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I am utterly confused by this new OS. Its unlike windows in every way, and I have trouble with simply woking out how to install programs for linux. So, a tutorial would be very helpful, rather than posting millions of separate questions.
Also, I'm having some trouble with kopete, which was installed with mandrake.
I created a msn account in the list of emails, and then proceed to log on. Upon entering the correct details, i am told the password is incorrect, even though ive tried many times. Any help?
As far as msn, i would check out the kopete site, msn and yahoo seem to change rather often so there are updates to both gaim and kopete. Installing apps with mandriva, i believe is done thru the control panel, I think they have a frontend for urpmi.
To get updates for kopete or gaim just run the Mandrake Update program in the Mandrake Control Centre. There's no need to go searching anywhere for updates - they're all there.
You also might want to go to http://easyurpmi.zarb.org (or google for 'easyurpmi mirrors' if that's down) and setup access to the software repositories. This will dramatically increase the amount of software you have available to install (via the Mandrake Control Centre or the urpmi command).
I went to the control panel, as suggested, and went to the update area. When it asks me whether i want it to check the network connection, i click 'yes', then a message comes up saying that it cant find a suitable mirror, most likely because 'the architecture of your processor is not supported by Mandrakelinux Official Updates'. It has a 3.06 GHz processor, but i must admit, its had its fair share of knocks and bumps.
So, it sounds to me, that all you actually need to do is go to the easyurpmi site and literally follow the instructions. If it says mandriva 10.1, use that - as bosewicht says, it's the same thing.
The bit at the bottom where the site gives the "output", you just need to open a konsole/terminal, type in
it then asks you for the root password, put that in and hit enter and your "prompt" should change to something that finishes in a # instead of a $ sign.
You then just highlight the "output" at the bottom of the easyurpmi page and copy and past it to the terminal/konsole (which might be available from a right mouse click, or copy it with "ctrl c" and then paste it with "ctrl v". It then sometimes starts automatically, or sometimes it needs you to hit enter after the copy/paste.
Your chosen repositories should then be contacted for the various available software lists i.e. contrib, main, updates, plf-free, plf-nonfree and jpackage. It depends on your connection as to how long it takes. Once it's "finished" you can then go into the mandrake control centre (configure my computer) and follow the software manager to check for updates and if you want either add or remove software packages.