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Mandrake Linux 10: The Future Looks Good
By: Quantum Skyline
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    Table of Contents:
  • Mandrake Linux 10: The Future Looks Good
  • Installation
  • Configuration
  • Using Mandrake Linux 10
  • Conclusion

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    Mandrake Linux 10: The Future Looks Good - Configuration

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    Mandrake Linux 10 Review

    While Mandrake Linux detected everything in my system that it can detect (some hardware, such as my wireless card and my webcam can't be detected because only third party drivers exist for them and I can't fault Mandrake for that), I had a hard time getting my wireless network configured. It consistently misidentified the wireless driver as the intel-agp module, and as a result, I couldn't convince the system configurator, Mandrake Control Center 10, that I was not on a wired ethernet network. I had to manually edit some system configuration files to get it going.

    I've also had a chance to use the software installer. It reminds me of KPackage, but I liked this incarnation better. The search functions work, but I'll have to admit that I had to try a few search keywords to find particular packages that I was looking for.

    Mandrake Linux 10 Review

    Mandrake Control Center 10, however works well for everything else. From within it I can repartition my hard drive, reconfigure my bootloader, reset my X Windows settings, and do much more. It seems stable - which is absolutely essential when you consider everything that this program does - and simple enough that it reminds me of the Windows XP Control Panel. Another Dev Hardware writer and moderator said that Control Center made him feel at home with Mandrake Linux 10 because of the XP look and feel.

    The 'Mount Points' option in the configurator I find to be really useful since my second hard drive does not keep a consistent partition table. (I repartition it frequently so I can try out different things.) I tried to make a mount point for my USB 2.0 memory key - again, detected by Linux but not configured - and the one thing about the wizard that bothered me is the lack of 'Next' and 'Back' buttons that are common on Windows. Oddly enough, they're available on other components of the Control Center. I absolutely loved the explanations for options provided, and as someone who has to manually edit my /etc/fstab (the file used by Linux to keep track of mounts) file, this made it easy.

    Mandrake Linux 10 Review

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