31 August 2006

Recent ancient history: Mandriva 8.2

I was handed a machine running this (4 or more years old) Linux distribution to update & make shiny today.

Other than the old version of URPMI (Mandriva's package manager) not knowing rsync:// URLs, it all went smoothly — the machine is now a Mandriva 2006.0 box and awaiting some more RAM (it only has 128MB), all without me signing my life away in blood or hex-encryption. Amazing stuff.

A few index updates & the command  urpmi --auto-select  makes it all look too easy.

I can’t picture it being much more difficult with any of (say) Debian, Ubuntu, Slackware or SuSE either.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

as long as you can only drive Ubuntu from a command line only...