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Old 05-27-2004, 12:22 AM   #1
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mandrake 10 official reviews please!

now that mandrake 10 official is finally out for public download, let's hear some reviews please!

is it faster, slower?
bugs or other problems?
what makes it good?

thanks in advance!

ps. if anyone has any links to other reviews, please post them too! (for the official, not community)
Old 05-27-2004, 02:24 AM   #2
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Have been using Official for a few days.
It's great.
No major difference between official and community apart from NVIDIA drivers coming with Official and a few extra packages (RealPlayer, Firefox, Thunderbird and some other extra bits of software).

I would heartily recommend it to anyone.

Mandrake is one beauty of an Operating System.
Knocks the spots off RedHat, Suse, Debian, Slackware et al (IMHO).

I'm helping out with a project to get Linux spread around various voluntary organisations in and around Birmingham and we're using Mandrake as our distro of choice.
Old 05-27-2004, 02:32 AM   #3
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10 Official has been great for me, I've been an active user of Mandrake for about 4 years now. Probably one of the best releases they've had thus far. I'm also one of the guys in #mandrake on that recompiles newer kernels for ppl that want that bleeding edge kernel . That's been working perfectly as well. Highly recommend it to anyone. I know this isn't a Fedora forum but I must say that Fedora Core 2 gives MDK 10 a good run for its money IMHO.
Old 05-27-2004, 03:21 AM   #4
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I went off Mandrake when I discovered Slack. Had some spare disk space recently and installled Mdk 10 CE off a mag cd for the hell of it.

Very, very impressed. Everything works as it should (apart from knotes ) and urpmi is the most stable package manager I've ever used. Have installed loads of unofficial packages using it and have yet to have a dependency issue that it couldn't handle without breaking sweat.

Been using it for a month now and it's become my main distro. Still keep slack or Gentoo going to tinker with and learn/play but Mandrake 10 is works so well and is so stabe that It's become the main distro for me.
Old 05-27-2004, 03:54 AM   #5
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Exclamation ...

(warning: typing very sleepy)

I'm new to linux, and MDK10 is my first linux experience.

nvidia drivers were a pain in the ass to install, as well as learning the basic console commands, there is no newbie tutorial that pops up in your first boot and briefs you about that annoying console commands...

Imagine Windows XP needing DOS to install America's Army game for example... it's just ridiculous.

one thing I did like, was the exesive amount of software included, that's just amazing. Although I didn't know I had it (and how to install it) until I came to this forum.

what I would REALLY REALLY love, is to see Firefox and Thunderbird as the default MDK internet suite.

They are by FAR the better choices out there, and they are nothing but killer apps... konqueror who?

I'd like an apps guide, to tell me all the apps I have in my cd's, what are their for, so I can choose.

oh, and the xmms that comes with MDK10... it crashes.
anyways, juk works like a charm.

I want to download something, double click it, and that's it.
no ugly console commands, no chmod a+x bla bla bla

It would be nice if MDK10 had an assistant for these things...
and if there's already an assistant, it is really bad located, because it didn't show up in my first boot.

If this forum didn't exist, my 1st and probably last, linux experience, would have ended in failsafe because I couldn't get nvidia drivers to function properly and let kde load.

Kfind crashes too much often.

and PLEASE, I need better drag and drop support, and that button-free scrolling that windows has. (clicking the 3rd button).

right now, If I had to choose between linux and XP, I'd choose linux.
but I would only do it if had better support, like a support chat room, accesible from the k menu. instant, free, help.

right now, if I get in trouble, I have to depend on this forum.
and this is because im a power user, I can't imagine any other person I know in my place, they would freak out when they see the console lol.

I have dual boot, and I'm trying to move completely to linux...
but I come back to XP for gaming...

I think that gaming is one big opportunity for MDK and all linux distros, getting developers support, and exclusive titles (like in console wars) will get more people to try it. same goes for business apps, but in that aspect, linux has a very solid base.

I know lots of small business companies that are moving to MDK to lower costs.

I think that MDK10 is great, and has lots of things to polish, but the most important thing, is that I feel it's on the right path.
Old 05-27-2004, 04:26 AM   #6
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Is it faster Yes due to Kernel 2.6
Bugs Problems Depends On yor hardware Check compatability on Mandrake Site.
What Makes it good Ease of Install , urpmi pakage Managment .
what makes it bad Problems with download Mirrors i think Mandrake has this as a priority to fix.
Regards Sharkee
Old 05-27-2004, 04:51 AM   #7
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Warmaster, the nvidia drivers have to be installed that way as they're proprietary and can't be included with the downloaded package.

For installing software try the 'install' section under mandrake Control Centre. Tis all gui with ne'er a command line in sight. Just search, select and install. Tis as simple as that.
Old 05-27-2004, 05:22 AM   #8
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Just finished installing MDK10 Download and so far so good.

Faster booting: Check
Better Hardware Configuration: Check
Prettier Interface: Check

I'm loving MDK10. Just came to it after 9.2 and while I liked 9.2 i still used windows for a lot of stuff. The way 10 is looking so far there won't be any more windows usage for me.

On install of 9.2 I had a few minor problems with getting some of my hardware working right and couldn't get graphical lilo to install so had to use GRUB. 10 found everything spot on and even supported hardware accelerated 3D for my Radeon 8500. Simply awesome.

I definatley feel confident in using this distro for my friends new computer I'm building as they are fed up with windows.

I'm not a member the MadrakeClub but after a week or two of MDK10 and everything working nicely as it has so far, I will definatley be joining!

Old 05-27-2004, 05:25 AM   #9
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To all:

We have a Distro Review section on LQ, the Mandrake one is here. Could I ask you to post your reviews there, please -it helps LQ and other users if reviews are kept in one place.

Old 05-28-2004, 02:45 AM   #10
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thanks for all the reviews!!

wow, the OFFICIAL release has a buggy xmms?? thats disappointing...

sorry xavier, i forgot about the review section!


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