I'm running Mandriva One 2007 Metisse. For whatever reason, the system is just plain unstable. It started to refuse logins and would give you this message about going into fail safe to fix a problem that didn't exist. When you login with the wrong password, you are directed to login again.
This is what happens even thought the login information is correct.
It also does something else very strange. At times at random, the keyboard changes so that gibberish is typed instead of letters and numbers. This can happen at any time, but is usually at login.
You also can't switch users. There is a glitch. You have to type killall Xmetisse as root from a terminal to switch users if you wish to avoid restarting.
You can't switch desktops even though this option appears. If you try to switch to KDE from Gnome, you get the spinning mouse forever and nothing else happens.
The command draklive-install does a new install, but there is no apparent option to repair a system that is already there. SuSE, Mepis, and most other systems have this capacity.
My question is this.
What terminal command do you type when running the live CD to rescue / repair a system that is already installed?
Also, how do you read and copy data from other partitions on your hard drive?
You can resize them, but can't get any data from them.
Overall, the lack of stability in this version of Mandriva is disappointing. I'll have to try the regular version of Mandriva 2007 from the DVD once my wireless Ethernet bridge arrives.
I was introduced to the distro by Mandrake 10 back in computer school. It was friendly and fun.
I've also used Mepis 6.0 and SuSE 10. Mepis 6.0 broke and can't be fixed because I shut off Xserver when trying to upgrade the Nvidia driver. The repair option on bith the DVD and CD don't work. It will only boot to the command line. SuSE 10 wouldn't see my new SATA 2 drive and SuSE 10.1 and 10.2 wouldn't see my wireless even though SuSE 10 could.
The flip side of this is that every single live CD, live DVD and distro sees my Ethernet card just fine.
The price of eye candy is reliability.
(I'm running the live CD right now)