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CNET TurboLinux Workstation 6.0

Apr 30, 2000, 19:23 (1 Talkback[s])
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"TurboLinux is well known for its industrial-strength Linux server distributions, but its recent desktop distribution falls short of its lofty reputation. Workstation 6.0's text-based partitioning tools make it difficult to install, and it comes with only limited technical support to help you in a pinch. That's why Linux beginners should avoid Turbo--we suggest Corel Linux instead. Even power users might want to consider a Linux distribution that's easier to install, such as Red Hat."

"Getting started with TurboLinux isn't easy. TurboLinux Workstation does offer several graphical installation modes that set up your version of Linux specifically for your needs, from basic office use to programming projects. (There's a custom setup mode, too, in case you want to do the work yourself.) But to prepare your machine for TurboLinux, you must use its confusing, text-based FDisk utility (or the only slightly less cryptic CFDisk) to partition and format your drive. We'd like to see Turbo include some graphical partition tools and installation tools, as Macmillan Mandrake does."

"The rest of the Turbo Workstation installation went smoothly enough for us. Once we partitioned the drive, TurboLinux detected our network card automatically and immediately set up the Gnome graphical interface."

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