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I just finished the installation of Mandrake Linux and rebooted the computer. It came up with a screen saying Linux something about a floppy and something else. I let it run out of time and then it asked me for my login and password. It gave me the prompt [liesl@localhost liesl]$ Now what do I do?? Please help me as I am new to all of this. Thanks!
KDE and Gnome are Integrated Desktop Environments that run on top of the X server. So startx starts X and whichever IDE or window manager you've chosen as default then loads. Depending on how fast stuff goes, you'll see a speckled gray background with an X in it. That's X. Then comes the snazzy graphics. That's your IDE.
When you say "error" and "didn't work", tell us what error and how it didn't work.
For someone with little experience (I am such a person), sometimes it may be easier to redo the install. I installed Mandrake 9.00 3 times before it all worked. During the install you should come to a point where you can test the X installation (to make sure it is using parameters your hardware can meet). If it fails that test, it is not going to work, so it is not good to ignore that test. Also, some older video boards may be mis identified. If you have an older computer (or a really new one), you may want to try different video drivers.
Well I turned on my computer first thing this morning and it worked! But...I went to change the time. I logged in under root & changed the time. Then it asked something about reboot under my id so I did and now I've got the same problem again. Ahhhh! Does anyone know of any good books or links for beginners using Mandrake Linux?