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MandrakeForum.com: Review of WalMart's Mandrake/Microtel PC

Aug 15, 2002, 01:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Lavigna)

[ Thanks to Phil Lavigna for this link. ]

"It has been widely reported that WalMart.com offers a line of reasonably-priced Microtel PCs that are pre-loaded with Mandrake Linux 8.2. The systems range from a 900 MHz Duron up to a 2.0 GHz Pentium 4. Being on a strict budget, I ordered the 'low-end' 900 MHz Duron...

"The system includes keyboard, speakers, network card, modem, etc... basically everything but a monitor. Also included is the printed Mandrake 8.2 Installation & User Guide, 4 CDs (Installation CD 1 & 2, plus Commercial Applications CD 1 & 2), a motherboard manual, and a small flyer that describes how to setup the system...

"This was my first experience with an OEM version so I was pleasantly surprised to learn that even though the system was pre-installed at the factory, a customized version of the Mandrake installer is used to configure any devices on the new machine. I was able to configure the mouse, set a root password, add users, select a user for 'auto-login', configure networking (Ethernet, not modem), change the timezone, setup a printer, configure the display, and install software updates..."

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