"There was a time in the not too distant past when I was
searching for a Linux distribution to call my very own. I had just
written several books about Red Hat, one about Corel Linux, and
even contributed to a Slackware book. None of these really struck
my fancy, because there always seemed to be something missing for
me. As good as these distros were, there was always a rough feeling
to them, as if all of the components were sort of jammed together
to make a pretty package, but inside the package I could still hear
gears that were not quite aligned grinding together."
"When I got SuSE 7.0 on my doorstop, I found out that Linux
distros could be chock-full of apps and utilities and still be
hugely user-friendly. This week, I discovered that Linux-Mandrake
7.2 can just about join this category of Linux distro--provided you
install it correctly...."
"The area of hardware configuration was where Linux-Mandrake
really shined. The Xfree86 4.01 configuration picked up my exact
monitor, Kudzu nailed the sound card on the head, and the new CUPS
server not only had the right driver for my OfficeJet 600, it
installed the Samba client for me so it was completely ready when I
printed a test page to the printer, which is currently sitting on
the lone Windows machine in my network."
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