Originally posted by scuzzman
Here is a very good tutorial written by jeremy on this very subject.
Though, Mandrake has the rpm stuff, and if there is already an rpm for that program, it'd probably be easier to just install the rpm.
This will search for packages you don't have installed yet, and can install from the sources you have.
# urpmi --fuzzy <search-string>
This will install a package that you don't have downloaded
The first will install an rpm, and the second will upgrade a package, the third will remove one, the fourth will list all packages, and the fifth will search for packages within that list
# rpm -ivh package.rpm
# rpm -Uv package.rpm
# rpm -e package.rpm
# rpm -qa
# rpm -qa | grep <search-string>
-U means upgrade if it exists
-i means install
-v is verbose
-h makes a progress bar with ######
-e is "erase", or uninstall
-q is query
-a is all
Hope this gets you started...