I thought I'd give some of my comments on some points...
My MDK arrived Monday from aquaintances in Wales - I got both
the "last" beta and the "release" version. Decided to take
the newest to work...
--- Donncha O Caoimh <donncha.ocaoimh at tradesignals.com> wrote:
> I installed Mandrake 7 last night. The graphical installer
> is really
> sweet. I thankfully didn't have any problems with the
> installer finding
> my graphics card (Riva TNT) or my mouse.
This was a bigger problem on the computer I'm using. I haven't
dared installing on my own system, knowing what I know from
updating MDK 6.0 to 6.1...
The system in question is an Aptiva with on-board graphics,
Ati Rage Pro II, according to /proc/pci and our internal
databases. Nope, X doesn't want to run in any combinations
of 8/16/24/32-bit on 640x480 to 1024x768. Oh, well, maybe
later. I sort of like the console. It's currently the Rio
upload/download station in this section, so it doesn't need
many tools :)
> Everything was reasonably easy. I went for the expert
> install which let
We picked normal install, with maximum security. The latter
might have been a stupid move. But, hey, I didn't push the
buttons! The problem we're having is that /usr and various
other places are not readable to anyone but root, only exec
bit is set. This means that /usr/games/fortune is *not*
available to us, gcc can only be used by root etc. And worst
of all, it regularly enforces new attributes for files and
directories. It shouldn't have been called 'High security' -
this is 'Fascist security'. I'm not sure if I should call it
a feature or a bug, as I'm no security expert.
> The partitioning software was impressive too, but it nuked
> most of my 8GB fat32 partition.
We installed on a system which we didn't have a recovery CD
for, so there was no way of getting win95 on it.
> applications. I didn't think the "Pentium optimized"
> binaries would make
> much difference to normal apps but windows seemed to pop up
> faster than
> in RH 6.0, and the system was more responsive.
> Of course, this could be due to a newer XFree release.
I noticed the same increase going from RH6.0 to MDK6.0, so
it's not the new X. But then again, I read of a certain bug
in the original RH specs for glibc, which meant it was at
quarter speed compared to something you'd compile yourself.
> The supermount thing didn't seem to work either for some
> reason even
> though /etc/fstab included the supermount keyword in the
> cdrom line.
> *shrug* I'll look into it.
I'll have to read more about how this is supposed to work :/
Is it useful outside X+fancy explorers?
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