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PCBurn.com: Mandrake Linux 9.2 AMD64 Review

Jan 29, 2004, 10:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Travis Tilley)

[ Thanks to Chris Bergeron for this link. ]

"For those of you expecting a rundown of all the features in Mandrake 9.2 or a large number of screenshots, this is probably not the right article for you. However, if you have an AMD64 box and are looking to install a Linux distribution on it this just might help you make a decision on what or what not to install. One of us here at the `Burn actually has a job that involves working with Mandrake boxes and tech support and would probably have a good idea of the possible pitfalls and already know how to go about avoiding them. Unfortunately, I am certainly not that person and I jumped into this install just a little too enthusiastically and with overly high expectations.

"The first thing that hit me when I booted the AMD64 Mandrake Linux 9.2 CD was the fact that it uses a 2.4 series kernel. I know some of you are already groaning or rationalizing that the 2.4 kernel would obviously be the most stable and tested kernel series since 2.6.1 has only been recently released and there are still many bugs yet to be fixed. If this was a distribution for x86, I might be inclined to agree with you, but for an AMD64 box this just isn't so..."

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