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NewsForge: Moving from Red Hat to Mandrake

Dec 03, 2003, 11:30 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

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"For the first time in a good while, I'm not running Red Hat. This article is the first to be written on my new Mandrake 9.2 installation. While I feel no anger nor resentment towards Red Hat for its recent announcement that it is dropping its consumer desktop product, I do feel some angst. Red Hat has every right to pursue greater profits. They are choosing profits today from the server/enterprise market over participation in what will be the fastest growth market for Linux in the future: The consumer desktop. The reason for my angst, of course, is that the Red Hat announcement meant I would have to move my desktop to a new distribution.

"Faced with a long holiday weekend and no travel requirements, I decided to make the most of my free time by making a move of my own. I had not been contemplating a desktop move prior to Red Hat's announcement, so the first thing I had to decide was which direction to jump. My short list included SuSE, Debian, and Mandrake. I scratched SuSE off the list because I think it is about to undergo some major changes after being purchased by Novell. Debian has all the appeal of the purity of free software and of being community driven, but it seems to me to lag a bit in accepting new apps. I need a desktop where new apps are comfortable from day one. And it just so happened I had a complimentary copy of Mandrake Discovery 9.2 sitting unopened nearby. I chose Mandrake..."

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