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ExtremeTech: Review Results: A Summary of Our Desktop Linux Reviews

Nov 26, 2002, 11:30 (30 Talkback[s])


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"Top Distribution: Mandrake

"Very easy to set up and use by the novice, yet extremely capable and extensible for the experienced user. Mandrake has developed very good 'Drak' wizards for all major functions (especially diskdrak, the disk partitioning tool) and has organized them well in their Control Center. Mandrake offers documentation on their CDs, in their boxed sets, and on their Web pages, plus an online Mandrake Campus and Mandrake Experts that complement the easy set up and allow most users to ease into the Linux experience.

"Best for Business: Red Hat

"Red Hat produces a variety of products and services that have been useful in business, and the market has responded by giving Red Hat about 75% of the total Linux market, at least in the U.S. Red Hat isn't the best distro on the desktop, but Version 8.0 is greatly improved, to the point that some people prefer it over all others. For the desktop market, Red Hat lacks only one tool: an automatic disk partitioning tool..."

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