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OpenForBusiness: Mandrake Cooks Up a Winner (or Two)

Feb 16, 2002, 04:01 (31 Talkback[s])
"While the current iteration of Mandrake Linux was excellent in both functionality and polish, it seems the folks at MandrakeSoft still were not satisfied. Based on our initial observations, we found that while Mandrake Linux 8.2 does not offer any stunning additions, it is receiving an enormous amount of attention to its fit and finish. According to a MandrakeSoft developer I spoke with, the goal for 8.2 was to make the system seem more professional, and they clearly have made significant headway in this area. Nothing has been left untouched, even the boot menu has been redesigned to exhibit a more professional feel.

Probably the most significant superficial change in Mandrake 8.2 is the totally redesigned system control panel. Apparently the developers, unsatisfied with Mandrake 8.1's control panel, decided to come up with a drastically different layout. The new system seems a bit more intuitive, and should look quite nice once 8.2 is release, although our beta copy still had a few glitches while showing off its new look. We could, however, see the fact that several new configuration tools were ready to go including a simple backup utility and a scanner setup tool.

Other notable new features include ready-to-go remote access to the system using VNC (also included) and the integration of basic file sharing settings into the Konqueror file manager (allowing users, who are allowed to do so, to easy share files and directories over a network). It also appears that they have the full roster of updated software including Linux kernel 2.4.17 and KDE 2.2.2. Finally, end-users should appreciate the return of supermount, a tool that auto-mounts removable media when needed. "

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