LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch Review: Linux-Mandrake 7.0

“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

“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.”