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TheLinuxGurus.org: Mandrake 7.0 Complete [Review]

Mar 24, 2000, 18:08 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Culp)

[ Thanks to David Culp for this link. ]

"I have to admit that I had never tried Mandrake before. Sure, I had heard many people raving about it, and when I wrote my CDR tutorial many wrote in to tell me that Mandrake did all this for you. So, I decided to pick up a copy of Mandrake 7.0. After installing and using it for awhile I could have written this review in just one word, WOW. Or maybe I could have used two words like Holy and Cow together. It was more than impressive."

"Inside the box you get 3 CD-ROMS. The first CD is the boot CD and contains the distribution. The second CD is the source CD and the third CD is an "bonus" CD. On the bonus CD are Partition Magic, Boot Magic, Star Office 5.1 and five books in pdf format. The books are: Red Hat Linux 6 Unleashed, Teach Yourself KDE 1.1 in 24 hours, Teach Yourself GIMP in 24 Hours, Teach Yourself Linux in 24 Hours, and Using Linux Special Edition. You also get a 390 page User Guide and Reference Manual which is quite good, A Getting Started Manual and an Installation Guide."

"Mandrake 7.0 uses a graphical installer called DrakX. I have not met a graphical installer that I like, until now. I began installing Linux before there were graphical installers and I simply got used to text based or console installers. Most of the graphical installers I have had contact with sacrifice flexibility and power with ease of installation . This is the first graphical installer I have liked, in fact I even enjoyed it."

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