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  1. I first got my network working when Mandriva 2005LE was released. If you'll check, you'll see that I posted a query in the thread that explained how to set it up. That post didn't get a reply, I was forced to go elsewhere for help and had to find out for myself that the Firefox package in that release wasn't configured properly. After that time I ran into about a half dozen different issues that caused the system to hang. With all of that, I really didn't have time to file bug reports. I was too busy trying to find work arounds. I should point out that I'm following over 150 rss feeds, so I've heard a few complaints about duplicate bug reports. About this not being an "Official Mandriva" forum, I'm assuming that you are referring to the "Everything Linux" section. I remember reading an article in Linux Format that gave a glowing review of Drakbackup. At some point I think that Mandriva users need to disuss the accuracy of these reviews. Perhaps we could crowdsource our own review, it might be more accurate. I did not go out of my way to publicize these issues to the rest of the Open Source Community precisely because it wasn't my intention to run Mandriva down. I do think though, that as users (and sometimes paying customers) we have a right to write our own reviews (whether you like it or not). Now, with a title like "Admin" and 11976 posts, I have to question who is really the elitist here. I do have enough experience with Mandriva to know that there are a few problems, and that those problems are almost certainly part of the reason for the decline in Mandriva's popularity. With a title like "Admin" and 11976 posts, why didn't you help me solve the issue with 2005LE? Didn't you think that the Centrino wireless drivers were one of the most important things to happen since the creation of Mandrake? It must have added considerably to Mandriva's userbase. Now, if I were a cracker, I would look at this thread and think to myself "Here is an "Admin" who doesn't care about backups". I don't have to get into a pissing contest, I'll just wait for the crackers to get a hold of you and let nature take it's course, it's called "natural selection". 11,976 posts and you haven't figured out that Drakbackup doesn't work, maybe you were looking for this thread https://mandrivausers.org/index.php?showtopic=27509
  2. Thanks Adam. I just tried to update the system and noticed that the system didn't wait for all of the packages to download before installing. Perhaps the packages are now grouped by dependancy? If so, then this will make the system a lot more reliable. I don't know when this change came about, but I think I remember a time when it didn't work this way. I've had some failed installs in the past. This is another thing that deserves recognition, thanks again.
  3. Yeah, I don't think I'm going to be a fan of kde4.
  4. Thanks Adam. I do watch the blog posts, btw.
  5. "Plasma Toolbox" . . . thanks for pointing that out. "kde4 feature" bummer. "snapshot" ok, I'll buy that. "downloads information" again, I really prefer to have the information available when I'm offline. Thanks for the response.
  6. I've noticed that Fedora doesn't store package information for offline use. I REALLY hope that Mandriva isn't going to start doing that.
  7. Back when Mandriva was my main distro I used Gnome to get around a problem with Arts, it kept causing the system to freeze. Thanks for the suggestion though.
  8. Actually, I did say thanks for the way they built Konqueror. The reason why it's a mini review is because I've been using Mandriva since Mandrake 6.0 (remember that?). Ok, there a lot of other problems that have been around for quite a while; Such as the way the time stamp in the Drakbackup log doesn't match the time stamp in the filename, I can't check 2009 on this because they've set up their security model in such a way that I can't fix it myself. Is there a root file manager? Is there a root text editor? Here's a positive, when I open Control Center, go to the System tab and open a root terminal I see that the font is readable. This is great, in previous releases the font looked like 'Tazmanian Wombat 1pt'. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU for fixing that!!!
  9. First impressions: The first thing that I noticed is that there was a lot of static coming from the speakers. It took me almost 45 minutes to figure out that I needed to open the mixer, configure channels, check the capture channel, click ok and then disable the capture in the mixer window. It seems that the built in mic was causing feedback that resulted in the noise. In the future it might be a good idea to disable capture by default, just a suggestion. I don't know of any other way to deal with the feedback, so have no idea whether or not I'll ever get capture working properly. I really do like the artwork, the only thing is I wonder why there is a Gnome foot in the upper right corner of the KDE wallpaper. I do appreciate the fact that you folks built Konqueror so that it still splits the tabs like it used to. I'll probably be using Konqueror for a file manager more than for web browsing. There are just some changes that I'm not ready for yet. BTW, there doesn't seem to be a Home icon, I'm finding that to be a hassle, but I think I can fix it. I should also note that Ekiga freezes, I can't even do the initial configuration. I have to open System Monitor and kill it. I've taken a look at Drakbackup and I'm as disapointed as ever. It doesn't see the CD/DVD drive, it only see's /dev/sg0. As an added constraint, I can't log in as root to edit the configuration file, I can't even view the file. So, I couldn't fix it if my life depended on it. The Snapshot feature seems just as lame since it won't even save it's configuration. SO, a broken system stay's broken, period. When browsing through the package manager, if I click on a program the Control Center basically freezes with "Getting 'info' from XML meta-data..." in the status bar. This never happened before, what's up? Is it trying to access the internet and if so Why? All in all, I'm very dissapointed. Mandriva has really been going downhill in recent years. [moved from Talk-Talk by spinynorman]
  10. Hey everybody, Some time ago I was reading one of the Planets (I'm not sure which one, maybe Ubuntu) and someone posted a link to a yahoo pipe that was made up of a bunch of Open Source Planets. This meshed somewhat with something that I had been thinking about for a while. I had been wanting to find a way to bring a bunch of disparate resources together for a unified search. What I mean is, a way to search alt.os.linux.mandriva, os.linux.mandrake, mandirva users.org, Planet Mandriva, Mandriva Security and any other Mandriva resource that I could find with only one search. It has always seemed like such a pain to go to a bunch of different sources and do seperate searches for each source when I need info. Sometimes you really have to dig to find the answers that you want. Anyway, I finally got around to editing the pipe to include some of the sources that I have collected over the last few years, here's the link. I would appreciate any suggestions or improvements, thank you. http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?_id=...amp;_render=rss [moved from Forum Discussion by Greg2]
  11. Try 'Run command . . .' nautilus --browser B)
  12. I would agree with that. As far back as Mandrake 6.0, I found out that Mandrake would access a bad hard drive, but it wouldn't tolerate faulty memory. If there is anything wrong with the memory then it will refuse to install. M$ won't help you diagnose a problem like this, Windows is oblivious to bad memory. B)
  13. taupist

    DVD issues

    Recheck your Xine settings. You need to mount the DVD as a raw device, /dev/dvd B)
  14. taupist

    ipw2200

    Ok, If you unzipped the firmware into /lib/hotplug/firmware . . . As an aside; It's absolutely critical that you get the right firmware for your driver . . . Did you create a directory in "/etc" called "firmware"?? You should have it (/etc/firmware). You then have to create a soft link to "/lib/hotplug/firmware" (which is where your firmware should be); As Root, issue this command in the terminal ln -s /lib/hotplug/firmware /etc/firmware Next, open "Configure Your Computer", go to "Set up a new network interface" and you should see a list with "eth2: Intel Corp.|IntelĀ® Pro Wireless . . ." Select this item from the list and click next, you should be able to accept default values. Next, go to "Reconfigure a network interface", you should see a page called "Manage connections" with a dropdown box at the top. For each item in the dropdown box (including the wireless), go to the "Options" tab and make sure that the "start at boot" option is unchecked. When you get to the wireless item in the dropdown box, do the same and also go to the "Wireless" tab and make sure the field "ESSID" is blank. When you are finished with all the items in the dropdown box click "Ok". Next go to the "Security" section and "Set up a personal firewall . . .", make sure none of the boxes on the first screen are checked and follow through to the third screen where there is a dropdown box at the bottom of the screen. In this dropdown box, select the wireless interface (possibly, "eth2") and follow through with the rest of the options. You should be able to reboot and select a network from the net applet in the system tray, you'll have to type in you're Root password to connect. Best of luck to you and enjoy!
  15. Most of us have heard of "Man In The Middle" attacks, one form that MITM takes is this: You go into a coffee shop that has a WAP and log on, pretty soon a guy comes in and sits down a few tables away from you. When he logs on (unknown to you), he activates a virtual WAP. This is possible with the Atheros wireless chipset which can be both a wireless client and virtual WAP at the same time. If he can find a way to interrupt your wireless signal then your system will automatically bind to the next strongest signal (which is probably his virtual WAP). So, just that easy, your network traffic is routed through his laptop. At this point I'll just ask you to use your imagination . . . To avoid this situation, you have to check the configuration of your wireless card. You're looking for a setting called "ESSID", if your "ESSID=any" then you are vulnerable. Just blank the "ESSID" field and save the configuration. Now, whenever you don't have a connection you have to manually select a network from the list and type in your Root password to connect. Problem solved. BTW, if you let someone 'gank' your system like that it is the moral equivilant of what's called the "fools mate" in chess.
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