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Linux-World.dk: Review: Linux-Mandrake 7.2 PowerPack Deluxe

Dec 31, 2000, 13:43 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frederik Dannemare)

[ Thanks to Frederik Dannemare for this link. ]

"When it comes to printing, DrakX offers you to choose between the well-known lpr or the new, and more powerful, CUPS (Common Unix Printing System). You can setup local, remote and SMB printers. I am very pleased to see that - for the first time ever - a distribution is able to autodetect my cheap Canon BJC-2000, but for some reason printing a test page didn't work. Had the same problem with Mandrake 7.1 (and also Best Linux 2000 R2), but the printer always works regardless of this failed test page print."

"Configuring X works okay, but it could (and should) be better. My old TNT is for some reason detected as a Riva128, so I have to manually choose my TNT. Not a big thing, but it should not be an issue with today's distributions. With my TNT I get to choose between XFree86 3.3.6 with 3D hardware acceleration (experimental), XFree86 3.3.6 (without 3D accel.) and XFree 4.0.1."

"Mandrake 7.1 was the very first distribution ever to being able to pre-configure my CD recorder. I've always liked Mandrake for its ability to detect and properly configure the more "exotic" hardware such as CD recorders. My experience with different distributions tells me that no other distribution can match Mandrake at this point, although SuSE comes pretty close."

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