To be fair, Mr Greene in Washington admits that he has only had about 72 hours to play with Mandrake 8.2. I've been using Mandrake 8.2 for much longer and it is an understatement to describe it as "a fucking disaster". It is far, far worse. Along with the numerous shortcomings recognised by Mr Greene in Washington, I'd like to add broken font setup in Konqueror, numerous bugs introduced into KMail and dysfunctional Plug'n'Play to the Mandrake 8.2 List of Woe.
My gripes with Mandrake 8.2 (and other versions of Mandrake) boil down to Mandrakesoft's slapdash attitude. It is evident that Mandrake 8.2 has been rushed out onto the market without being properly tested. If Mandrakesoft want their distribution to be ready for mainstream acceptance, then they need to prevent niggling problems like these because their potential customers don't have the time, knowledge or inclination to resolve these issues on their behalf. Why should users bother to make Mandrake Linux function properly, when Windows works perfectly straight from the box?
If you want a stable, user-friendly operating system, look elsewhere.