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So far, Mandrake Linux is my favorite Linux distro. This page has some useful links to Mandrake and other sites. Not all of these sites are part of nor endorsed by Mandrake.

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Discussion forum for Mandrake Linux users

Mandrake Financial Troubles and Fork

See Why the Mandrake Community should move on...; Ben Reser; 01.15.2003 -- interesting article suggesting that Mandrake fans would be better off supporting a Mandrake fork so their dollars (Euros) would go further -- support Mandrake development rather than "past management mistakes".

Digression on Linux trials:

To be fair, my method of trial has been to stick a CD in my machine, try to install it, if it installs, play with it for a few hours. In addition, I had longer trials of Caldera 2.2 and 2.4 (I ran those for a while (as much as I could run Linux at the time). Around the time Mandrake 7.2 came out, I tried quite a few other contemporary distros in the manner described, including RedHat 5.2 through 6.2. (More of this is recorded on my home TWiki, IIRC.)

I tried installing Mandrake 8.0 when it came out and it failed on all the machines I tried it on two basic setups, (essentially some with my old standard motherboard (SiS chipset, etc.), some with my new "standard" motherboard (Matsonic 8602EP?? with SiS 730 chipset).

Since then I got Mandrake 8.1 and installed it on the Matsonic with reasonable success -- for whatever reason I can't get the virtual terminals to work.

I tried RedHat 7.1(? or 2) fairly recently and it may be fine, but there are enough differences that I prefer not to use it. (E.g., it installs sendmail by default, I'm trying to learn to use postfix, and don't want to think about learning sendmail.)

I'm looking forward to trying a copy of Mandrake 8.2.


  • RandyKramer - 17 Apr 2002
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