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GNULinux.com: Mandrake 7.1 beta 2 Review

May 17, 2000, 17:39 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to BeOpen for this link. ]

"As soon as a new version of any distro is released for download you can be sure that the GNULinux.com crew is trying to download it :). Most of the time this involves one or more .ISO files around 600+ megabytes. Until we got broadband access at home we would spend countless hours downloading to get our fix. So, when we heard the beta 2 of Mandrake 7.1 was out we started burning up our cable modem to get our hands on it. In that vein we present our review of Mandrake 7.1 beta 2 (hydrogen) for your reading pleasure!"

"Upon booting our freshly minted Mandrake 7.1 beta 2 CD-ROM from our test system we were greeted by a cheerful (but slightly cartoonish) graphic presenting the Mandrake logo. Shortly thereafter we found ourselves in the DrakX installation and configuration utility. DrakX which is carried over from 7.0 (Air), is an intuitive and thorough tool with which we only have minor gripes. We'll get to those later."

"If you choose a "Recommended" setup during the 'Select Installation Class' section you will be sent directly to the 'Setup Filesystems' section. As we mentioned earlier, DrakX is no slouch in the world of GUI installation utilities. If you choose to do a 'Customized' installation it intelligently presents the 1000+ packages and in either 'Recommended' or 'Customized' mode it does a pretty good job of partitioning your hard-drive if you 'clear all' and allow it to 'auto allocate' your partitions (this is only recommended if you DO NOT want to save any data on the drive). The 'Customized' installation had some context sensitive pop-ups and would allow you to go back at almost any point (except during file copying) and change your previously defined settings."

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