Hi, there's also another way to get new software installed
but you have to take a subscription to MandrakeClub (I chose a standard one)
With it you can add packages compiled by club members, a kind of Contrib
source. Of course you have to rely on the abilities of the member who has
"packaged" the program, but it's really worth it : as a matter of fact I installed
Firefox using this "method" and it was a breeze !!
hope that adds to your knowledge
P.S. No , I don't work for Mandrake