Since posting this, I've discovered it is a common bug with Mandrake 10, and the best thing for Linux Newbies to do is disable Shorewall, and install another Firewall. I chose GuardDog 2.0, downloaded it, read the notes, installed it, and tested it in under an hour. It works fine, and I'm now using the web without problems, after *two days* struggling with Shorewall.
I've also noticed that Kfind doesn't work when you start a search from file: including all sub folders. When you attempt a search, say for a known file name, you hear your drive cycling, and after a minute's wait an error message pops up. 'Kfind is not responding'
Also Kontact's Knotes does not open fully, it stalls half way and hangs there until a similar error notice appears.
'Knotes is not responding.'
Everything else seems to work.
My install was from CDs and used 'default settings', on a brand new computer. (Yes, I've tried reinstalling several times.)
My old Windows computer is 233Mghz Win98, and I was dismayed to see OpenOffice on my new computer takes much longer (about 40 seconds) to open than Word on my WinBox (about 15 seconds). Despite my new computer using a 2.4Ghz CPU! ('Everything will work ten times faster!' I presumed.)
I'll persist with Linux, only because I'm tired of the virus and spyware problems with Windows.
Does anyone know why Kfind and Knotes are not working properly? Is it a known bug, or did I buy a duff set of CDs?
Can I download Kfind and Knotes and reinstall just those modules to see if that fixes it?
Your comments please...