"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
"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
"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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