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ok, i had rh7.2 installed. only complaints were i had to go to root to access HDDs. & my "scroll" mouse didnt scroll.
I went to Mandrake 9.2, thinking newer is better, especially from a dist as old as 7.2.
WITH MDK9.2 i got no sound, noHDD, no cd nodvd, but HURRAY, My scroll mouse scrolls now. Whats up with that?
different distros have different support for different things ...
and thats about all i can say about it...
if you want actual help, start specify the hardware, the error messages, and what you tried if anything...
well, if rh 7.2 was working for you, then you can ask for help on how to get scrolling working from this forum; you could have upgraded specific packages; or you could have just tried redhat 9.0
typically, a new distro of the same brand will have new features and new support for hardware and such, but the term "better" is a very ambiguous term
for me, newer distros have always been better (however i never tried mandrake 9.2 after things that i've heard about it) but if you don't like the idea of extra unnecessary software when an older distro is working, then new distros may not be "better"
however, like Drozz stated, different distros do things their own ways; so you can't really compare mandrake 9.2 (which has given many people problems) with redhat 7.2; however i do understand the want to upgrade from rh7.2, with support gone and such
Newer is not always better, I like Slack 9.0 better than 9.1
KDE and the X server seem more Crisp, and quicker to Render graphics.
I do alot of Gimping!!! <<---hey a new catch phrase...??!!??
Maybe it's just the 2.4.20 kernel is more stable than more recent updates.
lol, ok...what i first said and edited to say "forget i said anything" was that:
if that were the case, then winME is better than 98; and XP is better than 2K (something i'm sure many will disagree, but not me).
i edited it because he used "usually". so ...
and i pretty much saw the same thing as you did on your slack, as i did when i tried rh9.0 after rh8.0.
and im sure it had nothing to do with X and it's libs.
same settings, same kernel; and even with diff settings and diff kernel.