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Old 26. Oct 2010, 07:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been flirting with several distros trying to find one I really like and have to say that for me the way Mandriva does KDE is far better than anyone else. The desktop is a real pleasure to work with and I found more than enough amongst the built in options. I did install a custom mouse but that was it. I'm not going to imply that this latest KDE is 100% because it still has bugs but most of these are related to peripherals like widgets which you can easily avoid with a bit of forum research beforehand.

Unfortunately, compared to Ubuntu the networking side does not seem so efficient or robust. For me everything was slower and unlike Ubuntu, Mandriva does not recognise my mobile broadband modem, even with the Sakis3G script. Firefox pages open much quicker with Ubuntu and the whole online experience seems less laboured somehow.

Needless to say things are also a lot harder to find than with Gnome and the package management can't match Ubuntu's Software Center.

Mandriva also seems to have an ongoing problem with providing consistent updates many of which failed for me with broken rpm's. There also wasn't the promised option to change the mirror on first run to a local server which was annoying and maybe contributed to my problem.

On looks alone and even with the odd bug I might have stuck with it if I could swap between wired and wireless as easily as with Ubuntu. As it is, Mandriva will have to be consigned to my wish list pile until they improve their network management
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Old 27. Oct 2010, 03:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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this thread may be of help MC

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthr...76#post1549676

wireless and correct way of updating the system...might want to read all.

i use the MUD edition on a very old lappy.

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Old 27. Oct 2010, 05:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mandriva was the first linux system I tried. That was several years ago and I ended up settling with Simply Mepis untill switching to Ubunto 10.10 last month.

A Quote from Paul Divers Review of Mandriva
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Mandriva likes to promote their distro as simple and ideal for beginners but come off it guys, does it really sound like a beginner would know how to overcome the hurdles I have just described? I doubt it. Take a hint from Mint and see how polished it is because that is what I would advocate as the ideal beginners distro
From their website I get a sense that Mandrive is geared towards business solutions although their home desktop version has popularity.

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Old 27. Oct 2010, 07:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the links guys

According to my own research the mobile broadband issue is specific to the modem I have.
With Ubuntu it "just works" on my newer machine and also manually on the older one after a couple of attempts.

Still no issues with Ubuntu 10.10 except for the odd screen flicker which again is being quite widely reported for my graphics card. Also lost the pre-set screen res at one boot today but it corrected itself.
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Old 01. Nov 2010, 02:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sometimes it's easy to lose yourself with the meaning of life so please be honest if you think that this was an appropriate response to the query I posted here:

http://forum.mandriva.com/viewtopic....9de2fb8#833433

In the end, I decided to stick with Mandriva for no other reason than I like working with it better. I do prefer KDE to Gnome, Kubuntu just doesn't "do it" for me, and the KDE Mint option seemed to have a few too many issues being raised in their forum.

Having swapped first from Windows to Ubuntu and then to Mandriva though a lot of what I learned during the first switch now doesn't apply to Mandriva.

All I was hoping for is that someone would say "Yeah, to run the f-prot scanner open a konsole and type.........."

Was this really too much to ask for?
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Sometimes it's easy to lose yourself with the meaning of life so please be honest if you think that this was an appropriate response to the query I posted here:
Ah yes the dark side of Linux. One of the first things that almost swayed me away from Linux was the getting lost with the command line and the second was the rude responses from the help forums. Some forums should come with a disclaimer warning you to be thick skinned.
It never fails to amaze me how some can use their knowledge on a subject as a way to smack down others.
Probably time for them to crawl out of their parents basement and get some fresh air and sunshine
I found Linux Questions.org to be one of the better and more civil Linux forums.

I have often found fixing simple Linux errors can be a very convoluted process. Nailing jello to a wall maybe easier.

Glad to see Mandriva is working for you. I used Simply Mepis for 3 years which also uses KDE as default. I figured I would try Ubuntu 10.10 and so far IMHO its still over rated and just a slight improvement over Mepis.

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I used Simply Mepis for 3 years which also uses KDE as default. I figured I would try Ubuntu 10.10 and so far IMHO its still over rated and just a slight improvement over Mepis.
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Thanks for the other forum link.

Funny you should mention Mepis because I really liked it, V8 in particular which still has the older KDE desktop. The problem I have is that I bought a new Samsung monitor and it doesn't recognise the default resolution. I read a few posts from folks with similar setups without much of a concrete answer so I moved on.

Should add that since I made the above post here, some more constructive assistance has arrived in the Mandriva forum but no word from the admin who "solved" the thread so presumably this kind of attitude is OK with them.
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Old 03. Nov 2010, 11:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hey MC if you like KDE maybe you should look into Pardus too. This distro from what i had so far has never had a problem with any of my routers and wifi cards.

And ya it usually is the feeling that that kind of an attitude is ok around fluent linux users (but not all). Dont know why, probably a sense of superiority over windows user? I dunno.
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Funnily enough I was talking about this here yesterday:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...gnewsense.html

Off topic in that thread though which is why it isn't obvious

As you will see my experience was not 100% because I couldn't work out the connection using the live CD. Every other distro I've tried so far either connects automatically at boot or I merely enter my account name and password as a new DSL setting and away I go. I tried everything with Pardus which was reporting "connected" but nothing was happening. I even reverted to my installed system (currently Ubuntu on this machine) and double checked all of my settings but still no good. At the moment I just don't have the time to do a full install and mess around with different network managers. This is maybe just me not doing something right. Shame really because Pardus is really different and quite intuitive compared to the other stuff available.
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