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Old 10-05-04, 11:44 AM   #1
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Default Mandrake 10 or SuSe 9.1 Pro?

I wish to install one of these tonight, as I already own them. I want the one that is most user-friendly to installing NVidia drivers and getting 3D up and running properly. That is a must.

The rest, I can figure out as I go, as I do have some limited Linux experience.

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Old 10-05-04, 11:10 PM   #2
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Default Re: Mandrake 10 or SuSe 9.1 Pro?

I would go with Mandrake 10 for a couple of reasons:

(I have installed and used both distros btw)

1). Mandrake is easier to configure things such as DVD playback in a variety of players using urpmi and the plf archives.
2). Installing the Nvidia package in Mandrake is pretty painless. Download the .run file, change permissions, run the file and it should just work.
3). Mandrake has a great community in the Mandrakeclub.com site that will help you if you run into problems.

YMMV of course and depending on your hardware you may find that SuSE is the better distro for you. I have installed SuSE on machines that just didn't like Mandrake and vice-versa. It is a crap shoot at best.......... so good luck with whatever you choose!

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Old 10-06-04, 05:33 AM   #3
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Default Re: Mandrake 10 or SuSe 9.1 Pro?

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I would go with Mandrake 10 for a couple of reasons:

(I have installed and used both distros btw)

1). Mandrake is easier to configure things such as DVD playback in a variety of players using urpmi and the plf archives.
2). Installing the Nvidia package in Mandrake is pretty painless. Download the .run file, change permissions, run the file and it should just work.
3). Mandrake has a great community in the Mandrakeclub.com site that will help you if you run into problems.

YMMV of course and depending on your hardware you may find that SuSE is the better distro for you. I have installed SuSE on machines that just didn't like Mandrake and vice-versa. It is a crap shoot at best.......... so good luck with whatever you choose!

Steve
Cool. I am in SuSe 9.1 Pro at the moment, but am having an issue or two. First, I updated the kernel prior to the NVidia drivers, so now I cannot install them via YAST. You have to install them first. There is a workaround, but if all else fails, I can just reinstall it and do the NVidia drivers first.

Second, is that I cannot get my mouse(Logitech MX500 USB) to scroll.

Any idears on that one?

Other than that, things look good. The DVD and DIVX playback thing is trickier with SuSe, but I have the files packages somewhere and I am sure that I will figure it out...
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Old 10-06-04, 07:25 AM   #4
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Default Re: Mandrake 10 or SuSe 9.1 Pro?

I have an issue with Suse 9.1Pro. The networking is screwed. It's like it's being throttled and it causes lock ups. Even doing ls -la on a large directory from a remote machine can hang so have to kill the remote connection. ftp gives very slow transfer rate. I never had the problems on the machine before switch to 9.1. It previously was Suse 8.1 and got the problem after the upgrade, in trying to sort it I did a clean install of 9.1 but it don't help.

Mandrake 10 I have installed but only on a virtual machine, it installed fine and seems okay, obviously not tried gaming on it.

Suse 8.2 is fine and I have 61.11 drivers installed and Doom3 working nicely, plus Quake3 and the UT2004 demo.
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Old 10-06-04, 07:50 AM   #5
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Default Re: Mandrake 10 or SuSe 9.1 Pro?

I use mandrake 10.1 (and have been a mandrake user for years) and very happy with it. Packs or subscriptions include nvidia drivers. I have no problem to play with it, UT2004, et, rtcw and now doom3
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Old 10-06-04, 12:11 PM   #6
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Default Re: Mandrake 10 or SuSe 9.1 Pro?

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I use mandrake 10.1 (and have been a mandrake user for years) and very happy with it. Packs or subscriptions include nvidia drivers. I have no problem to play with it, UT2004, et, rtcw and now doom3

I am glad to hear that - now can you please provide us with your hardware specs .....

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Old 10-06-04, 01:40 PM   #7
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Default Re: Mandrake 10 or SuSe 9.1 Pro?

I have purchased SuSe for years, but the latest one didn't pack with a compiler. I had dvd issues and couple other complications. Then I went to Slackware and it was twice as fast, and the dvd and wireless worked with no configurations. Check out Slackware 10
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