Where to start....
I got hold of a retail copy of mandrake 8.0 to install on a Compaq Presario 1610 (1.5 GB Fujitsu, 2MB video ram, running on a neomagic chipset 128XD). I wanted a less crashy, buggy GUI than windows, which was hanging constantly. I didn't want to have to learn bash.
Well, so much for that. I have now installed and reconfigured the damn thing more times than I can remember, I've RTFMed, I've surfed, browsed and ventured down more mail threads than Ariadne, and I experience the following continuous problems:
(a) Monitor - doesn't like my monitor, X keeps trying to burn it up whenever it loads (even at the lowest possible settings - apparently XF86 does this - is there a patch yet? I thought open source was 'instantly updated').
(b) Package installation - freezes when i run RPM Drake - thus cannot load software that way. Cannot load it through the Konqueror either - always an error, just as its almost done...aaargh. If I could find a straightforward bash command to do it i would, but i cannot.
(c) Most recent amusing little issue - crashed out of root, went to reboot, and then couldn't initialize anything at ANY LEVEL!!!
So, here I am, reinstalling for the umpteenth time, and beginning to think Bill Gates has it over Torvald.
Okay Penguin - fix this or I'm drilling in the Arctic Reserve!
Seriously - can anybody help?????