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Last Review by salparadise - posted: 08-12-2004 02:53 AM
Sys spec: Compaq Presario 6011EA: AMD Athlon XP1700+, 768MB DDR RAM, tri booting with Suse 9.1 Pro and XP Home
Mandrake's beta release of 10.1 is here so I thought I'd give it a try.
I installed it as an up upgrade over the 10 Official version I had before. This is the first time I've done an upgrade as I usually go for the fresh install option. I thought I'd try the upgrade path as I've got a lot of extra applications installed that a fresh install would wipe out.
Everything went smoothly with the installer automatically detecting everything. The only problem I had was at the end of the installation when the system went to reboot where it crashed and outputted a lot of text (mostly numbers) to the screen. I don't understand this sort of output, I don't code, I see "kernel crash" and reach for the power button. The machine was frozen solid. However, it booted properly and hasn't shown the same behaviour since.
I like Gnome 2.6 so have the system to run it as default desktop. After 18 months of KDE I tried Gnome 2.6 on Fedora Core 2 and took to it immediately and have been looking forward to a version of Mandrake with it on.
Most noticeable straight off is the speed increase. This version of mandrake is noticeably faster at most things and the Mandrake control panel flies along where before it crawled somewhat.
The bug that stopped audio cd's playing back in 10 is gone.
Amarok media player has been added, this is similar to xmms but with a slightly different UI.
After the installation, all previously installed apps that weren't upgraded seemed to work perfectly, no problems with users, accounts, passwords etc. My TV card ( a hauppauge wintv go with the cx88xx chipset) now shows a picture with screwed up colours and white noise for sound - this is a massive improvement - with mdk10 I had to modprobe the cx8800 module to get the system to even acknowledge there was a card there at all. One day - I've only had the card for 10 months - it might actually work!
At the moment I'm working on a project that is rolling Linux out across the voluntary sector, we're using Mandrake 10 with branded boxes. The audio (AC97 KT833 (?) chips worked very badly with mdk10, white noise or no sound at all. 10.1 has sorted that out at a stroke. (The shutdown/reboot crashes happen on these machines everytime they are cycled - must be a kernel bug - it's the kernel that's crashing - this will be an issue for some people). This is what you get for using a .rc2 kernel version.
Based on what I've seen and experienced so far I am very much looking forward to the official 10.1 release.
Leaving aside the politics and business hype for a moment, I think Mandrake are producing the best Linux OS around these days. And I say that as a user of SuSE 9.1 who has used RedHat (various versions), Slackware, Fedora Core 2, every version of Mandrake since 9, PhatLinux, Debian Sarge and SuSE 9.0.
Mandrake quietly produce quality.
My Linux experience started with Redhat 7.0 about 15 months ago and I progressed through 7.3-8-9. Then I discovered Mandrake. I used Mandrake very happily for the best part of a year. I decided to obtain a bought version of Linux to contribute to "Linux". I would have gone with Mandrake 9.2, but it has problems. So I decided to give SuSE a go.
The install is painless enough and individual package selection is an option.
I chose KDE but Gnome and Windowmaker are also available. Once the system had booted into KDE I was presented with the expected icons and menus. I ran into a problem when I tried to run updatedb. slocate isn't installed or even part of the distro and it took me a while to discover that I needed a package called findutils-locate which I had to download and install myself. This is not a problem for me but someone new to Linux would have problems.
DVD support was problematic but was sorted by adding a few extra files.
My dial up connection was setup during the install process and there are also two drivers on the cd's for winmodems. I also had to download the nvidia drivers. There was an nvidia package listed amongst the online updates and it installed initially. A short while later for reasons beyond me the system crashed, completely locked solid and after I had rebooted the nvidia drivers stopped working. The 5328 (latest build) package from nvidia installed perfectly and 3d is restored.
On first impressions SuSE 9.0 Personal is very slick and well thought out. KDE defaults to the Keramic style with a new Window Decoration and the result is a desktop I have barely changed, as opposed to the heavy customisation required for other distro's default desktops.
From the point of view of a Windows user, this would make an excellent first Linux OS. It is close to the feel of XP without having sacrificed any of the usual Linux features.
My only complaint is that is doesnt support my WinTV Go card (the new cx88 chipset, not the old bt78 one).