oldwierdal Posted September 14, 2008 Report Share Posted September 14, 2008 Hi! I'm an old fart disquised as the new kid on the block. I've been using Linux since 2003, jumping first into Red Hat 9, then Fedora, and most recently, CentOS 5.2. During that time I also played around with Debian and the Debian derivatives, but always returned to rpm-based Linux. Fedora began to be a chore for me, with their really aggressive release cycle. So I moved to CentOS. That was much more relaxed. But just a bit too relaxed. Sort of reminded me of Perry Como. Those of you under 30 probably don't have a clue there. I tried openSUSE 10, and gave it up. I again tried openSUSE 11.1. Better, but still no seegar. Yesterday, and for a while this morning, I installed and configured Mandriva 2008.1. Wow! I'm really impressed. Not only did the installer correctly identify and configure all my hardware, but it also installed my HP Photosmart C4240 automatically! I had been prepared to do some wrestling with drivers for this, that, and the other. I had all my ducks in a row, ready for the task. Not really disappointed, I didn't have to do much of anything. Something which has been lacking in nearly all the Fedora/Red Hat products is help documentation on board. All of the community forums are always ready and willing to help, but I have always thought it would be great to have the help documentation on board in a user/reader friendly format, rather than having to wade through man-pages, or googling on line for written documentation for some things. With my new toy, Mandriva 2008.1, it looks like almost all that I might be looking for is right here for documentation. Great! OK! Now for the other shoe! Mandriva 2008 is great/ However, I was disappointed that I didn't find my favorite little editor, nano, as part of the standard install. I was able to find it by googling, and got it installed, but every distribution I've tried from day one had nano. Personally, I think it is every bit as versatile and powerful as vi and vim, and for me it is far easier to use than either of them. Also, I wish sudo were included as a standard option. With sudo, and proper use of it, the risk of accidentally forgetting you've gone into su mode, and destroying your box is almost gone. Obviously, nothing is ever completely 'sailor-proof.' But sudo sure improves the odds for safety. I just have two remaining anomolies to fix; The first is rpmbuild. It's crying about a missing dependancy; $ sudo rpm -ivfh rpm-build*.rpm error: Failed dependencies: patch is needed by rpm-build-126.96.36.199-1mde2008.1.i586 elfutils is needed by rpm-build-188.8.131.52-1mde2008.1.i586 rpm = 1:184.108.40.206-1mde2008.1 is needed by rpm-build-220.127.116.11-1mde2008.1.i586 So, I'll need to wade through that. The next is VMware Workstation 5. The rpm installs, but, $ /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl chokes. I'll keep working on those problems, and post back for help if I can't get past them. Meanwhile, I'll just close with KUDO's to the writers and developers for fine work. owa [moved from Installing Mandriva by spinynorman - welcome aboard :)] Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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