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Old 01-23-2004, 09:11 PM   #1
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Mandrake Move

[rant] Sigh, well what a stupid waste of time piece of fucking junk that was. I spent 4 hours downloading it after reading some reviews extoling its virtues, loaded the CD into my system and held my breath in anticipation. I needn't have bothered. As soon at it got to starting X it crapped out and said it couldn't find any screens. Well I already know that this is an Xfree issue - and if this wasn't a CDROM I could easily load my own Xfree configuration file to resolve the issue. Annoyingly though Mandrake have set the CD to reboot on an X shutdown, so there is no possibility of editing any configuration files without X. Not that it would matter since, as I said Mandrake Move is a CDROM distro. The only way I could do this is if I could somehow edit the ISO, which of course mandrake have included no possibility to do. If Linux developers expect users to sort out the mess they make, they could at least stop ditributing full ISO's and instead distribute ISO generators that would allow us to edit configuration files and other features before trying to run the damn thing.

One thing is for sure, Knoppix this is not. If I put Knoppix into this sytem (KT600, 1024MB 433MHZ Ram, Radeon 9800 Pro Graphics card, 460GB HDD) it just sings along nicely and installs eveything as sweet as can be.

I mean what is wrong with these people? Are they really so short of testers that they can't test their software fully? Is my configuration really so weird and exoitic that there is no way they could have taken it into consideration. Man I could choke someone I swear it.

I spend a lot of my time advocating Linux to others. If Mandrake Move is supposed to be an advertisment of the best Linux developers can do, then maybe we would be better off if we all just gave up now? It isn't likely to pusuade anyone.[/rant]

Well I feel a little better now at least.

Old 01-23-2004, 09:23 PM   #2
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Hmm. I just tried it out today and I didn't have any probs. Did you check the md5s
Old 01-23-2004, 11:55 PM   #3
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Yeah man, it's X. Normally it should be easy to fix, but because it's an ISO I can't. Besides which I am firmly of the opinion that I shouldn't have to mess with it. I'm pretty sure I could put Knoppix in my Vacuum Cleaner and it would work. Why can't Mandrake Move be the same?

I heard is was supposed to be even better than Knoppix. Maybe you have older hardware than me?

I would beta test for these guys, but I have done this before and unless you are a member of their club, they tend not to be very responsive.

Which is why I guess they miss out on picking up bugs like this.

Old 01-28-2004, 02:58 AM   #4
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Mandrake move

Got exactly the same problem. Says it can't find any screens and then
sits there.

Weird thing is, I have Mandrake 9.2 *installed* on the hard drive of the PC and it works fine!

Really does not bode well. The first thing you do when testing anything
is do exactly what the other guy will - put the disk in and boot from it.
This sure as hell isn't rocket science.
Old 01-28-2004, 04:43 AM   #5
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MandrakeSoft staff don't have time to deal with all the people who haven't bought anything and still expect support.

Having said that, there are lots of places in the community you could try to ask for a solution to your probs. Usenet (alt.os.linux.mandrake tends to be very helpful) or, mandrake mailinglists (see their site), etc.

You may also be interested in PCLinuxOS, a third party bootable distro based on Mandrake 9.2. I haven't tried MMove but PCLinuxOS works out of the box on my PC and offers you more choice in GUIs to boot.
Old 01-28-2004, 08:44 AM   #6
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I kinda liked Mandrake move...I tried it on a few PCs and laptops, it hasn't crapped out yet.

But as much as I love Mandrake (I run Mandrake 9.2) I prefer Knoppix for a CD based distro...its just too damn good.


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