"This installment will cover the most effective way to
become an Open Source office, installing an Open Source operating
system. We will compare the installation of the familiar Microsoft
Windows NT Server 4.0 against a popular Linux distribution, Linux
Mandrake 7.1. This week's column will not compare the pros and
cons of the operating systems themselves, that kind of comparison
would go far beyond the scope of this small, weekly column. Instead
we will focus solely on the installation process itself, leaving
the rest to be compared in upcoming columns."
"The reasoning behind using Mandrake for our comparison, instead
of one of the many other Linux distributions, goes as follows:
Mandrake's graphical installation is easily grasped by first-timers
and those unfamiliar with *NIX in general. Admittedly, Corel Linux
has an easier installation process than Mandrake, but it is
generally considered the most watered-down of all the Linux
distributions. Using Mandrake gives us the benefit of the slick
install, plus afterwards, you basically have a Red Hat system with
lots of spit and polish. Now let's get to installing!"
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