Installation nice, even though I told it to install as "developping machine", the kernel source wasn't installed. I had to add it later. There was no easy online-software-fetcher because you have to pay for that (not that I blame them) Everything seems to be up and running.
Setting up the NVidia drivers was the usual pain, switching back to runlevel 3 and executing the script (where it told me that the kernel source wasn't there). Anyways, I got it runnning somehow... at least I see the NVidia logo on bootup.
CD Burning goes with K3B, didn't bother with a DVD. Audio extraction is at 1x speed at best, just like in SuSE. Why? I'll better not ask.
DVD playback disabled like on any system: I didn't bother to investigate.
Anyways, it seemed like a pretty decent system. (No firefox and no thunderbird... geez... didn't bother installing them after what I found). Since I played newbie, I looked around for nice applications. SuperTux is a fun SuperMario clone, and Chromium is a great shooter.
Still, I was playing newbie and found a thing called "Rosegarden". Scccchweeet! A QBase-like thingy! SmilingGirls uncle is going to be delighted... At least that's what I thought. I found out that Mandrake didn't setup Midi playback. Even after fiddling around several hours and seaching the web for solution, I have never gotten the soundcard to output any Midi sound. In all fairness: I didn't even try Midi-playback in both Ubuntu and SuSE, but you know how this goes: I find the proggy in the default menus and then I expect it to work out of the box! Heck, even on my Microchannel Soundblaster v1.0 in Win3.1, Midi worked just fine.
Linux fanboys, one of your peers tried Linux and came to the conclusion: no, it isn't ready for the desktop. At least not for Joe-End-User. I personally might live with those few problems, but Joe Newbie won't. This is why Bill Gates is rich and Linux is only used by a few Geeks who *think* they know what computers should be used for.
Perhaps I am not an unbiased person to compare Windows with Linux: after all I've been using several Windows variant since over ten years. My Linux experience only goes back significantly since 2000 (I had a laptop running Peanut Linux and it did everything, I wanted it to do) Perhaps someone with a 10 year experience with Linux would have a different outcome.
I will post to tell you if I got any significant problems onder WinXP Pro with this machine. Perhaps I just chose crappy hardware and it won't work under Windows either.
(Posted in Konqueror on Mandrake Linux Official 10.1)