Re: [linuxham] Question for Rick Kunath about Mandriva Linux
- Jerry W wrote:
> Does one need to join the Mandriva club to get full benefits of usingNope. There has always been a free version of Mandriva. They have a
> the distro? Was thinking of trying the Mandriva Linux 2007 distro.
live-cd version too, but as it is only one CD there are not the wide
variety of drivers. I'd recommend the real version not the live cd.
They started the Club a few years back to try to get some additional
cash coming in, and offered added value to members. You got precompiled
binaries of lots of stuff. Lately though the only real commercial stuff
that was valuable was the special MFG drivers for ATI and Nvidia cards
for 3d graphics, and these were just released for free users. The flash
player and Realplayer aren't released for free users but you can just go
grab them from the vendor. You don't get them installed during the
initial install with the free version, but adding them later is a snap.
Virtually everything that is available in the Club is available out
there on the net for free anyway. It's just less looking around using
the Powerpack DVD. Since the free version has less CDs to it, not all of
the stuff is available that you might want directly on the CD. Mandriva
put stuff like a wide selection of drivers, etc. on the CD set for the
free version and left off some of the less popular stuff. This isn't a
big deal as what you want on the install set is the stuff to get it
installed on a wide variety of PC hardware. Once you have the base
installed, you set up the software mirrors and have access to everything
from either a command line utility or a really nice GUI. Installing
stuff is pretty much click off a checkbox, depends get resolved, click
apply, watch the stuff install, and enjoy.
They have really come a long way in the last few years, not only with
the GUI utils but the installer too. But I think most distros have
really improved too.
Didn't you get Kubuntu going?
Rick Kunath, k9ao