Look at my sig, you'll see a link for "how to read manpages".
As a "3 year n00b", with mainly mandrake/mandriva experience "under my belt", once I finished installing and had made sure that I had a working net connection, the _FIRST_ thing I learned I had to do, was to ditch the cd/dvd sources and get uptodate ones, so that my system would look for the most up to date versions of any packages I wanted to install, plus the update facility would update to the latest.
The mandriva control centre (configure my computer) software manager is the place for that, but to get the sources, you should go to easy urpmi
and follow the instructions precisely - get sources nearest to your geographical location, they're usually the fastest. Get sources for everything in section 2 box 1 at easy urpmi
, I never bothered with checking the "show specific sources too" box or the "Use compressed index, much smaller than normal, with less informations" box.
You just then highlight and copy the output in section 3, open a konsole/terminal (usually from an icon on the taskbar), type
and input your root password, and then right click and "paste" the output you copied from section 3 of easy urpmi
it might start automatically, you may have to hit enter as well. If any of the sources that you've put in don't work, you can always just wait for it to finish doing it's thing, and then just go back and get another source for whatever didn't work as an individual one (you don't need to get all 6 again).
Then if you look at the MCC software manager you can update the sources, but I'd delete the cd/dvd source, cos once you've installed you might as well get the most up to date stuff!