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Mandrake Linux 9.2 Hits the Street 410

Posted by michael
from the not-debian-but-pretty-good-anyway dept.
joestar writes "Just announced at Mandrake's website, Mandrake 9.2 (FiveStar) has just been released. Mandrake Club members get full access to 9.2 ISOs (through BitTorrent), as well as... all 9.2 contributors and translators. But the best news, in addition to all (impressive) 9.2 features is that everybody can access the traditional binary & sources tree! Public release of Mandrake 9.2 ISOs will happen at the same time as Mandrake 9.2 Pack availability in retail. It makes sense."
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Mandrake Linux 9.2 Hits the Street

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  • by kikta (200092) <jason AT kikta DOT net> on Tuesday October 14, 2003 @01:18PM (#7210640)
    So I was a Mandrake user for the both the 7.x and 8.x series. I liked it a lot, but I also had quite a few crashes (usually KDE apps). I know lots of other people have had the same gripe about Mandrake in the past, i.e. that it was very nice, but pretty unstable.

    Has Mandrake's stability improved in the 9.x series? I'd especially like to hear from folks who were testing the Cooker versions that became 9.2. Thanks.
  • by javilon (99157) on Tuesday October 14, 2003 @01:20PM (#7210665) Homepage
    Some of the members of Mandrake Club can't get the ISOs because they are behind "transparent" proxies set up by their ISPs. The reason is that MandrakeSoft is using the user's IP to allow the bittorrent download, but for people behind this proxies MandrakeSoft sees the proxie's address instead of the user's address and doesn't authorize the use of the bittorrent tracker.

    This is happening to anyone using Spain's Telefonica ADSL. This covers almost everyone in Spain.

  • DVD Playback? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 14, 2003 @01:25PM (#7210727)
    The release page says that the Discovery Pack provides DVD playback! How can they do this without distributing something (illegaly) equivalent to DeCSS? Does it have a closed-source and commercial DVD player software?
  • by shibbie (619359) on Tuesday October 14, 2003 @01:34PM (#7210848)
    Why do the default UI's in Linux distro look so Windows 95? Why do they have to look all the same despite Redhats and Mandrake's custom themes? I know you can have funky bells and whistles if you want to customize but if you look at Windows XP out of the box it STANDS OUT and YELLS "I'm different!" (from previous versions of Windows). By the time we get up to spec on Windows XP's curved UI as a default UI, Longhorn will be about with its 3D user interface and Linux will be sporting the oh so old XP like GUI. What we need is a default skin or theme that is round like Aqua, that doesn't have an annoting "K" or footprint as the Start button. IANAD (Designer) but square start menus and frames just don't cut it anymore. Let INNOVATE rather than copy, I know there are some fantastic web designers out there that can do wonders with GIMP (etc) and plain HTML. Surely a UI isn't much more difficult?
  • Ads in Mandrake 9.2 (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Kadagan AU (638260) <kadagan @ g m a i l . c om> on Tuesday October 14, 2003 @01:44PM (#7210952) Journal
    They addressed this already [mandrakelinux.com].
    It seems kind of slow due to slashdotting.

    On a side note, this time the slashdot sensationalism really disapointed me. I've been eagerly checking Mandrake's site for a while now, I've got a computer that's waiting to have 9.2 installed on it. I'm waiting for the free download, then as soon as I'm sure I like it, I'll run out to buy a copy. Does anyone know if Best Buy will carry this one? I saw them with an older version years back.

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