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Old 09-15-2003, 05:53 PM   #1
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Mandrake Vs. Debain

How does Mandrake compare to Debain ? Does the Professional version of Mandrake 9.1 have all the same applications as the 7 CDs of Debain latest stable version does ? If not what are the differences ? Thanks.

Old 09-15-2003, 05:58 PM   #2
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Giving everyone a fair shot and moving out of one of the contendor's specific Forums, and into the Linux - Distributions Forum

Old 09-16-2003, 01:34 AM   #3
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Re: Mandrake Vs. Debain

Originally posted by rvijay
How does Mandrake compare to Debain ?
Well for starters, MDK is regarded as relatively easy to install, while Debian is anything but. MDK is consistenly recommended as newbie-friendly, whereas Debian is considered a distro of experienced Linux users since it does absolutely no hand-holding.

On the other hand, once it's installed, Debian is known as the distro with the package management system.

There are also some newbie-friendly ways to install a Debian-based system. Libranet, Knoppix, and Mepis Linux all are Debian-based distros that offer fairly simple installations and which can be used to create a full-fledged Debian install using apt.

Does the Professional version of Mandrake 9.1 have all the same applications as the 7 CDs of Debain latest stable version does ?
Well no. Mandrake will have much newer versions of the packages than Debian Woody (stable). Beyond that I don't have the resources to tell you which of the thousands of applications involved they do and do not share. From the looks of it, Debian has a couple Gigs worth of packages on their cds that Mandrake does not include, but most of those packages are ones you will never need or want.

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Old 09-16-2003, 05:51 AM   #4
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Completly different ballgame.
Debian is made for stability in the regular release.They don't care about the newest gadgets (or hardware).
Mandrake is easy to install and has the newest gadgets.


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