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Old 11-27-2004, 07:40 PM   #1
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Mandrake or Linshire?

Hi guys,

I am complete newbie at Linux with hopes to learn. I wanted to know if I should go with Linshire or Mandrake?

I've read people saying Mandrake is better than Linshire because it's completely free where as Linshire there is a free to use CNR to update/download new softwares.

Please acknowledge me with your opinions.

Thank you
Old 11-27-2004, 08:16 PM   #2
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Mandrake is good for beginners. I started out with it and it's easy and does everything for you but it's still Linux (that's a good thing). Linspire on the other hand is crap. I haven't actually used it (and never will) but everything I've heared about it is negative. My advice is to go with Mandrake.
Old 11-27-2004, 11:17 PM   #3
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Linspire is a major security wreck. It's bad practice to run as
root. If you're going to learn linux, take the advantage of
running as non-root.

Mandrake or Xandros. Even Lycoris is better, but bad for
geeks (old libraries). [I'm assuming you're a desktop

Old 11-27-2004, 11:58 PM   #4
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You dont have to run Linspire as root, and its a stable OS for the desktop. I wouldn't however recomend using it now, because they are soon going to release a updated version. You only have to pay for the Click N Run once and download everything, and it will remain free there after. That said, Mandrake is great, and is not as cryptic as Linspire since there is some proprietary software in Linspire. So its the old free speech free beer. Me I like free beer!


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