[Techtalk] Mandrake 9.2

Brenda Bell k15a-list-linuxchix at theotherbell.com
Sat Oct 18 14:01:08 EST 2003

Quoting Hamster <hamster at hamsternet.org>:

> The only negative thing I can say about mdk is its blasted nuisance of
> an
> msec programme. 

You and me both... but after 5 years of Mandrake, I'm finally resigned to
just ignore it :)

> But in summary, I see no issues in installing 9.2, but this is a very
> personal opinion cause I use mdk as a desktop, whereas you use it as a
> server. 

You pretty much gave me what I needed to push me over the edge.  However,
in a separate post, Carla wrote:

> I know that hordes of people adore Mandrake, but no matter how hard I 
> try, I just can't like it. There are too many weirdities. 9.2 is no 
> exception. Like all Mandrakes, the install is easy and flawless. Actually
> using it is where the trouble begins. The primary troubles are in the 
> over-abundance of GUI config tools.

I just realized that my preference for Mandrake is probably the fact that I
do use it as a server.  I fell in love with 'Nix before I'd even heard of
gui's, X and window managers.  Took me 12 months to get used to my first
AIX install -- cool thing was that the AIX gui's would show you the command
line syntax so you could figure out how to do something for the first time
using the GUI... then use the command line the next time you had to do it

I rarely use the desktop for anything besides making sure my web sites look
OK with alternate browsers.  All the manual how-to's seem to work perfectly
on Mandrake even when they're Redhat-specific and I learn a lot more by
doing it the "hard" way.  The really weird thing is I could never get a
Redhat install to stabilize so I finally gave up.

Go figure.


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