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ZDNet Australia: Mandrake Linux's libDrakx

Oct 22, 2002, 08:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"As Linux has become more popular, distributors have tried to put a more friendly face on the underlying complexity of the operating system. Most vendors offer configuration tools that guide users through the process of editing config files so they don't have to do it by hand. Mandrake Linux has a reputation for providing a number of easy-to-use configuration tools that make crossing over to Linux from Windows or MacOS relatively easy.

"An interesting feature of the Mandrake configuration tools (also known as drak tools) is that many of them can be used in either console mode or in X (the Linux GUI). One of the most useful drak tools is libDrakx, which is the Mandrake add-on to perl-GTK. Part of the drakxtools-newt package, libDrakx offers some custom commands and behaves correctly in console or X. It includes both the core set of Mandrake's configuration tools and the includes you need to build a new tool. I will walk you through how you can use libDrakx to create your own user interfaces..."

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