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ZDNet: Icepack Linux [Review]

Mar 15, 2001, 08:42 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neil Randall)

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"Squarely targeting consumer Windows users who want to give Linux a try, the $25 Icepack Linux provides a usable installation wizard complete with a partition resizer, a colorful and configurable GUI, and excellent hardware recognition. It supports neither dynamic IP addresses nor floppy-based bootups, but otherwise it delivers a reasonable introduction to Linux."

"Any Linux making such an effort -- as Corel and Redhat Linux do, for instance -- must provide a graphical installation routine with clear instructions, strong hardware recognition, a non-intimidating drive-partitioning utility, a bootup directly into a very friendly X Window System, easily configured network settings (including modems and network cards), and equally easy mounting of existing floppy, hard, and removable drives."

"These are high demands, and most Linux distributions fumble the ball at one point or another. Icepack Linux does better than most, and for that it deserves kudos. It is easier to install than several others, and generally easier to configure, and it recognizes hardware quite capably...."

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