Mandrake Linux Packs Punch

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-12-03 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Built around the 2.4.8 Linux kernel, Mandrake Linux 8.1 PowerPack fancies itself a full-featured workstation system.

Built around the 2.4.8 Linux kernel, Mandrake Linux 8.1 PowerPack fancies itself a full-featured workstation system. In tests, it turned in decent results, but its not clear whether that will be enough to overcome similar advances found in competing open-source offerings from companies such as Red Hat.

Mandrake Linux 8.1 PowerPack was a snap to install, and, at $69 and loaded with useful applications such as StarOffice, the PowerPack is a good deal.

I had trouble getting the DNS address entry configured because it is hidden from the setup GUI (see screen), but I wrangled it in eventually, although no thanks to the documentation. Mandrake Linux 8.1 PowerPack was released in late October, at the same time as the server version of the operating system, the $149 ProSuite. The stripped-down Standard edition of the program costs $29.

The product is available in retail stores or from the Mandrake Web site (www.mandrakestore.com).

 
 
 
 
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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