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LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch Review: Linux-Mandrake 7.0

Apr 07, 2000, 14:13 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

"Perfection, Except for the Documentation"

"Linux-Mandrake comes this close to being the perfect Linux distribution. It certainly is one of the easiest Linux packages to install and configure: DrakX is state of the art when it comes to streamlined installations, while DrakConfig is certainly an impressive tool for configuring a Linux system on the fly."

"So why aren't we jumping up and down, proclaiming that Linux-Mandrake 7.0 is the best Linux distribution ever? For one reason: the poor quality of the documentation in the shrink-wrap version. Much of what's great in Linux-Mandrake 7.0 is simply undocumented or misdocumented, and the lack of accurate documentation will only serve to deter the casual or beginning Linux user... there were so many disparities between the documentation and the actual product that we hesitate in recommending the product to pure newbies who really rely on accurate documentation."

"Despite the problems with the documentation, we would highly recommend Linux-Mandrake 7.0 to an experienced Linux user who can eschew the documentation and install on their own. Any Linux user who has done a few installs of any Linux distribution will have no problem making their way around Linux-Mandrake and will appreciate what a fine job MandrakeSoft has done in pushing the state of the art in Linux distributions."

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