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Posts posted by jkerr82508

  1. What I would do:


    Connect the second hard drive and make sure that the first hard drive is seen by the BIOS as the boot drive.

    Unplug the first hard drive.

    Install Windows 98.

    Reconnect the first hard drive and, just to be sure, again check that the first drive is the BIOS boot drive.

    Install linux, placing the Grub bootloader on the MBR of the first hard drive.


    If you're lucky, the linux installer will have created boot entries for both Windows XP and Windows 98. If not, you will need to create them in /boot/grub/menu.lst:


    For Windows XP, something like:

    title Windows XP
    root (hd0,0)
    chainloader +1


    and for Windows 98, something like:

    title Windows 98
    rootnoverify (hd1,0) 
    map (hd0) (hd1)
    map (hd1) (hd0)
    chainloader +1

    if this doesn't work try rootnoverify (hd1)


    This assumes that you are using Grub and not Grub2. If you have selected a distro that uses Grub2 then it requires some other exotic incantation, that I'm not familiar with. Mageia uses Grub as default (with Grub2 available as an option). OpenMandriva uses Grub2.


    Caveat - it's been a very long time since I touched Windows 98 and so this may be out-dated. :huh:



  2. Mandriva 2010 is long past EOL. Mandriva no longer produces a linux distribution. Some day, no one knows when, OpenMandriva may produce a stable release. https://forums.openmandriva.org/en/


    In the meantime there are several Mandriva derivatives that are worth trying:






    All three of these offer versions of the Control Centre and other graphical tools familiar to former Mandriva users.



  3. The main reason that the easyurpmi site was created was to provide an easy way for users of Mandrake/Mandriva to add the PLF repositories, which provided software that is potentially patent encumbered. Mandriva, as a commercial entity, could not risk being sued by those claiming to own the alleged patents and so provided neither the software nor an "official" way to add the PLF repositories.


    The corporate backed MandrivaLinux is now defunct (the final release, 2011, went EOL at the end of February) and so there is now no need for PLF. Such software is provided by the successor distro's directly. OpenMandriva uses the Rosa replacement for PLF, which it calls "restricted". Mageia has its own "tainted" repositories.


    These repositories can be added using the tools available within the distro's and so there is no need for easyurpmi and the code is no longer being maintained.


    PLF repositories for older versions of MandrivaLinux are still available on some mirrors, such as


    but packages are no longer being updated.


    To obtain the code for easyurpmi you could try asking in the easyurpmi-devel ML:


    Although I don't know if anyone still follows that list.



  4. I don't like to be lectured by a rather self opiniated authortarian type of individual

    I think I know to whom you are referring. Although my reaction to some of his posts is not dissimilar to yours, he does seem to help many people. I believe that he has been involved in the German Mandriva/Mageia communities for several years, but his "Teutonic" style probably can be annoying to some people. :)



  5. I have not yet tried Mageia, but am wondering about any differences between the Mageia and Mandriva package management systems? Does Mageia use urpmi?

    Mageia is a fork of Mandriva and so uses the traditional Mandriva package management systems, such as urpmi and rpmdrake. Most of the dev's who maintained those systems for Mandriva now contribute to Mageia.


    Do the commands at easyurpmi.zarb.org work with Mageia?

    Not so far as I know.


    Does Mageia have plf package repositories?

    No. Instead they have official "tainted" repo's which include most of what was in PLF.


    Are there as many different packages for Mageia as there are for Mandriva?

    Not yet, but more are being added as the number of packagers increases.



  6. As to why Mandriva dropped the traditional install media in favour of Live only media for installation your guess is good as mine.

    Some possible explanations:


    1. Maintaining an interactive installer requires more effort than the live-install.

    2. The installer is written in perl. (They fired all the perl programmers in the re-organisation last September.)

    3. They don't need the installer for their OEM products, which seems to be their main target market at present.


    IIRC there was a prolonged period earlier this year when the net-install on cooker was not working. They eventually fixed it, but it was obviously not a high priority.



  7. Mandriva will provide only a KDE live DVD - in 32 bit and 64 bit versions.


    "The community" may provide other installation media for which Mandriva may provide assistance and hosting facilities.


    To get Gnome you can either install the KDE live DVD and then install task-gnome or use the boot.iso to perform a network install (which uses the "traditional" Mandriva installer) and select Gnome.


    (The RC2 DVD is not a "full" DVD - it is about 1.7GB)



  8. Can I be so rude to ask why the old distro?

    There could be any number of reasons. I still have an old PII, with Mandrake 9.2 installed. I keep it because it was the last release that fully supports a 22 year old parallel port printer that I have as a backup. I haven't had to use it for years, but I do boot up the system from time to time and check that it still works.



  9. Thank you Jim :thumbs: :D

    You've probably found them already, but the repo's are also available;




    and the updates:




    A year or two ago, distrib-coffee attempted to ensure that they had every release of Mandrake/Mandriva available, hence:




    I don't think they've quite got everything, but it's the best place to check, for anyone looking for old Mandrake/Mandriva releases.



  10. I wish I knew about a urpmi settings file somewhere that would allow me to specify some or all of the above options for use when using urpmi through MCC.

    Take a look at man urpmi.cfg. I know that no clean and limit rate can be set in /etc/urpmi/urpmi.cfg. Perhaps the other options can also.


    I believe that when there are two packages with the same name and version in plf and the official repo's the plf package will be preferred by urpmi as the "newer" version, since plf is "greater than" mdv.



  11. There is still no XMMS or gapcmon (APC UPS Back-Ups) packages.


    Nor can the Frei0r-plugins for OpenShot be easily installed even though the present version of OpenShot and its previous version call for the installing of feri0r-plugins during OpenShot startup. Seems like some of the packagers are not actually looking at the programs running. I tracked down the package and its three dependencies which seemed to install OK but OpenShot still can't find the plugin.

    A number of packages have been built (IIRC including frei0r) and will be available for Mageia 1 as soon as the necessary processes are in place for updates and backports.


    I am wondering whether the deal with the ROSA crowd has anything to do with the Mandriva takeover. Are they perhaps part of the takeover setup. If that happens to be the case then it is goodbye to the Mandriva as we knew it.

    The Russian company responsible for Rosa is the company that took control of Mandriva last September.



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