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  1. Hi, I recently switched back to mandriva after running fedora on my old laptop for 2 years- so far it's been a great joy to be using Mandriva.But it seems that I have forgotten lot of Mandriva tricks over these 2 years. So I need your help. Here's the problem: I am trying to retain the downloaded rpms while applying updates using rpmdrake. I have attempted this by editing the /etc/urpmi.cfg file and by adding the no-clean:1 in the global options. But everytime I start line this option gets erased and thus no files are retained in the /var/cache/uprmi/rpms directory. This is probably not the right option to do this. If there is any workaronud this problem I will really appreciate it. Thanks in advance, A. [moved from Installing Mandriva by spinynorman]
  2. Any clue where are the 64bit isos?? I can find the 32bit iso at anorien.warwick...... but not the 64bit ones. Thanks.
  3. Looks like Mandriva had its revenge on me. I have Maple-9.5 installed on a x86-64 machine running Manriva-2006 flawlessly. But the same software fails to install on a laptop running SUSE-10.1. Complains about not finding libc.so.6 ..... ( they are all there , after all these are glibc files) . Using the modification mentioned on the Maplesoft's page ( though it is meant for Maple-8 on SUSE-8.1) , I am facing a new dilemma - gzip cannot uncompress a so-called vm.tar.Z file. So the question is has anyone manged to get around this and install maple-9.X on the latest suse. Apologies if this is posted in the wrong forum. A. [moved from Software by spinynorman]
  4. Thanks Arctic and Scarecrow, I think I will go with Slack. Any particular version? Thanks for the tips. A.
  5. Hi, Recently my educational institute received a donation of 20+ old computers ( with pentium 166 , 64MB ram and 1.5 GB HD). We expect our students to learn some C programming, to be able to use emacs and/or vi , run latex , plot graphs etc. Can anyone suggest which would be a good distro to try on these machines? I thought of using LTSP but that's not an option at the moment. Thanks in advance, A.
  6. I have the 5cd set so this method works for the 1st cd only ( as the other Cds do not have any repodata). I guess you don't have this problem with DVDs as everythings in one place. Any ideas? Thanks. A.
  7. Thanks for the tip, but i must say it is very terse for me who has been pampered by urpmi. Let me be more specific. Say if you were to install emacs from one of the CDs. What command would you use? Should it be "yum --enablerepo=/media/disk install emacs" ? I tried that and it obviously fails. Please lend me a hand here. Thanks again, I wouldn't know how to do without this board! A.
  8. Thanks for the prompt response but I had looked at already - the problem doesn't exist with FC4 as system-config-packages effectively takes care of this but the problem begins with pirut replacing it, which needs yum to be set up. Thanks again, A.
  9. After using Mandrake/Mandriva for a couple of years, I decided to test-drive the new Fedora Core 5 on one of my machines. After installing it , I I realized that I forgot to install stuff like tetex/gcc etc. Now I am faced with the very annoying problem of finding the rpms from the 5 CDs and installing them manually. On Mandriva, this problem is taken care of by urpmi. What is the analog of this on Fedora? I know of yum but can it be used while being offline, i.e. not using the online repositories? In FC4 one had system-config-packages but on FC5 there is pirut which again needs yum to be set up....... I tried using pirut but it keeps on saying " unable to retrieve software information" and then dies. I do not wish reinstall fedora ( it takes way much longer than mandriva) Can any one help me out here? Thanks in advance, A.
  10. The news of thac's return is very encouraging! Regarding the inclusion of proprietory sis drivers is there any chance that they would provide 3d support to sis-661 chips? Where does one get those drivers from? Thanks and a huge welcome back to Thac. A.
  11. Unless one really cares for the latest macromedia flash support on the browser and for playing windows media files ( .wmv) - there seems to be no problem with Mandriva 2006 ( I have installed RC2 and updated with the packages from cooker when it was frozen). Runs fine on my Athlon64 3000+! For using macromedia flash you have to use 32bit firefox and for playing wmv files you might want to use the 32-bit xine-lib xine-uii and win32-codecs( which is available from plf). Some limited flash is supported on the 64-bit port with gplflash. Otherwise - I think it is a fine distro. Only complaint I have ( though it is not mandriva's fault) is that I cannot compile xfce3 on 64bit.( Yes, I am a sucker for CDE!!!) A.
  12. Thanks Ianw1974, AussieJohn and Dexter11 for all your posts. Here is a couple of clarifications: 1) The "hack" which AussieJohn had suggested - I had used that before it would give me the regular kdm that comes with kde-3.4.2 , not the mdkkdm I want. 2) As for dexter11's suggestion - I had already installed the mdkkdm rpm! Maybe I should ask how does one install custom kdm themes? Thanks again, A.
  13. Hmm, don't recall doing that! Mostly kept on hitting the enter key duirng the install - may be should reinstall it.... However, drakedm does allow one to change the dm to either kdm,gdm or xdm. Not seen mdkkdm on the options. Thanks for the tip though.
  14. I musr confess that I don't like the new themed kdm that Mandrake/Mandriva had been shipping since 2005LE. Is there a way to hack the kdm to show up like the old mdkkdm which was available on Mdk-10.1? I noted that the mdkkdm rpm is available under the contrib repository which I installed but to no avail. Can any kind soul help me out here? TIA, A. [moved from Installing Mandriva by spinynorman]
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