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Duke of URL: A More Friendly Linux: Linux Mandrake 7.2 Review

Nov 18, 2000, 12:31 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Mullen)

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"When diving into Mandarke's latest user-friendly, RPM-enabled distribution, I was a little skeptical. After all, what more could they change? I began thinking, maybe it's time to try on Debian for my production box. It didn't take more than about 10 minutes on Mandrake 7.2 to completely change my way of thinking. I found the interface to be extremely simple to work with and effective and even has the option for eye-candy for those users with ADD. This proves one thing: Mandrake 7.2 is as much as a breath of fresh air for a Linux user as it is for a Windows user."

"...Mandrake 7.2 adds a whole load of new configuration options for their already brilliant DrakX installer. Probably the most notable update is the ability to choose between XFree86 3.3.6 or 4.0.1. Not only can you choose between the two, but the installer will try its hardest to get you up and going with 3D acceleration enabled if you have a card that is capable of doing so. While this didn't work quite right with any of my cards, it's a good first effort, and probably leaves you with only a couple more setups to take care of if 3D acceleration is your thing."

"Also added right from the installation is mouse wheel support. No longer do you need to go in and edit your XF86Config file by hand. Mandrake's installer detects most wheel mice and can get them working right off the bat for you. ... DrakConf has also brought a new utility with it, internet connection sharing This was always possible on Linux systems, as it was on Windows systems, you just needed to know how to set it up, which could be a real bear at times. Yes, internet connection sharing doesn't always get set up correctly with Mandrake's utility, but it does pretty well, and leaves you will only a couple options to tweak even in the worst-case scenario."

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