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Distribution: Ubuntu 8.10 'Intrepid Ibex' / Puppy Linux 4.2
Hmmm I was afraid that you would say that,my machine isn't fast enough to run the new Mandriva.
I actually put this version of mandrake on this desktop PC as its an old system with quite a low spec and trying to find something small, and recent is proving a challenge, especially when it needs to support a fairly awkward VooDoo3 3dfx graphics card, an AMD-K6 (tm)-2/400 Mhz Cpu with 256 mb ram.
I have tried Ubuntu and xubuntu (including the new release of Jaunty Jackelope) as well as fedora, mint Linux. If Mandriva isn't the answer what do you think should be my next step?
First, have you tried the static version of Opera? It may include the library you need.
Second, to run Mandriva 2009.1 I installed the GNOME version to get the GTK libraries for some apps I use then installed Icewm, which is my preferred lightweight WM. Several other light WMs are offered.
I boot to runlevel 3 (modify /etc/inittab) then in ~/.xinitrc I include a few WMs and Desktop Environments with only the one I currently want to use uncommented. .xinitrc is also the place to start programs when going GUI using startx. Don't forget to append "&" to each command except the last command which calls the WM. (i.e. exec icewm)