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This is the followup to part one of the Mandriva 2006 Review. Next to a discussion of the features of Mandriva Linux 2006, the used software and hardware, the installation of the system and the first impressions (including some benchmark numbers), part one includes a background article on Linux software installation. That section was generally well received, but unfortunately some people didn't get the point.

It was never supposed to 'prove' that software installation on Linux is more intuitive than on other platforms, nor did it make a point about the Linux system installation. In fact, the only point to the article was to explain the background of Linux software installation just as one might explain the constellation system of automatic gears in cars to those who only have knowledge of manual gearboxes and can't imagine a simpler and easier-to-use system.

No knowledge about this background is required by anyone to use Linux and install software on a Linux system, apart from that one has to do a setup (on Mandriva through easyurpmi.zarb.org) and that there are tools to make use of the system, nicely gathered in the Mandriva Control Center - just as with an automatic gearbox one has to know about the various positions: P, D, R and possibly 1 and 2, to be able to drive, but not about how the gearbox actually works mechanically.

And of course, I had to explain that whenever I talk about some application in this review, urpmi [some application] will get it installed for you.

In this second part, the configuration of Mandriva Linux 2006 is discussed, along with hardware support and issues. Then some software will be highlighted - things that are new to Mandriva Linux 2006 and some that are just of general interest and deserve to be mentioned.

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