Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2012 13:30 UTC, submitted by davidiwharper
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Somewhere in 2001, I bought a computer magazine which came with a Linux CD. I had heard of Linux before, but while we did have broadband back then and was technically capable of downloading a Linux distribution, this method was far easier. This was my first foray into Linux - it was Mandrake. Now, though, it seems the curtain has really dropped for the French Linux company.
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Goodbye Wizcancel
by IndigoJo on Tue 10th Jan 2012 17:45 UTC
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I've tried various versions of Mandrake/Mandriva and most of them were dogs. Version 9.2 (the first I tried, I think) had a nasty bug which would cause my computer (then a 450Mhz P3, can't remember how much memory) to go into a never-ending swap which would grind my computer to a halt, and the only escape was to simply switch the computer off without actually shutting it down. That version also made some people's CD drives inoperable (can't believe I installed that version knowing about that bug - it was my Mum & Dad's computer!).

Version 10 was pretty good, but others have been unsatisfactory, and there have been bugs like, when you cancel an operation in the installer, a little box comes up with the word "Wizcancel.". The eye-candy was fairly good, but you could just install the Galaxy theme on SUSE and that would make using Mandrake unnecessary. Also, I didn't like having to partition the hard drive in the middle of configuring, rather than doing it when it started the full installation.

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