The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva 2007 Spring Free (Mandriva 2007.1) - Page 2

Afterwards, specify the root password:

Then create a normal user account (falko in this example; that's the user we will use to log in to the desktop later on) and click on Accept user:

We don't need another user account, so we click on Next:

If you want your user (e.g. falko) to be automatically logged into the desktop when the system boots, you can enable this here. As window manager we select GNOME (since that's the one we installed):

Afterwards, select your monitor model and the screen resolution that it supports (normally a suitable model is pre-selected):

Next, the installer shows a summary of the current settings. If you like you can now change settings, e.g. your keyboard if you don't use a US keyboard. At least you should configure the time zone because that way we can enable automatic time synchronization (NTP):

Next you can check your graphics card configuration by clicking on the Configure button right of Graphical interface. You can use the following buttons to change settings if necessary. If the settings are ok, click on Next:

Back on the Summary screen, hit the Next button:

We will install updates later on from our Mandriva desktop, so select No on the Updates screen and hit Next:

The basic installation is finished now, so remove the CD from the CD-ROM drive and click on Reboot:

After the reboot, the First Boot Wizard comes up. This is just for filling out a survey, so if you don't want to do that, you can click on Skip Wizard:

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From: at: 2007-05-11 06:48:27

Thanks to Falko for this great guide! Just some extra pointers:

In addition to the methods listed here, there's also a simple official way to add the official Mandriva software repositories. It's explained at the Wiki -

Setting up repositories with this method will set up the official non-free repository. This repository contains the Java plugin, so it is not necessary to download it from MCNL as recommended in the article: you can just install the java-1.5.0-sun-plugin package.

Finally, please note that the Mandriva GTKPod package does in fact install a menu entry. It's just that if you switch to the GNOME menu system as Falko recommends, you don't see it, as the GNOME menus do not cover all applications. If you stick with the default Mandriva menu system, you will see the GTKPod menu entry. Also contrary to what the article says, GTKPod does come with an icon: /usr/share/icons/gtkpod.png . There are larger and smaller versions in /usr/share/icons/large and /usr/share/icons/mini .

Thanks again to Falco for the guide!

Adam Williamson


From: at: 2007-05-11 12:56:14

When there's both a PLF and an MDV version of a package, they're usually exactly the same (PLF and MDV actually share several .src.rpms) except that some legally dubious features are enabled in the PLF package but not in the MDV package. So it usually makes more sense to install the PLF package than the MDV one. This is the case for, for e.g., xine, gtkpod and vlc in the list of packages. The PLF builds all include support for patent-encumbered codecs that aren't enabled in the MDV build.

From: at: 2007-05-14 14:13:55

instead of two commands (urpmi.update -a ; urpmi --auto-select) there is a single command that performs the same: urpmi --auto-update

From: at: 2007-05-11 11:26:27

It would be nice if you had not relied on previous experience for documenting how to add media. For example, you can add all the media for the distribution (excluding PLF) with one command, e.g.:

$ urpmi.addmedia --distrib

The GUI way with Mandriva Control Center is the same. From the main Media manager screen, click "Add", then choose "Distribution sources", and choose a mirror.

Note that all available media are added, but some are disabled by default (specifically the backport and test media). They can easily be enabled from the Media Manager.  Adding the --interactive flag to the urpmi.addmedia commain will allow you to choose which media should be enabled when initially adding them.