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LinuxPlaza.com.au: Mandrake Linux 7.2 Review

Dec 23, 2000, 21:06 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Grandveau for this link. ]

"Pros: A nice, well-designed cohesive install which insulates new users from themselves.
Cons: Experienced users will want to take some time to configure this one, it's not exactly an optimal setup.
The Verdict - 4 out of 5"

"...many of you will be wondering how easy it is to install. In a word, painless. I'm not a fan of these pointy-clicky-gui installer things, but I have to say that the Mandrake install is about as easy as Linux can be. Mandrake have gone to a reasonable amount of trouble to ensure that newbies to Linux don't find themselves in a situation they can't deal with. Having installed Linux more times than I can remember, I found this mildly amusing, but mostly irritating. But, I'm glad they have taken this attitude, it's a big jump from the entirely automated Windows installation to having to know about partitioning and the like. With the Mandrake installer, everything is just a click away. Newbies have the option of using one of their pre-defined installation "classes", or if you are a little more experienced you can choose to do an "expert install". I chose the latter option. Choosing which packages to install was easy and quite well designed. All the software was arranged into a neat little collapsable tree thing, which nicely (and quite surprisingly sensibly) arranged software into groups. They've also introduced the notion of "mandatory packages". These are things like gzip which if you've used linux before you'll know you can't live without, but if you've never touched any sort of unix system before, you'll not know about and probably not bother installing. I personally think that this is a good move. Long-time users will install these programs anyway, new-comers need to, and it's good to see that they can't shoot themselves in the foot by not installing them."

"If you want a desktop linux, this is it. This is by far the easiest to use operating system I've seen in a long while. That includes MacOS and Windows. It's unfortunate that it will take a few days of configuring to be as fast and as convenient as my previous install."

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