not get my card to work...'

"Overall, I was very happy with the price, the installation, the very good manual and the e-mail support. I was disappointed with the incorrect hard drive size bug, the skimpy KDE support, the incorrect companion CD (which is an honest mistake, but still an annoying one), and the replacement of linuxconf with a series of their own character based setup utilities."

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