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Developed in Russia, using Synaptic as it's package manager, as well as capable of using APT and RPMs. Junior is a single CD distribution designed for the home user and the beginner to the world of Linux. Junior also has extended support for winmodems.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 10
easy to install and use, wonderful hardware detection and integrated desktop manager setup, with great support via the ALT forum.
Most application documentation written in Russian. Some limitations with automated sound card configuration and network sharing 'wizard'.
My full review of this distribution can be found on my website at: http://www.virtualsky.net/altlinuxreview.htm
Below is a couple of paragraphs to get you started...
From the installation screen, you can plainly see the remnants of Mandrake. Also, Junior relies on many of the Drak interfaces for setting up hardware and OS services. This is good, however, since Mandrake is one of the most user friendly Linux distributions available on the market today.
The similarities to Mandrake pretty much ends here. The Junior development team have put a great deal of effort in making this distribution even easier for the Linux ''newbie'', which makes this a very good place to enter the world of the Linux OS for many people, home and office users alike.
Samba and LinNeighborhood -which are used to interface with MS-Windows PC via a network connection- are installed and configured by default (as well as Flash and Java web browser support). This makes it very easy for Microsoft users to maintain access to their files already existing on their other PCs running MS-Windows. Before this, Linux users had to install and configure these kinds of services themselves, after installing the OS. This is something that I found, as a new Linux user, somewhat confusing.
Mandrake -and Red Hat for that matter- use the RPM software package handler to assist in the installation of new software. Junior does too, but does not rely on the hit-and-miss RPM interface that the former distributions use. Instead, Junior utilizes the Synaptic front end application; a huge advancement in Linux package handling in my opinion (more on this later). As an extra bonus, Junior also has the capability of installing softare using the Debian based apt-get package handling system. This use of both systems makes thousands of software titles available for downloading and installation. A big step forward in simplifying the Linux experience.