See, that’s why I advised Red Hat

Okay, that’s not true. I recommended Red Hat because I’m using Redhat 8 and I know it works. However, I suspect that the many folks who recommended Mandrake 9.2 were doing so on the basis of its 9.1 release, not because they have used it themselves. Mandrake 9.2 is not looking so great at the moment, at least not for those with LG Electronics CD-Rom drives, which apparently are widely used in Dell machines. However, the statement from LG Electronics seemed to imply that the problem is a Linux incompatibility, not a Mandrake one, so clearly more information is needed before we can conclude either:

a) another distro would be a better option for beginners

b) Dell users can’t migrate to Linux

Now, (b) can’t be entirely true, as I’m typing this on a Dell Latitude CPx running Redhat 8. However, it’s pretty obvious that before you install Mandrake 9.2, and quite possibly any other flavor of Linux, you’ve got to make sure you don’t have an LG Electronics CD-Rom drive.