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NewsForge: Web review: Berger's MandrakeUser.org

Dec 02, 2000, 16:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"A visit to the Mandrakeuser.org (MUO) website is reassuring, like holding hands with your mom when you're a little kid. She'd point to the lightning and say, "It's scary, isn't it? But you're safe with me." In much the same way, Tom Berger, the webmaster and wise man of MUO, takes Mandrake disciples deftly by the hand and leads them through Linuxland."

"Be assured, there is a lot to learn once you've taken the plunge into an Open Source operating system. The more you learn, the more you realize that resources like MUO are vital to your sanity. After all, LUGs are great, but not everyone manages to latch on to a real live mentor who is available 24 hours a day. That's where Berger's site comes in, at least for Mandrake users (though much of the advice at MUO is applicable to other distributions)."

"The site is plain-Jane, something all help-seekers should be grateful for, because fancy design and frilly graphics only slow down the answers to questions. MUO has nine major topic sections: administration, connectivity, hardware, installation, gnu/linux basics, other resources, security, troubleshooting, and X. The articles, for the most part, are easy, step by step instructions for things like using root, scheduling, using bash, upgrading the kernel, installing non-RPM programs, compiling source code, and lots of other important intelligence."

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