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DistributionWatch Review: Libranet 1.2.2 - page 4

Introducing Linux by Libranet

  • May 30, 2000
  • By Brian Proffitt
You may recall that the kernel configuration list contained my sound and network cards. When the actual setup ran, however, neither card seemed to function. A quick run through netconf solved the networking problem, but the sound card stubbornly remained uninstalled. It should be noted that my particular sound card had the caveat of "experimental" next to it, so at least I was warned. I swapped my card with a SoundBlaster card and recompiled the kernel and all went well.

Much of the configuration in Libranet is handled from the console application Libranet Administration Menu (adminmenu), a unique menu-driven utility that can manage everything from time and date to X configuration to recompiling the kernel. It's a bit cumbersome to use, though, and you can bypass some of the options by starting XF86config on your own, for instance. Still, I appreciated the kernel configuration application that made recompiling less of a chore than I have had to manage in other distributions.

Printing configuration (also accessed in adminmenu) is handled by ApsFilter, which contains a fair number of printer drivers, including, I was happy to see, my rare printer's driver.

Sound is handled by kernel compilation, and actual sound events are managed within the GNOME and KDE Control Centers. Other desktop settings, such as colors, backgrounds, screensavers and the like, are also handled by the Control Centers.

In all, experienced Linux users are not going to have much of a problem wading though the configuration of their machines. Adminmenu provides a good start, but it is far from a streamlined configuration interface. This lack of a strong central configuration tool may trip up new to intermediate users.

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