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Linux Orbit: Making Linux Work In the Workplace: The Consumer Experience (Mandrake 7.2)

Nov 27, 2000, 18:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terril West)

[ Thanks to John Gowin for this link. ]

"MandrakeSoft had to have its new retail OS ready to ship to stores by a certain date, and in order to do so, they stuck KDE's final beta in the box, instead of waiting for the final release. That's not very good business practice in my book. Now, in MandrakeSoft's defense, they did put the version containing the full KDE 2.0 release in later boxed sets, and on their FTP site. There was also a notation on the packaging, stating that it contained the beta version of KDE 2.0, but those things can't help you when you when you are ordering off the web, or if you don't have fast web access."

"MandrakeSoft's commitment to create an easy, newbie friendly distribution for the masses has put the burden of responsibility squarely on it's shoulders. As a user-friendly distribution, Mandrake will be many people's first look at GNU/Linux, and as such will determine whether they stay and play, or go running for Redmond. They have had a pretty good history when it comes to the Open Source community in general, being members of both the GNOME Foundation, and the KDE League, as well as Open Source software evangelists to anybody that will listen. Now it is time for Gael Duval and crew to focus on the consumer, the future of GNU/Linux."

"Note: The above commentary was written before MandrakeSoft made ramifications by offering those who registered the "7.1.99" version a free upgrade to "7.2" no questions asked. See the Mandrake Forum on their web page ( for the complete story. Kudos to MandrakeSoft for showing it cares about the customer!"

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