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LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch Review: Linux-Mandrake 7.2

Nov 01, 2000, 13:56 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"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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