| Hm. I use mandrake as my main desktop, have since 7.0, and used to love it. A lot. 8.1 appeared, and I have had nothing but problems since the day it was installed.
Autoconfiguration used to be a dream. Now, for significant parts of the install, it is a nightmare. Internet configuration is a complete mess, mostly due to the fact that the scripts claim to work but really don’t. They’ve gone too far down the Windows path of appearing to make your life easier without actually working properly for my taste.
Moreover, I would never recommend an existing Mdk user upgrade over simply repeating an install from scratch. It has never worked as advertised. The only sane way to upgrade a Mdk system is to hold one’s /home partition separately and not fdisk/DiskDrake it.
Mandrake’s Cooker is pretty rapid in terms of development, but their beta testing has gone up the spout in the last two releases (8, 8.1), mostly because they have been more concerned with the rigidity of their schedules than the stability of their product. I don’t know for certain, but I suspect that their financial situation has had some bearing on this. When they tout a Gaming Edition over the retention of both Kevin Lawton (plex86) and Jay Beale (Bastille) you know something is seriously wrong with their priorities.