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Old 02-03-2004, 02:07 PM   #1
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first few things to do after install?

I am of course new to Mandrake but am picking things up as quickly as possible and am not giving up. I want to know the most common things that should be done on an average pc after the initial mandrake install.. things like setting up graphics card..which programs to install.. those sort of things. any help would be appriciated. thanks
Old 02-03-2004, 02:58 PM   #2
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I always start by running a full update on the system (after removing any servers you don't plan to run). Then set up the firewall and other security functions. Follow that up by compiling or installing any servers or software you know you want to use (get latest versions), then set up the local machine the way I like it (display, fonts, colors, etc, etc).
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Create a non-root user!

Practically all of my configurations are set locally, so I've gotten to the point where I can just dump all my backup-stuff into $HOME and have the system looking and acting pretty close to the way I like it.

As for programs...I think only you can decide that. First, what do you want to do with your machine? Think about that, then Google or ask around for suggestions, try different applications until you find the ones that suit you best.

Many Linux distros have piles of included documentation about all sorts of things....I suggest reading a bit here and there whenever you can spare the time.


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