thought I would post about my experience's with Mandrake 10.0. I have been out of the graphical side of linux for awhile, however ssh logins have been a daily ritual, and was getting sick of how expensive windows XP is, so I recently decided to install mandrake on a PC I have here. I also purchased a copy of Transgaming's Cedega for $15 bucks .. best software ever. (and point2play)
So far my setup is as follows ;
Athlon XP @ 2.5ghz
set out to get it to do pretty much what ever I could do with windows XP, I didn't think this goal was to unrealistic, I did some research before I selected this computer, based on hardware, chipsets, network cards, etc to see what was compatible and what wasn't. The only thing not supported was my Sata RAID... meh. I grabbed drivers for my network card and nforce2 chipset.
far I have got almost everything to work, Firefox browser, Thunderbird email, Xpdf, acroread 5, gaim for MSN/ICQ, k3b dvd/cd burning, kwireless, xine, xmule, VLC (dvdcss etc), bittorent, ark, smb4k(win network browser), autoconf,java, flash, nmap, real player,xmms, skype,sane,xsane, cups and the list goes on. I can now play encrypted DVD's, XviD, DivX, MOV, MPG ... and with open office open any MS Office document. Networking is autospastic, my router and cable work perfectly. My wireless card is a minitar PCI 802.11, I got the source code of sourceforge (rt2400) and compiled it... followed the guide in the minitar forums . perfect. My printer works , my scanner works.
played allot of dependency games and found allot of useful sites I thought I'd share for Mandrake 10 rpm's, which I've found are the best way to install stuff, although I compiled much from source, rpm's are so much better. This fellow has done allot of RPM"s that are extremely useful.
ost People probably already have seen
and on that page is a link to
both great sources of programs , most compile easily and many of the more popular one's have rpm's
you don't want to dish out for Cedega (I'll talk about that in a second)
for information on getting WINE to work with most stuff.(Windows Emulation)
This place had nice info on the WINE config file
This bloke seems to like Video editing stuff, lots of useful programs if you are into that
Peave that I had, I don't know if others have had it or not but I will share it, my monitor was detected as only having refresh rates upto 75hz, this is fine really but I thought I go find out how to alter it anyway, some basic X11 config file editing here
... what more do I need to say? Get it. It's great. Two rpm's, very easy to install. Runs any game I have so far thrown at it with very little problem. Diablo II works out of the box, BF1942 needed a no-cd patch b/c of copyright protection issue's on the disc not being properly interpreted by cedega otherwise it runs really well, Doom 3 was great (if a bit slow but hey it's a ti4200), Command&Conquer the original, Red Alert the list goes on. Simple Double Click to Play, couldn't be easier. NO WINDOWS Folder needed, it makes it's own virtual drive with all the required DLL's etc ...
Any questions on how I got stuff to install or requests for RPM"s (links etc) feel free. Needless to say google is your friend for RPM's.
p.s yes my pc is watercooled.