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  1. 2) This is probably because you don't have the "devel" packages installed. These developer packages are needed to build software using the ./configure; make; make install method. You should be able to find them in the MCC software installer - gtk-devel might be the name of the gtk package.


    3) You do need some extra plugins unfortunately, but not ones that came with the dvd. It's illegal to decrypt dvds to view them on linux, so you need to get the files from elsewhere. The package is libdvdcss, I believe. There should be more help on this board if you search for playing dvds, you can get the software from http://www.mandrivausers.org/easyurpmi/index.php which should also have documentation here on the board.

  2. If you have gnome installed, try logging in and configuring vino, it should be somewhere in the gnome preferences called 'Remote Desktop.' It's VNC, but i've found it to work as well as RDP works between windows machines. On slow network connections i've found it smooth althought it has managed that by degrading to 256 colours. Should work on that 5900 port so long as you don't have another VNC server already running (RFB drake for example).

  3. I think those are two different VNC services. The one you're starting at boot runs Xvnc which creates new screens for people logging in via vnc. The take control of my computer option allows control of the session you're in at that point. There shouldn't be a conflict between the two, but maybe i've got it all wrong.


    Controlling the existing session is probably easier to use and set up than the Xvnc service, especially if it is just for one user. You might like to use kde's option to set this up:




    You should be able to find a screen like that from the KDE kontrol centre


    Well I didn't see anything in the list of programs with VNC in it.  Nor did I see port 5900.  I double checked and the vncserver is running and is set to start on boot.


    Also on the Windows boxes the TightVNC viewer "Connection details" window mentions that the default is display 0 or port 5900.


    Do you think their might be a conflict with an item in the Mandrakelinux Control Center?  Under the Online Administration there is a place to configure remote control of another machine (linux/unix, windows) that has a selection of "Allow control of my machine (linux sever) where you set a password and then click "Launch Server".  I know I've tried that a couple of times too.


    Also from the Program Menu, I am able to find and locate a shortcut to launch a Shell for TightVNC.  When I run it, it displays an input box that says VNC server:

  4. Things might have changed since I last used mandrake's shorewall (firewall) configurator.

    I think if you click on advanced an empty text box should pop up. If you put 5900 in there, that will hopefully do the job.


    A good test to see if the firewall is the problem would be to access the mandrake vnc server from the mandrake box itself. open a terminal in your favourite desktop and enter vncviewer localhost, then press enter. Hopefully, some sort of authentication pop ups should let you in. If that doesn't work, I'd think something other than the firewall is amiss.

  5. Most obviously, they are always a gnome release behind compared to ubuntu. Mand* always butchered gnome in other ways, in my experience. Moving menu bars around to make it look like kde, terrible ports of their awful kde themes.


    ... all in my humble opinion.

  6. Welcome to the board!


    Creative don't make drivers for linux as such, but they do throw a bit of money in the direction of a free software driver I believe. This driver should have come with mandrake and your sound really ought to work. When you say it doesn't work, was there any kind of error or did the cds play to the end of each track with no music coming out?

    A common problem is the sound levels being muted so no noise comes out. Try searching for a program called aumix or anything that that looks like it might be a mixer for your sound card in your desktops 'start menu' and adjust the levels.


    You ask about a serial modem, is that to connect to the internet or to your gateway computer that connects to the net? If the latter there are much better ways of connecting two computers together than serial links.



  7. if you want a root shell you could set up sudo so that you can use it without having to give a password. Then sudo -s would do the same as su without a password.


    I expect if you had no root password, su would ask you for a password still, but you'd just press enter. Can't check right now as i'm in windows.


    To change the password, use the passwd command from the root account.

  8. I don't know if you got me right: I'm running the Apache-Server on a (local) LAN...

    And the Windows-PCs in the same LAN should open the Apache-Pages when I enter the hostname of the Linux Box in the Browser's adress bar. It only works when I enter the IP.

    And the Mediawiki Software uses absolute links which link to the "hostname" of the Linux PC. So when the WinPCs access the Wiki via IP and open a linked page, their PCs try to open "http://linuxbox/wiki/....", but "Linuxbox" isn't found/resolved in the LAN.

    the dyndns service works fine for resolving lan ips, i've been using it for the last 2 years.


    you sign up, choose a name, eg linuxbox.dyndns.org, then tell dyndns that the ip of linuxbox.dyndns.org is 192.168.1.blah.


    Your windows clients will question the dns server to find out the ip of linuxbox.dyndns.org which will then ask dyndns, which will reply with 192.168.1.blah. All thats necessary is an internet connection, otherwise you have to set up your own dns server or use the hosts file.

  9. my suggestion would be to get a free hostname from someone like dyndns.org

    Its not so professional as your own name but you could have something like panicsputer.ath.cx for free. Its also very easy to use and there are linux clients to update your ip with dyndns if it changes.

  10. thanks for signing up to tell us about your software, it looks very pretty and just what i'm after- loading konqueror to get the same feature was really annoying. Unfortunately i can't get it to work :(


    djb@shuttle ~/downloads/baobab-0.1.0 $ baobab
    Undefined subroutine &main::bind_textdomain_codeset called at /usr/bin/baobab line 72.


    According to gentoo, i have this version of gnome perl installed:


    and this version of gtk perl:




  11. Just a guess...


    WikiMedia thinks that its running on a site called localhost or, maybe that is the default. When you try to login it refers you back to its main page, which is going to be most likely. This means it tells your browser to look up the page on the machine it is running on, obviously in the special case that the browser is running on the same machine as wikimedia this works.

    Try going through all WikiMedia's settings and seeing if there is an option to change the hostname or ip it thinks its running on, from say localhost/ to the computers eth0 ip address. Better still, get a domain name.



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