Thanks People for your assistance, I will keep plowing through this whatever it takes.
I have discovered a few things since my original post.
Since Linux is installed on a "test" machine I can really try anything without fear........he,he,
Anyway, When I first installed Linux Mandrake I used the standard install, not "expert" and I selected just about all of the packages that were offered on the initial setup screen, what I found out was that RpmDrake was not installed (at least not a graphical Icon representing it) I was able to run it from terminal by typing RpmDrake though.
this next question should be a new post but, here goes.
I have this pc connected to two others running windows.
apparently no icons were installed in the control panel for networking and internet settings, for they are not there.
How can I get these icons established and or how can I check my network settings or other computers on the Lan?
Thanks again for your assistance, this sure feels weird.... I am a longtime windows user and have not been this lost in a long time.