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LinuxLookup.com: Mandrake 7.2 Beta [Review]

Sep 29, 2000, 07:12 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Linux Mandrake has been my distribution of choice for quite some time now. The Red Hat-with-some-stuff-added moniker has been peeled away and Mandrake is now standing tall against the competition. Mandrake's primary aim seems to be combating the difficulty of installation/use complaints that have plagued Linux. These guys are up to the challenge. Their graphical installation is one of the best, and the configuration tools and update utility make maintenance simple. The ability to begin installation from Windows and easily resize your existing FAT partition allows current Microsoft customers to experience Linux without worry. Now, with the release of the Linux Mandrake 7.2 beta (currently beta 2), it appears the good folks at Mandrake aim to make your Linux experience even more pleasurable."

"The first thing I should point out is that this article is a preview review. While shaping up nicely, Mandrake 7.2 is definitely not for daily use. You should only install the Mandrake 7.2 beta if you're interested in running a bleeding-edge distribution and don't mind sacrificing stability. That's right, even our favorite OS can have bugs, and 7.2 definitely has it's share...."

"Many of the Mandrake specific configuration tools have been revamped in 7.2. DrakConfig, the front end to the individual configuration tools, has simply undergone cosmetic changes. On the other hand, Mandrake Update seems to have undergone a complete rewrite. The layout is different, and installing developmental updates from Mandrake's Cooker is now supported. This is not recommended for your average user, but should prove useful for developers. HardDrake, the automatic hardware detection and configuration tool, now probes for a wider variety of devices; including joysticks, scanners, tape drives, and TV cards. Unfortunately, one tool that worked previously now appears to be broken...."

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