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This is more of a comment than a question, and an opportunity to introduce myself. Having run Windows 3.1, 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 and XP, I finally decided to try Linux. I downloaded the 3 Mandrake 9.1 iso's. Burned them. Planning to set-up a dual boot system, I partitioned from windows using Partition Magic. The first Mandrake CD is bootable so I shutdown and booted off the CD-Rom.
Mandrake did everything for me. The set up procedure is cake. I have Windows on this PC, Mandrake detected it and set me up for dual-boot. No problem. I was impressed.
BUT, nothing works from inside Linux, it starts up, but none of the apps work. Somehow my 2nd CD got corrupted and I ran into several errors while installing the 2nd CD. I'm downloading the 2nd iso again right now. I guess I'm going to reinstall.
So, in summary ,5 stars to Mandrake 9.1 for ease of installation and set-up. I don't know much about the rest, haven't gotten there yet.
I bet everyone who has downloaded an ISO image has encountered corruption problems at one time or another. Kind of to be expected, when you get something that big over the internet
If you haven't already, be sure to check the MD5 sum of each ISO after you download it. It's a good way to check and make sure the file got transferred correctly (before you go burning it onto a CD). The site you get them from probably has posted the MD5 sums for each image, and there is a Windows version of MD5sum available for download.
If the MD5 comes out incorrect, then you'll know you need to download again. Hopefully that'll help avoid the problem of corruption in the future.
Welcome to Linux! Er, well, when you get it working, that is
I recently installed Mandrake 9.1 as well. The install is very sweet. One hint of advice that I can offer is A) Don't use partitiuon magic. B) Use Mandrake to partition your drives, it is really simple and pretty quick! It may also have a better effect on the installs. Welcome to Linux, as I am learning myself. I hope you enjoy it. (Forget the simplicty of Microsoft, for it is for everyone who can't learn to use something more advanced, such as Linux!).
Well, I did it. Thanks for the words of encouragement. I RE-downloaded disk 2, and burned it. Re-installed, gravy. Everything works great. In fact, I am writing this from Konqueror, lol. I'm feeling my way around Linux. It's kind of wierd, but I like it. I don't like being treated like a criminal by microsoft with that XP junk. I have 3 PC's and I'm kind of upset about having to buy the OS for each PC. I bought it once and not again. Actually, IMHO, 98 was the best. Funny that XP motivated me to try Linux, after so many years.
Five Stars to Mandrake!!!! Thumbs up!! BTW I will pay for membership. Excellent product!