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Old 11-10-2004, 11:42 AM   #1
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Considering Mandrake distribution but...

I am intriqued about Mandrake Linux 10.1, primarily because it has (according to the mandrake website) built in support for laptops (centrino wireless, battery mgmt, etc). However I have a few questions:

1. Does Mandrake keep pace with the rest of the distributions, or does it lag behind in terms of updated kernels, etc.?

2. Is Mandrae Linux based on Redhat?

3. Any reason to NOT choose mandrake?

4. Anything else I should think about before deciding on Mandrake?


Old 11-10-2004, 12:28 PM   #2
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1. Mandrake more than keeps pace with the other distros. If you want, you can even stay on the "bleeding edge" with it (i.e., the "Cooker" rpms).

2. It uses RPM, the Redhat Package Manager, but it is not really "based on" Redhat. (It might have been back when it first started.)

3. No reason not to try it. It's my current distro of choice.

4. Just make sure your hardware is compatible. If you can use a Knoppix Live-CD, you should be able to run most Linux distros.
Old 11-10-2004, 02:57 PM   #3
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Mandrake is not as bleeding edge as other distros. I use gentoo for instances and I always have the latest installed (it's more up-to-date than cooker from what I've seen). But Mandrake is still a great distro. I would definitely recommend it.
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...and I have used about 20. Mandrake is close behind Gentoo in development. Its a bit ahead of Fedora, nearly the same or ahead of Yoper and Arch. Most of the other distros out there are generally a bit more conservative. One thing that Mandrake has going for it is its huge package repository, near bleeding edge packages, an excellent package manager, and a reasonably useful default install. Mandrake ties Debian for favorite binary distro, in my book. But, Gentoo's got me hooked...
Old 11-13-2004, 01:02 PM   #5
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If you want something that will work easy then pick Mandrake

If you want the best for your system then choose Gentoo

I used to dual boot both Mandrake and Gentoo... but now I have just Gentoo..

The learning curve is steep..for Gentoo, but you will better understand your linux system.... and later on when it comes to installing things you won't be bogged down by dependancy problems.

I look over @ and see all the people complaining how they can't get something installed right... because they are missing this or that...

In gentoo I just type : emerge Nameofthegame

and I'm playing soon enough...

Mandrake is nice for easy install... but in the long run Gentoo by far more rewarding.

When other people are still waiting for their distrobution to make an RPM, i've been using that app for weeks already...


Old 11-13-2004, 05:18 PM   #6
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The complaints about something missing usually are caused by the wrong technique being used.

In mandrake the key is to use Mandrake's own URPMI package management interface.

In Mandrake issuing a

urpmi NameofGame

will do exactly the same thing, but it draws from a huge repository to boot, and it does not have to recompile everything...

The key is setting up URPMI to work properly which Mandrake (the company) seemingly keeps quite about to "guide" you into purchasing their powerpacks which only include PART of what is available via urpmi.


For a complete guide.

Once set up urpmi gives you a huge library of programs which integrate quite seemlessly with Mandrake's "initial" distribution.
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So, as you can see, your thoughts of trying Mandrake are good ones. You're heading down the right road.


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