I just started using linux for the first time the other day (other than knoppix.) I successfully and reasonably painlessly installed mandrake 9.2 on a system I had sitting around.
Earlier today I downloaded some security patches with the autoupdate feature as well as set up the firewall that comes with Mandrake. Shortly, if not immediately, after this I noticed that a large number of the links to programs in the program menu (?) were missing. Additionally I had created a shortcut to Konqueror earlier by dragging the shortcut from the menu onto the dekstop. This was renamed to konqueror.desktop and the icon changed. I rebooted several times, as well as created a new user. Everything was still the same.
There is also a newbie popup window when Mandrake starts. I had not disabled it yet. When I would click on the links in this window none of them would work either.
I did manage to figure out where the programs are on the HD, and I can run them. Right now I'm trying to decide if its worth reinstalling mandrake as I really dont have enough knowlege of linux to do much else. In other words this is not much of a lifethreatening problem.
The only thing I think may have happened is that I improperly shut the machine down. Some site I read said this could damage the file system. (duh!)
Does anyone have an thoughts, suggestions, or otherwise useful comments that might be helpful to me?
Despite having regularly read slashdot for years, I am a complete
to linux at the moment.
note: (?) means I'm not sure if this is the technically correct term