Thursday, December 02, 2004

Mandrakelinux 10.1 - more comments

For some history of my experience of using Mandrakelinux see these previous posts:
  1. Mandrake 10.0 Community
  2. Mandrake 10.0 RC1
  3. Mandrake 10.0 RC1 and i810
  4. Wireless Success (again)
  5. Mandrakelinux 10.1
It seems that for whatever reason, my prism54 card is less reliable under this than under Ubuntulinux 4.10 (Warty) and Fedora Core 2. Odd.

Everyone and their dog has commented on the fact that Mandrakelinux 10.1 ships with GNOME 2.6 as opposed to the superior 2.8 (which ships with Warty and FC3). What's worse is that Nautilus (2.6.3) in this version is fairly unstable - especially when working with remote files (presumably due to the improvements in gnome-vfs in 2.8). When I say fairly unstable, I mean it's restarted itself a few times so far (or I've had to kill a Nautilus window which has forced it to restart).

The control centre is a very nice piece of work though. The whole thing is very user friendly, and I am impressed. Like I've said before, 10.1 is what 10.0 should have been; it's just sadly a little bit late.

Still if you like RPM-based distros (and I do) and are new to Linux (or just want a maintenance free box) then Mandrakelinux 10.1 could be for you.
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