Linux Mandrake 9.1
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Review of "Linux Mandrake 9.1"
Whilst wondering what my first op should be about, I noticed that nobody had reviewed the latest Mandrake release, even though this release is a great improvement on the last one. Mandrake is really only for the Linux beginner, but if you're reading this then you probably fall into that category. The installation is fast, simple and intuitive, to be honest I was blown away by it - Mandrake can be setup however you want it, but without losing it's ease of use. The installer's GUI is equally impressive, and I'd say it's more friendly than a Windows installation.Moving from Windows to Linux is never easy, and given Microsoft's monopoly it's something most of us have to or have had to do. This is where Mandrake comes in, it's the ideal Linux Beginner distribution - it's based on the popular Red Hat distribution but has support for a massive amount of devices and removes the need for any linux knowledge. The beauty of Mandrake is you don't need to know Linux at all, it's just as easy as using Windows, but the power of Linux is still there under the pretty interfaces. As with all major Linux distributions, Mandrake comes with a massive range of software (and it's all free!). Most of this software is on two optional CDs, with only one of the three CDs being neccessary for installation. I only used the one CD as I can always download the programs I want afterwards, so I can't tell you exactly which applications come on the optional CDs.
Being based on RedHat, Mandrake uses RPMs for package distribution, RPM files are like windows installers - you just double click. In my humble opinion it is always better to compile your prorgrams yourself whenever possible, this requires a fair bit of Linux knowledge though and until you learn how to do this the RPMs should more than suffice. My only complaint about Linux is that a few of my favourite programs (X-Chat for example) couldn't be installed, they seemed to be unable to find packages I know were installed (GTK for example, which *had* to be there), friends told me they had similar problems with Mandrake, but this does little to dent my recommendation for Mandrake to Linux beginners.
The following doesn't just apply to Mandrake but to most Linux distributions, however since this is aimed at Linux beginners Im throwing it in. Linux has a reputation as being hard and ugly, which couldn't be further from the truth nowadays (especially with Mandrake) - there are more than one desktop environments (Linux equivalent to Windows' Explorer)
and it's really up to you which you use, although in my opinion KDE looks a better. The OpenOffice.org Project is great and should be able to handle your documents and work from Microsoft's Office.
*edit* addes spaces between paragraphs - thanks for the tip, also when you first try Linux it's a good idea to leave windows on as well, Mandrake will automatically create a menu so you can choose which OS at bootup.
Product Information : Linux Mandrake 9.1
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