I'd recommend Mandrake Linux to anyone
who thinks that Linux is not suitable for the desktop
. If you've installed
the latest RedHat
distribution only to end up stuck
with a broken
system that's never even heard of your graphics
card, then Mandrake is practically calling your name.
It autodetected all of my hardware, including a GeForce 2MX, a Soundblaster Live and a network card connected to my Cable Modem
The install process is almost
as user-friendly at the Microsoft Windows
equivalent. Basically, you just work through these steps:
* Select a partition
* Select the target role for the system (Desktop
* Select additional applications to install
* Select a printer
* Select your internet
And 20 minutes later, you'll be surfing the web using Netscape or Mozilla under KDE or Gnome.
Mandrake even includes an auto-updater to keep your libraries up to date without having to get your hands dirty.
I'll admit that it's still quite easy to break
your newly-installed Linux system, especially if you play around with the Mandrake control panel
, but to me, the Mandrake distribution is still a major
step towards making Linux a credible desktop operating system.
Hmmm... Downvotes... I guess maybe the above writeup could be considered patronizing
or something, but I don't see how. After all, I am
the guy who downloaded both RedHat CDs and couldn't get it to install...