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Linux.com: Mandrake 8.1 Review

Oct 25, 2001, 06:53 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Guidry)
"In conclusion, the latest Linux-Mandrake distribution has plenty of room for improvement. My testing showed some new installation features to be simply incomplete. But this release neverthless maintains Mandrake's position as the easiest -- and one of the most complete -- Linux distributions available. Mandrakesoft has targeted new Linux users of all kinds, from network administrators switching their LAN or webserver, to developers, to home users disenchanted with Microsoft. All of these people will find switching over to Linux a little less painful thanks to Mandrake.

One could easily speculate that this latest offering was rushed for reasons relating to Mandrakesoft's recent IPO. Perhaps the problems in new features included in 8.1 were not resolved in order to meet deadlines and appease investors. But anyone who works for Mandrakesoft, or for any software company for that matter, will likely explain that all software releases are rushed, and there is always work that they feel they've left undone. The promise of 8.1 is that the exciting new features will be fixed and improved as they're added: the inevitable course of all development."

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