Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 13th Sep 2003 03:48 UTC
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris This is a critical review of the installation, setup and actual performance of the Mandrake distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system, version 9.1, and comes as a second part of's Mandrake review. (You can see part I here.) The review will cover these areas: (1) Installation and install-related setup; (2) Post-installation system administration; and (3) System performance. The review will end with a general evaluation and will assign grades on relevant areas.
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re: freedom fries
by Syntaxis on Sat 13th Sep 2003 22:06 UTC

"I guess you don't understand Free Software philosophy. Mandrake is a 100% Free Software desktop, so it makes sense to call it a Free Desktop for Free People."

Sure, provided that you don't actually want anyone to take it seriously. Shouting "FREEDOM!" at the top of your lungs is going to have far less success in converting people than simply touting the products on its own practical merits.

Besides, you're missing the point. Just go to and you'll have no difficulty in finding other distributions that are wholly Free (by either the Debian or FSF definitions, or even just Open Source if you like, whichever wets your whistle). This is really not that much of a differentiating feature, and does not deserve repeated mention throughout what claims to be a critical review. It certainly shouldn't be in the title, either.