Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Oct 2005 22:22 UTC, submitted by Valour
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris "It's not often that you see a desktop operating system aimed at power users. Usually an experienced user is expected to build the operating system from the command line ala FreeBSD, Gentoo, Debian, Slackware, or Linux From Scratch. Either of those options can take hours of research, config file hacking, and software downloading and installing. Mandriva Linux PowerPack Edition is quite a departure from both of those scenarios."
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I found it pretty painless
by alcibiades on Sat 29th Oct 2005 04:13 UTC
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Upgraded 2005 to 2006 over the net, and it was pretty painless. Took a few hours, but at the end of the day it worked just fine on restart. If you've been using Mandriva all along, not a lot has changed, though the author is wrong to say there have been no changes since 9.x. There have been lots. I was on 9.x. Probably no worth going into history, as this is too obviously wrong.

The nice thing about this version of Mandriva, as compared to 10.x, is it just works. Had all kinds of problems with 10.1 and 10.2, refusing to install on perfectly ordinary hardware. The nice thing as compared to Suse is, rpmdrake works better and gives access to a wider range of software than Suse. Yast simply does not handle dependencies in a sensible easy way at all. Yes, you could use aptrpm, if you can figure out how to get it in. rpmdrake will simply install it, and synaptic then just works.

The printer configuration is much easier than Suse. Quite why in 9.2 you had to go down to the command line and define usernames and passwords again to access your printer has been beyond me. Some of the window managers are better and some worse. In Suse, the default aesthetics of kde don't appeal. In Mandriva, Windowmaker doesn't work properly out of the box, the paths for the icons are all wrong. Not a big deal, but careless.

Kernel headers are not updated during the default upgrade, which means the ATI drivers won't load. Most naive users will not have a clue how to do this. This was the only really glaring issue I found. For the rest, very pleased, and would strongly recommend it.

But, if you want a light distribution, this is not the one. Slackware or Debian would be a much better choice.

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