Originally posted by Emmanuel_uk
go to lq bookmark
search for easyurpmi (.zarb.org)
tarballs are great to learn about, but sometimes you will enjoy ready made rpms
Which is probably the best advice (IMO). If you stick to "mandrivised" RPM's and not touch other RPMs (Redhat/fedora and SuSE etc etc) then theoretically, you shouldn't have any problems.
Just follow the instructions at the "easy urpmi" site, and get sources/repositories for all i.e. Main, contrib, updates, jpackage, plf-free and plf-nonfree, and do with the site says.
then just run all the installing stuff from the software manager in the MCC (configure my computer). that way, it's a doddle.
The problem seems to arise if you try either non-mandriva RPM's or source (tar.gz etc etc). Sure there are times when it will go "swimingly", but there seems to be lots of dependency probs, more often than not.
If you've been "spoiled" by the alledged ease of windows, it can often be a bit of a culture shock, to have to do so much stuff for yourself, but at least, it's your choice, and not that of MS or some MS based developer.
I understand that out of all distro's, it's debian that has the greatest number of "distroised" packages i.e. packages that have been "tailored" so that they will install without any problems. I understand that they list in excess of 14000 different packages. So if, perchance, you happen to use some rather unusual/esoteric software for some of the stuff you do/want to do, then you're more likely to find a .deb package than with anything else. Otherwise it may be that you only have the option of installing source packages - and you already seem to have experienced what it can be like when that becomes problematic.