[svlug] Mandrake 7.1 problems (long)
marc_news at valinux.com
Mon Aug 7 01:33:02 PDT 2000
On Mon, Aug 07, 2000 at 01:12:31AM -0700, Greg Houlette wrote:
> security considerations and how to prepare for the internet with things
> like ipchains firewalling, the OpenFirewall patches (one of the reasons I
> selected Mandrake), the differences between the Bastille scripts and the
Indeed, their security level option is a good idea.
> Having been more than adequately impressed with the Linux-Mandrake 7.0
> distribution release makes it all the more difficult to fathom what has
> happened to 7.1 and the deafening silence from both MandrakeSoft and
> Macmillan about the problems. I submitted a bug report on my problems
While MandrakeSoft would indeed be concerned by this, McMillan couldn't care
less. They are just in it for the money, whether it be linux, windows or
whatever other thing that makes them sell books.
I hope MandrakeSoft is getting a fair percentage, but in the past, McMillan
used to distribute RH, and the deal eventually fell through because of how
little money (i.e. percentage) they were giving back to RH on the sales.
> It's precisely because MandrakeSoft has leveraged their distribution from
> RH that I can't understand why it wouldn't, at the very least, be ON PAR
> or very close to it (as it was with the RH 6.1/Mdk 7.0 Distributions).
Because it forked off. Back when Mandrake-Linux was RH 5.2 plus a few RPMs
and config files, Mandrake-Linux really was a reboxed version of Red Hat
(barely better than LinuxOne), but to their credit, they worked on making
Mandrake-Linux a distinct distribution, and not just a reheated RH.
However, when they do that, they forked off. Mandrake-Linux is definitely
not RH compatible anymore (at least not both ways). I installed a few Cooker
packages (XFree 4.0.1) and it was looking for libraries in a really *cked up
place, forcing me to link /usr/lib/i586 to /usr/X11R6/lib to get their
binaries to work (thank god for strace).
> I realize that the DrakX installer is their creation, but that is not the
> only part of 7.1 that is busted. Even if you successfully get past that,
> there are problems with XFree86, SCSI, screwing up non-linux partitions,
> etc. It ain't pretty...
Not surprising, getting all that right it hard. It requires lots of time and
people, and a big QA lab.
> I've done most of the above with the exception of flat-lineing it and
> installing RH 6.2 (or 7.0) even though I have that distribution release
Nope, you still have the option to do
rpm -Fvh *.rpm on the new RPMs
(not that it will necessarly work)
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