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SlashTCO.com: Product Review - Mandrake 7.2

Jan 21, 2001, 16:06 (2 Talkback[s])

"Mandrake's latest release of its popular, user friendly Linux distribution is the most up-to-date default install on the market at present. It includes version 2.0 (beta) of the K Desktop Environment (KDE) and version 1.2 of Gnome. Mandrake also gives you a choice of installing the latest 2.2 kernel or the 2.4 beta. I was very impressed with Mandrake 7.2's ease of use and installation. Mandrake is certainly heading in the right direction towards creating a realistic Linux contender for the Windows dominated desktop market...."

"Once up and running, Mandrake is very easy to use. In fact, with KDE 2.0 running as the desktop environment, I would say that it provides the highest level of user friendliness that I have seen from a Linux distribution. Mandrake auto-detects and auto-mounts both the CD-Rom and floppy, and it also automatically mounts the Windows partition on a dual-boot machine for easy access to Windows files."

"Included with the seven CD "Powerpack Deluxe" version are two very good manuals - an installation and user guide, and a reference manual. Both are well written, concise and clear. The installation guide also contains a chapter on using Lnx4Win - a program that allows you to install a version of Mandrake on an existing Windows partition, thus making it unnecessary to partition a hard drive and create a dual-boot system. Ideal for new users to Linux."

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