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Old 03-23-2005, 02:21 AM   #1
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Mandrake 10


Well,

I am actually posting this one from my Mandrake OS and not WinXP. But I do have a question. It is...

So I installed, had no problems, I did the 3 updates that were available, BUGS, SECURITY and NORMAL, and it got me thinking. If I did all of these updates, would it make Mandrake 10 pretty close to Mandrake 10.1

There can't be that much of a difference in interfaces.

thanks

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Old 03-23-2005, 02:44 AM   #2
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Nope. Not at all. It's a just upgrade of few packages. To update to 10.1 you have to do full update.

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Old 03-23-2005, 07:33 AM   #3
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Having used mandrake for the better part of 3 years, I think it IS a good distro. And yes, the longer you use it, the more obvious the short comings.

If you just want a windows replacement, then it's brilliant. If you really are keen to "learn linux", then you may consider looking elsewhere.

It was my habit, to only buy genuine "boxed set" disc's (power pack dvd usually), because I felt that the distro was good enough to "put my hand in my pocket". My greatest annoyance was that I could never make it "upgrade" in it's entirety.

Whenever a new version was released, I'd wait until the disc(s) were available and the do a "wholesale re-install", of the new version.

Sure, the updating (as opposed to upgrading) worked a treat, and I always kept it up to par, but the only way to upgrade was usually to change the update/upgrade sources in URPMI so that it reflected "cooker" (that's what they used to call the "testing" sources which is now the "community" edition).

the differences are often stuff like kernel versions, which seem only to be released as an update if there is a security type issue/exploit identified. Big things like newer versions of KDE etc etc where changed with the upgrades, unless you wanted to learn how to do that separately.

Oh, and for info, my first mandrake was 8.2, the last before I moved to gentoo was 10.1CE, and my move away, was because I was unhappy with the 6 month upgrade cycle, which I understand is due to change soon so that it becomes an annual thing (with an year based nomenclature).

Just my

regards

John
 
Old 03-23-2005, 09:29 AM   #4
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If you want a system that keeps current with the releases you'll have to install what's known as a meta distribution. It's basically a rolling release that is current every time time you do a full update.

There are several of these around, Gentoo being my personal favorite, but they tend to be more difficult to install for a newbie as it's done from command line instead of using an automated GUI and you need to know more about your system and Linux in general to be comfortable doing the install.

If you have a system installed and it's working for you, don't worry too much about getting the next new release. Stay current with your updates and enjoy a working system.
 
Old 03-23-2005, 11:01 AM   #5
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Don't forget about Arch as a metadistro..

It's like gentoo, but easier to install (but can still be scary for a newbie).

it seems slightly more simple than gentoo, at least to me... it makes more sense.
 
  


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