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Evil3D.net: BestLinux 2000 R3 review; Can it live up to its name?

Dec 23, 2000, 22:36 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Hailing from the homeland of Linus Torvalds himself, BestLinux has entered the Linux distribution battle. BestLinux 2000 R3 not only makes a bold claim with its name but also boasts the latest of popular software such as KDE 2.0, XFree86 4.01, StarOffice 5.2, and games galore. In fact, this version was the first distribution to have KDE 2.0 included. With claims like that, of course it means I am going to scrutinize the distro that much harder. Can it live up to the hype?"

"The boxed version of BestLinux 2000 R3 comes in a 4 CD set, includes a 380+ page manual, and is based on RedHat code. The CDs include installation, source code, games, and a software library. I found the manual to be fairly well written, covering not just distribution specific data but general Linux information from the command line and GUI. Not too shabby, and just what a Linux newbie needs to get started out. The reason I call it a fairly well written manual is because some of it is outdated, meant for an older version of BL."

"I look at BestLinux and it reminds me of Mandrake a few versions back. Still riding on the RedHat coattails, with some extras thrown in. Of course the issues surrounding the inclusion of XFree86 4.0.1 and KDE2 have left me with a pretty bad taste in my mouth. Hopefully the team over there can get their act together. Putting those issues aside, you still get a great collection of software in the extra CDs. There is simply no denying it. The Game CD will probably be my best buddy for a good while. But does BestLinux live up to its name? I personally don't think so. I think it misses that mark by a fair margin. Its lack of hardware/software configuration tools, originality, and general configuration mishaps are seriously holding it back."

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