Quote:> I'm a relative newbie to Linux having played with Slackware a few
> years ago.
I dunno if that really makes you "new", unless you only played with it
for a bit then left it alone.
Quote:> Today I installed Mandrake 8.2 on an old dual Celeron machine
"...an old dual Celeron machine"? I hate you. :-)
Quote:> and thought I'd pass along my experiences and maybe help dispel a lot
> of the FUD put forth by the Microsoft brigade.
Both are quite welcome around these parts.
Quote:> Installation was flawless and a LOT quicker than my experiences of
> installing XP on the same machine. All my hardware was successfully
> detected (heck it even had a monitor profile for my aging Sampo
> thing!) and configured perfectly.
A familiar story for many of us. I had the same eXPerience with
Mandrake on my system... :-)
Quote:> To say setting up my cable modem AND sharing it with my kids machines
> was a gift would be overstating it!
Overstating perhaps because it's all par for the course with Linux,
there's nothing special about that... :-)
Actually someone I know just last night declared that XP's internet
connection sharing is... err... unsatisfactory. They'd spent ages
playing with it but couldn't get it to quite do everything properly,
so he finally decided to just set up a Mandrake box to do it.
This guy has no predisposition to either OS; he tried first with XP
because it was already there, but the GUI designers failed him, I
Quote:> Samba? Did I mention Samba? Installed and configured in, oh I dunno, 2
> minutes maximum.
And it's better at Windows' networking than Windows is, too!
Quote:> Performance wise, simply, it rocks. No doubt about it - it flies! XP's
> performance on the same machine was appalling, indeed it makes XP on
> my 1.6Ghz Athlon machine look like its running through treacle.
> Am I a convert. Yup.
> Am I pleased. Nope... delighted :) An OS and more applications than I
> can shake a stick at for free!! Move over Microsoft - Linux is on MY
Hey, mine too! Welcome to the clique! (this is a private joke, if you
hang around here for a while you'll probably get it... ;-)
Good to hear linux is working out for you as well as it is for me; hope
it continues to do so. Thanks for the post :-)
Mike. (remove "-spam" to mail me)
GNU/Linux -- the OS that advocates itself.