GNULinux.com: Mandrake 7.1 beta 2 Review

[ Thanks to BeOpen for this link.

“As soon as a new version of any distro is released for download
you can be sure that the GNULinux.com crew is trying to download it
:). Most of the time this involves one or more .ISO files around
600+ megabytes. Until we got broadband access at home we would
spend countless hours downloading to get our fix. So, when we heard
the beta 2 of Mandrake 7.1 was out we started burning up our cable
modem to get our hands on it. In that vein we present our review of
Mandrake 7.1 beta 2 (hydrogen) for your reading pleasure!”

“Upon booting our freshly minted Mandrake 7.1 beta 2 CD-ROM
from our test system we were greeted by a cheerful
slightly cartoonish) graphic presenting the Mandrake logo.
Shortly thereafter we found ourselves in the DrakX installation and
configuration utility. DrakX which is carried over from 7.0 (Air),
is an intuitive and thorough tool with which we only have minor
We’ll get to those later.”

“If you choose a “Recommended” setup during the ‘Select
Installation Class’ section you will be sent directly to the ‘Setup
Filesystems’ section. As we mentioned earlier, DrakX is no slouch
in the world of GUI installation utilities. If you choose to do a
‘Customized’ installation it intelligently presents the 1000+
packages and in either ‘Recommended’ or ‘Customized’ mode it does a
pretty good job of partitioning your hard-drive if you ‘clear all’
and allow it to ‘auto allocate’ your partitions (this is only
recommended if you DO NOT want to save any data on the drive). The
‘Customized’ installation had some context sensitive pop-ups and
would allow you to go back at almost any point (except during file
copying) and change your previously defined settings.”


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