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LinuxPower: Review of TurboLinux 6.0 WorkStation

Feb 29, 2000, 16:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Schaller)

[ Thanks to Erik Levy for this link. ]

"I will here review TurboLinux 6.0 based upon the freely available ISO image download. Another point that needs to be made before you read this, is that most of the problems I encounter with these distributions, like sound configuration, are fixable for the experienced user with some text file editing or downloads. But for the sake of this review I leave the problems as non-solvable if they cannot be resolved using the included system tools."

"TurboLinux still uses their RedHat based text mode only installer. In this GUI installer world this is obviously a minus, especially when it comes to catering to those new to Linux. For those of us who has been using Linux for a while it feels like getting reacquainted with an old friend. The installer offers some nice features that most of the new GUI installers fail to offer, like the option to install directly from TurboLinux's ftp server...."

"TurboLinux has ditched their old AfterStep based Turbodesk solution and adopted GNOME with Enlightenment 0.16 as their default desktop instead. This I think is a wise choice, since TurboDesk was beginning to show its age. I do think however that TurboLinux should have included the latest Gnome-compliant release of AfterStep in order for people who used TurboDesk under earlier releases to be able to keep the windowmanager they had gotten used to. In addition to Gnome, Turbodesk offers KDE and IceWM too. I think the inclusion of IceWM is nice bonus for Gnome users, since many people feel that the overlapping features of Gnome and Enlightenment can be detrimental to the integrated feel of the desktop. The sad point of their IceWm inclusion is that they haven't bundled IcePref, the IceWm GUI configuration tool."

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