"MandrakeSoft had to have its new retail OS ready to ship to
stores by a certain date, and in order to do so, they stuck KDE's
final beta in the box, instead of waiting for the final release.
That's not very good business practice in my book. Now, in
MandrakeSoft's defense, they did put the version containing the
full KDE 2.0 release in later boxed sets, and on their FTP site.
There was also a notation on the packaging, stating that it
contained the beta version of KDE 2.0, but those things can't help
you when you when you are ordering off the web, or if you don't
have fast web access."
"MandrakeSoft's commitment to create an easy, newbie friendly
distribution for the masses has put the burden of responsibility
squarely on it's shoulders. As a user-friendly distribution,
Mandrake will be many people's first look at GNU/Linux, and as such
will determine whether they stay and play, or go running for
Redmond. They have had a pretty good history when it comes to the
Open Source community in general, being members of both the GNOME
Foundation, and the KDE League, as well as Open Source software
evangelists to anybody that will listen. Now it is time for Gael
Duval and crew to focus on the consumer, the future of
"Note: The above commentary was written before MandrakeSoft
made ramifications by offering those who registered the "7.1.99"
version a free upgrade to "7.2" no questions asked. See the
Mandrake Forum on their web page (www.linux-mandrake.com) for the
complete story. Kudos to MandrakeSoft for showing it cares
about the customer!"