Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I like life simple, and I despise discovering hidden complexities behind mundane tasks. I want minimal effort to yield huge impact -- and that's what I get from the Mandriva PowerPack 2006. I can perform installation, setup, update management, and routine tasks without having to fiddle, tweak, or even think. It's just my desktop, simple and clean, and when I want to kick it into high gear so I can prove to be the best little worker-bee in my office, I click buttons or follow menus, and it just works. Windows definitely doesn't do that!
Don't get me wrong -- I love configuration files, bash scripts, and just about anything that reduces my machine to white text on a black screen. It's exciting to become more intimate with the innards. But I've realized that I'm a businessman who just happens to be in the business of technology. I have clients that I need to serve. I need powerful tools to get my work done, and I need to spend most of my time on the core components of the job at hand. I can't be held up by a cumbersome desktop work environment. In the competitive small business world, trying to figure out what's cluttering my Windows registry or spending even an hour to find the right driver for my new wireless card in other flavors of Linux just isn't on my agenda.
Mandriva's advantages start with installation.