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In theory, yes. The installation CD/DVD has an option to upgrade the whole distro.
In practice, not really. I've never been able to upgrade a distro without running into problems which ended up taking longer to solve than just installing the new distro from scratch.
If you've already got a confiigured system, but you want to upgrade, then I'd backup the /etc directory and your home directory, then do a fresh installation. Once the new distro is installed, replace the relevant files in /etc with the ones you backed up and restore your home directory - that way you should end up with a new distro which is configured the same as your old one.
Any programs you've installed which are not part of the distro will have to be re-installed.
Upgrading a point release I would imagine would go a lot smoother than upgrading a full version release.
I'd give it a go. I've never upgraded a Mandrake distro before, so I can't guarantee anything, though.
P.S. Usual disclaimers apply. Back up your data first etc.
I just tried to do an upgrade from fedora core 2 to fedora core 3 using a dvd, and it didn't work as smoothly as I had hoped. It broke some libraries, and it didn't install some things I would have liked it to by default, and I wasn't given a choice of installing anything new. So I've decided to do a fresh install (after backing up home direcories of course) and things are already working much smoother.