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LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch Review: Linux-Mandrake 8.0

May 11, 2001, 05:44 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

The virtues of Mandrake are well known to most: easy to install, up-to-the-minute packages, well-optimized, and generally solid. Brian Proffitt says Mandrake 8.0 continues that tradition, but notes that the distribution is attempting to straddle a line between bleeding-edge software and the need of newbies for stability that may prove harmful to the distribution's long-term success.

"MandrakeSoft, bless their souls, just doesn't seem to be content unless they release a Linux distribution that rides right up to the bleeding edge.

If you will recall from last fall, there was a minor hubbub afoot regarding the release of KDE 2.0 in the L-M 7.2 distribution. The boxes said KDE 2.0 beta, if you paid attention, but many users thought MandrakeSoft had released this environment way too early. This was most likely an argument based on principle than anything else, because I noted at the time that MandrakeSoft had clearly put some effort into their version of KDE 2.0 and had made it very stable.

MandrakeSoft, an apparent stickler for tradition, has done it again by releasing some GNOME products before their official gold releases. I find this both an exciting and disturbing phenomenon, which I will address later in this review.

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