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CNET News.com: Linux-Mandrake 7.2 [Review]

Jan 07, 2001, 16:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kamal Gill)

"We liked the previous release of MandrakeSoft's Linux-Mandrake--version 7.1 --because it offered ease of use without sacrificing high-end features. The latest iteration, Linux-Mandrake 7.2, is even better. Users of all stripes--from beginners to advanced Linux jockeys--will like this release. In addition to the excellent installation and configuration tools that appeared in Linux-Mandrake 7.1, this new version now offers a vastly improved desktop interface, an improved printing tool, and helpful Internet connectivity features."

"Linux-Mandrake 7.2 ships with the much-anticipated KDE 2.0 desktop interface. KDE 2.0's applications include Konqueror (a Web browser), an outstanding file manager, a document viewer, and the KOffice suite of office software. Actually, your copy of Linux-Mandrake 7.2 may not really include KDE 2.0--although the included version 1.99 is about as close as you can get. If you need to, you can get the full 2.0 release in a variety of ways. If you purchased the packaged product, you can get the KDE 2.0 update CD free when you register your copy at Mandrake's Web site . Alternatively, with just a few clicks of your mouse, you can use the Mandrake Update feature to get the upgrade, or you can download the latest version of the Linux-Mandrake 7.2 installation CD and use DrakConf to update KDE."

"Mandrake also has a remedy for typically font-deprived Linux distributions. Its DrakFont tool (introduced in version 7.1) lets you choose fonts from Windows' abundant selection of TrueType fonts and install them on your Linux desktop. DrakFont is especially valuable for Web browsing as many of the fonts used on Web sites are compatible with only Windows or Mac systems."

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