Re: Re: Too Scary...

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Date: Tue Sep 19 2000 - 10:57:21 PDT

It's funny that you say Mandrake is more up to date than Red Hat. Not
starting a flavor war here, but Mandrake takes RH's beta, wraps their
installer around it, does a big s/Red Hat/Mandrake on the whole shebang
and ships it out the door before Red Hat's release. Complete with the
bugs from RH's betas...I've heard a lot of people say that the Mandrake
installs are cooler than Red Hat's, and that it even installs on some
hardware that RH doesn't, but it's not more up to date. However, having
worked at RH and seen the conditions their techs work under, it won't
surprise me to see that product go straight to hell. (:
Still jaded and horrified of corporations,

 "A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity."
          -- Robert Frost

On Tue, 19 Sep 2000, wrote:

> > From: Tom Whore
> > Quickly get him hooked on Mandrake:)-
> It occurs to me to FoRK a second recommendation for Mandrake.
> It's a great product that deserves press outside the Linux world.
> I'm sure everyone hears the word Linux too much these days, but if
> you are thinking about playing with it, Mandrake is quite nice.
> I've run most of the major distros (save Debian) and Mandrake
> does the best job for the desktop. They are more current and
> far more complete in KDE and GNOME than Red Hat, for example.
> I also find that I don't have to install basic utilities like Bzip2,
> because Mandrake includes them. Mandrake is compiled with Pentium optimizations in their x86 distro, as opposed to the 386 code in most.
> The only downside that I know of is that their installation
> process is less robust than Red Hat. If you have strange
> hardware, my experience is that Red Hat wins, but for ordinary PCs,
> Mandrake installs with ease. It's nicer than Red Hat's install, it just
> doesn't expect weirdness like installing from a CD-burner as the CDROM drive.
> Even on Mandrake, I install Helix GNOME, because GNOME is moving pretty
> fast and the Helix updater takes care of that for me nicely. I'm looking
> forward to the extension of the Updater to handle updates to your Linux distribution as well, though Mandrake Update is quite nice, itself.
> Eirikur
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