Well I updated the system. I am still not convinced that Mandrake is good for updates. However I liked what I saw. Much more polished, but I feel Mandrake has know passed that point.
I knew it was coming, but Mandrake has now become the user friendly distro of preference, It is very good for people moving from other OSs, but if you want to keep the configurability of Linux, then this is no longer the way to go. I will probably keep a simple Mandrake install on a partition, for those users that need simplicity at any cost, but I think I am done with this distro, So Long and Thanks For All The Memories.
After updating, I found my printer will spit out a sheet of paper, I don't know if this is a bug in the printer or Cups, but it used to work, so I suspect a bug.
When configuring the update source the list of mirrors will give an error 9 signal 0 reply. The problem is simple. In the URL replace Mandrake-devel with mandrake-devel, and remove the / at the end. If that fails, then remove from the URL everything after the first Mandrake directory. Navigate there and physically follow the tree on the server.
The install was a long time, considering it was an update it took longer than an install. If I was convinced I could save all the settings and return them after install then I would do an installation.
My sound system is still screwed up, but the changes they have made make it work MUCH better, it seemed to release the soundcard properly.
However that was the end of things. My system suddenly reverted to failsafe mode, I got X server login, and only to gnome. I installed 9.2 because I thought that 10.0 had crapped out, but no, my system has finally gone totally unstable. I can run the system from the CD drive by putting Knoppix in, but even that has a tendancy to lock up (sounds like I got an IC hitting thermal O/L somewhere). The motherboard has been threatening for years, so it is no suprise, but I think my HDD has finally had enough of slaving away with sub par equipment, and is heading South.
-- So that is the end of my brief experience with 10.0.
Overall very nice, very easy, but still it is the little bugs Mandrake fails to solve. When it gets them ironed out, Mandrake will possibly rule the home desktop of non-technical users.