Since my not-so-kind review  of Mandrake's latest beta release, I've been trying in vain to update to the latest cooker in hopes of putting out a more positive review for them given their popularity and loyalty of users. The issues I mentioned were not isolated to my install and I've been hoping for some fixes.
However, as stated this has been in vain. From corrupted packages freezing up urpmi, outdated mirrors, and Mandrake's hardware failure, I haven't been able to do anything for that install. There are even talks of these issues and others delaying the release of Mandrake 10.2.
Hopefully these issues will be fixed soon and we can have a more accurate picture of what Mandrake 10.2 will be like. Stay tuned.