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Newest Mandrake Linux Delayed 179

Posted by timothy
from the damnable-import-duties dept.
Jens Lönn writes: "Linux seller MandrakeSoft has had to delay shipment of its newest version of Linux because of problems in moving manufacturing to the United States. Mandrake Linux 8.1 is available as a download, but the first CDs of the product were supposed to ship by the end of September. "Getting 8.1 production up and running in North America has been a slow and expensive process," the company said in a e-mail message to those who have ordered the CD." Since Mandrake makes certains things so easy (smooth installation), I hope they soon get their newest release again on Walmart shelves across the U.S.
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Newest Mandrake Linux Delayed

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 12, 2001 @08:32AM (#2419179)
    There have been lots of troubles all around w/ this MDK release - devfs causing headaches, a kernel level security issue ... maybe a delay could give them time to apply fixes so that the Wal-Mart crowd won't be left wondering, "Just what is this kernel thing anyway ... "
  • by Solidblu (241490) on Friday October 12, 2001 @08:35AM (#2419189) Homepage
    I know what you mean I almost did that at least 5 times, call me stupid but I think a white box with a check or no check should be a standard for selecting or not selecting things because if you don't understand that you are too stupid to be deciding something
  • Of course... (Score:4, Informative)

    by Greylin (72313) on Friday October 12, 2001 @08:37AM (#2419194) Homepage
    There is always the availability of CDs via Cheap*Bytes [cheapbytes.com]

    All three CDs (two install and the supplemental) including shipping for $10 US
  • by Ripat (19963) on Friday October 12, 2001 @08:38AM (#2419198) Homepage
    Mandrake 8.1 really works great for me. It has gotten much better since the last few versions.

    KDE 2.2.1 and mozilla 0.94 is included, which is very nice, and I can really recommend this version!
  • by Jaysyn (203771) <`moc.liamg' `ta' `todhsals+nysyaj'> on Friday October 12, 2001 @09:03AM (#2419256) Homepage Journal
    Ok stupid ;).

    If you change the theme of the Installer GUI (bottom left hand corner) it does have little silver & black checkboxes. Of course, it would have been nice if they made that theme the default.

    Jaysyn
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 12, 2001 @11:00AM (#2419824)

    sorry, but i have to disagree -- mandrake 8.1 has TONS of problems related mainly to the new GUI wizards they included for all kinds of setups.

    i'm referring here specifically to their "Internet Connection Sharing" wizard (ugh, what's with that Windows nomenclature), which is supposed to setup up proper IP forwarding and some firewalling features, but falls furstratingly flat on its face. the anti-aliased KDE is pretty and obviously they spent lots of time on fluffiness and likeability, but they need to work harder on the tools they came up with.

    there's a long way to go in this respect, especially with regard to the inclusion of like fifteen different tools to do the same thing in a *standard* installation, which will surely confuse many of the newbies this product is aimed at.

    on mandrakeforum.com the consensus has been that this 'final release' should've been nothing more than an 'RC', since day 2.

    peace

    -p
  • by flez (463418) on Friday October 12, 2001 @12:05PM (#2420201) Homepage
    Well, for one. [slashdot.org]

    Also, read through some of the past articles on Mandrakeforum starting with this. [mandrakeforum.com]
  • by Vicegrip (82853) on Friday October 12, 2001 @12:08PM (#2420213) Journal
    devfs is reporting errors on bootup, my primary cdrom (which I booted and installed from) isn't being mounted despite the fstab entries...

    Something is unstable in my system and I'm not sure what it is: after a few minutes of running X the video occasionally starts to get corrupted... these things never happened to me in 8.0

    I'm going to regress back to 8.0 which was quite simply: solid. I'm simply not knowledgable enough with their distro to be able to troubleshoot the problem. All I can say is that 8.0 was great.

    p.s. installed 8.1 fresh from CDs (not an upgrade)... anyways.. for those interested, my system is an Athlon 850 Asus A7V and Matrox G400/SB Live/3COM3c905b/AcerCDRW
    Installation CDs burned after doing MD5 checksums on ISOs, and then afterwards on RPMs on CDs.
  • by fperez (99430) on Friday October 12, 2001 @02:36PM (#2421219)
    LM 8.1 has been getting *very* negative comments (like I'd never seen before) on their forums. Just go here [mandrakeforum.com] and see for yourself.

    Devfs is causing many people no end of grief, I wonder if Mandrake is going to actually fix a few things while their "production delays" are taken care of. If they don't, I suspect 8.1 is going to be one bumpy ride for them.

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