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Old 08-11-2004, 08:50 PM   #1
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Upgrading Mandrake


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I bought Mandrake 6.5 a cople years back, and its been sitting on the shelf since then. Can I install Mandrake 6.5 then upgrade it to the current version? Again, a newbie here, any baby steps on how to do this is apprecited.

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I'm currently running the latest stable release of Debian, however, right off the bat I had to figure out how to update XFree86. It took a little time (thank god I know a little about getting around in linux -- simple file copies, chmod, mounting thats about it.)

I'm just looking at the possiblity of killing debian, installing Mandrake 6.5 and updating it to version 10. Something with more hardware support etc. I'd really like to get everything up and running easily like my modem, printer, usb mouse etc...and just get online. Once I do this then dig deeper into linux.

Please help.

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Old 08-11-2004, 09:50 PM   #2
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"I bought Mandrake 6.5 a cople years back, and its been sitting on the shelf since then. Can I install Mandrake 6.5 then upgrade it to the current version? Again, a newbie here, any baby steps on how to do this is apprecited."

From a practical standpoint, no. Mandrake 6.5 did not have the automatic update program and a jump from 6.5 to 10 is just too large for either a human or an update program to figure out.


"I'm currently running the latest stable release of Debian, however, right off the bat I had to figure out how to update XFree86. It took a little time (thank god I know a little about getting around in linux -- simple file copies, chmod, mounting thats about it.)

I'm just looking at the possiblity of killing debian, installing Mandrake 6.5 and updating it to version 10. "

The best way to do this is to reconfigure your partitions so that you have Debian in one partition and an empty partition. Then install Mandrake 10 into the new partition. Dual boot Mandrake and Debian until Mandrake is stable, Then erase Debian.

By that point you will know enough that you can try installing freeBSD in the empty partition and dual booting Mandrake and freeBSD.

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Old 08-11-2004, 10:00 PM   #3
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Thanks Steve,

I've been looking at Suse Pro. Everyone gripes about Windows so much and how "you" should try Linux, but, it would be nice to have a Linux distro that just fly's out of the box on the i386 for newcomers...then from there one could move further into learning linux more in depth. This would problebly result in more converts from win to linux, no doubt. I think Linux has going to evolve into an OS that installs and the general user can start doing productive work rather than fiddling around with setting up the OS itself.

imho,


again, thanks for the post.
 
Old 08-13-2004, 08:20 AM   #4
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Why not just wipe the drive and go for a fresh install of Mandrake 10. This would be the simplest thing to do and i think you will be very surprised at just how easy mandrake installs.It`s hardware detection is excellent and the install is mostly automated, taking less time i believe than a windows install.

Anyway, just an opinion,...goodluck with whatever you decide

cheers
 
Old 08-13-2004, 12:29 PM   #5
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Mandrake 10.0 official is the one to go for.
You can download it for free from a variety of places including the main MDK site.
Install is a breeze - very similar to a windoze install, except that instead of taking well over 2 hours with endless driver CD swapping and post install configuration issues, with MDK 10.0 you can be up and running within about 35mins.
 
  


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