Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 20th Sep 2002 02:15 UTC
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris A few months ago we wrote a full review of the Lycoris Desktop/LX operating system, but many releases happened since then and some things have changed. The Lycoris folks sent us the latest official version (+ online patches), we tested it, and here is what we think about it.
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Looking good
by Paul Eggleton on Fri 20th Sep 2002 07:04 UTC

Great review, and a very promising product, though I've always thought that of Lycoris - one more major version with a few more clean-ups and I'll seriously consider buying it, if for no other reason than to help them stay afloat. As has been said, they've acheived a remarkable amount so far.

I don't see how you can complain about their install process - to my mind, it is easier and friendlier than Windows, and certainly nicer than a lot of other Linux installers. There are a few hardware detection issues to be sorted out, though.

To those who think X should die, take a minute to think about how this would ever work in the current scheme of things. You'd no doubt lose compatibility with all the existing X apps (of which there are now thousands), not to mention losing the very nice ability to do remote desktops, a feature that is now built-in to Windows XP and becoming more and more popular in Windows, and thus is more likely to be missed. No, I think the way this problem will be solved is if the XFree86 team come up with some major improvements in XFree86 5.0, which from what I've read it sounds like they are planning to do.