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cheaper Mandrake upgrade?

Can you tell us exactly which Dell model this was? Did it have the 
Centrino wireless stuff, or is it older than that?

How is your wife when it comes to linux knowledge? If she's like my wife, 
she enjoys the games, and she's learning more and more command-line stuff 
all the time. Would she be willing to give Debian a try? I got my wife 
hooked on Gentoo with the emerge tool, so maybe she'll like apt?

David Backeberg (dave at
Network Staff Assistant
MIT Math Dept.
Rm. 2-332            (617) 253-4995

On Wed, 8 Dec 2004, Seth Gordon wrote:

> A year or so ago, when my wife bought a new Dell laptop and wanted it 
> defenestrated, I bought a copy of Mandrake Linux 9.2.  I don't feel like I 
> got a terribly good "value add" for the money--in particular, the fancy 
> friendly auto-configurator didn't recognize our wireless Ethernet card--but 
> maybe time has blurred my memory of all the headaches I had installing Debian 
> on my own laptop.
> Anyway, my last attempt to upgrade or install RPMs didn't work and actually 
> led to some of the menus in the Gnome application launcher being corrupted. 
> I assume this is because the latest official version is 10.1, and even the 
> unofficial mirrors have stopped tracking 9.2.
> An official copy of "Mandrakelinux 10.1 Powerpack" costs $85, and a 
> subscription to their update service is $20 per year.  If I get the CDs from 
> CheapBytes for $9, am I going to miss anything important?

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