Originally posted by SPeedY_B Personally, I think that mandrake are trying to move away from the noob-ish image that they have and become a more proffessional distro. But it's still a good place to start.
i have linux mandrake 9.0 installed on my machine with xp as my primary OS...
Linux Mandrake 9.0
The first two install discs contained all the drivers and software for me to use all of the following hardware in my machine (which is all of my hardware)
Asus P4S533 mobo
Asus GeForce 4 mx 440 ( don't dog the 440 )
ATI TV Wonder PCI
Creative Labs Extigy (External USB Sound Card) (no remote centre software yet)
LG CD Burner
Pioneer Slot DVD
ZIP (parallel) external drive
Canon Canoscan 670 USB Scanner
SIS network card
Realtek network card
Anything you need that isn't on the disc can be automatically downloaded while performing the initial OS install, or later...
I think Mandrake is a fantastic alternative to windows... the only thing keeping me using XP more often is that i already have it customized and tweaked just to my liking, and i have yet to get round to it in linux...
the software they are putting out now (stupid reason i know) mainly WMP 9 it has seriously messed up my registry, and internet explorer has serious security risks, and windows to for that matter. also because i have used redhat on a friends computer and really enjoyed the design. I also wan't to try something new.
BTW: i just pulled up info on my modem and was wondering if anyone would know if this is a winmodem. thanks for all your help.
U.S. Robotics 56K Fax Win Int Configuration Profile...
Product Type US/Canada Internal
Product ID 265699A
Data Option V.32bis,V.34+,V.90,V.80
Fax Option Class 1/Class 2.0
Line Options Caller ID, Distinctive Ring
DSP Freq 34.0Mhz
DSP Ram 32K
Mandrake is good for newbies and has excellent hardware detection. It installs the K Desktop Environment (KDE) by default which is quite comfortable for Windows users. Also Mandrake's implementation of LILO (Linux Loader) is good and you should be able to boot into the OS of your choice after it is all setup.
However on the question of modems a lot of PCI Winmodems will not work under Linux because they require special driver software that is not available for Linux. You will probaby end up having to use either a hardware ISA modem or an external modem. I use a US Robotics Sportster V90 ISA modem and have never had a problem under Mandrake - although Redhat consistently refused to recognise it!
If you decide to install Mandrake turn off "plug and play" in the BIOS as all hardware interrupts must be assigned by the BIOS and not by the OS. Also turn of any video shadowing as this can also cause problems.