NewsForge: Web review: Berger's MandrakeUser.org
Dec 02, 2000, 16:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)
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"A visit to the Mandrakeuser.org (MUO) website is
reassuring, like holding hands with your mom when you're a little
kid. She'd point to the lightning and say, "It's scary, isn't it?
But you're safe with me." In much the same way, Tom Berger, the
webmaster and wise man of MUO, takes Mandrake disciples deftly by
the hand and leads them through Linuxland."
"Be assured, there is a lot to learn once you've taken the
plunge into an Open Source operating system. The more you learn,
the more you realize that resources like MUO are vital to your
sanity. After all, LUGs are great, but not everyone manages to
latch on to a real live mentor who is available 24 hours a day.
That's where Berger's site comes in, at least for Mandrake users
(though much of the advice at MUO is applicable to other
"The site is plain-Jane, something all help-seekers should be
grateful for, because fancy design and frilly graphics only slow
down the answers to questions. MUO has nine major topic sections:
administration, connectivity, hardware, installation, gnu/linux
basics, other resources, security, troubleshooting, and X. The
articles, for the most part, are easy, step by step instructions
for things like using root, scheduling, using bash, upgrading the
kernel, installing non-RPM programs, compiling source code, and
lots of other important intelligence."