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UnixReview.com: Review: Mandrake Linux 9.0

Dec 20, 2002, 03:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)


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"Mandrake Linux has always been looked at as a desktop Linux. While Red Hat may be the star of the corporate server world, Mandrake's star rests firmly with the legion of Linux users who have abandoned the Windows world for their desktop needs. For Mandrake users, there hasn't been any question of whether Linux is ready for the desktop--Mandrake is, has been, and continues to be. The loyalty and enthusiasm of the Mandrake community speaks volumes. It is with this knowledge that I embark on my review of Mandrake 9.0.

"Before I get into the details, let me tell you that I loaded Mandrake onto a couple of test systems. To be as fair as possible, I also installed it on my own notebook where I do my daily work (the best way to experience something is to really work with it). Luckily, I keep my user data on separate partitions for just such an occasion. Needless to say, when I installed on my notebook, I diverted slightly from the default user install. To really push the envelope, I also installed Mandrake 9.0 on a company server running thin clients.

"In terms of minutia, I'll add that the newest release of Mandrake comes with the 2.4.19 release of the Linux kernel, XFree86 4.2.1, GCC 3.2, KDE 3.0.3, and GNOME 2.0.1. Not that this is a major concern for most, but Mandrake 9.0 is optimized for later X86 processors, which means you can't run it on your old 486..."

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