Originally Posted by mkhan919
i would try the official site and see if i can get it to work.
As far as urpmi source is concerned, well i set them using eazyurpmi website. I would post the exact source url that i am using when i get home.
The PLF is nothing to worry about. They repackage stuff that Mandriva can't have for copyright reasons - in theory I understand that that might be an issue in the US.
Plus theres the other issue, that once Mandriva set the packages available for a certain edition of the distro, they don't tend to add any more and all you get are updates (security, bugfixes, etc etc) versions of mandriva have often been a little behind the times - not mega out of date, but these days as far as I can see, the are a bit on the conservative side with selection of packages included in "official" sources.
used to be a good place for info - it's "semi official".
You should remember, that not all distro's were created equal. Mandriva is a) commercial and b) rpm based. So it's in their interest for you to get something "solid" but also so that you update/upgrade when the next edition comes out with the newer package selection.
If you are really interested in getting round this, then you might think about looking into a "meta" distro (most of which aren't rpm based). They tend to be "community" distros and either source or debian based (though thats not a "given"). This one that I'm using - SIDUX is based on "debian unstable" which is usually enough to scare the newb user away. With a little more than basic knowledge it's brilliant (IMO). Or, because Gentoo can be a bugger to install, then why not look into Sabayon, gentoo based but apparently much more user friendly.
If you wanted to try the *buntus (Ubuntu if you like gnome, Kubuntu if you like KDE - erm, mandriva usually defaults to KDE) they are debian based, AFAIK you can get beryl installed without many probs - but you still have to add the repository so that the package manager can get the package. Theres no way round that - even if you get it on disc you still have to have got it somewhere.
S'up to you my friend.