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Old 04-25-2004, 12:26 AM   #1
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What Files For Mandrake


Ok, I am new to linux, and I want to install it on my other machine. A friend of mine was helping me set it up, and gave me an FTP link to use. I went to the site, and its over 3 gb of stuff. Which files are the ones nessessary for installation??

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Old 04-25-2004, 02:03 AM   #2
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Download the install ISOs from here
http://www.linuxiso.org/distro.php?distro=29
 
Old 04-25-2004, 05:14 AM   #3
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The mandrake distro is usually 3 cd's for download.

Yes that's about 1.8 gig's or so, hence it takes a while. Or you can buy either the cheap disc's for various sites, but that's just the download version that's been done by someone else (download and burn), or the way I usually do it, is to buy boxed set disc's from mandrake. Then although it's a little more expensive, you are contributing to mandrake, which is good for development etc of their distro.

The profit margin is incredibly small, for a product that is rather complex to develop and keep up to date/scratch! (but you also get some of the commercial packages like the speedtouch drivers, adobe acrobat - linux port, nvidia drivers, etc etc all pre-configured - but check which version you want to buy/can afford, the more you pay, the more you get.).

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Old 04-25-2004, 09:05 AM   #4
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ok. I have the whole thing, and its about 1.7 gb, but then there is this RPMS folder thats 2.4gb. Is that stuff nessessary for linux?


Usul

Edit:: Also... it wont let me FTP the rms.cooker file... is that nessessary?

Last edited by RadioFreeEurope; 04-25-2004 at 09:07 AM.
 
Old 04-25-2004, 11:30 AM   #5
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Not that I know of (i've never bothered with it) I think you'll find that the RPMS file/directory is just the individual packages (plus a few others) that are in the main distro.

What I would suggest though, is that during the install, tell it not to download the updates. Then when the install is complete, make sure that your net connection is working, then go here and follow the instructions. So then when you've got the closest mirror's for main, contrib, updates and plf (oh and if during the process, you get any error's whereby it won't let you use the mirror that you've chosen, just follow the process again, but only for whichever source gives you error's), you then just go into mandrake control centre (configure my computer)>software manager>updates and then let it settle down. When it's got the facility/dialogue box opened, make sure you check the boxes for security bugfixes and normal updates.

You can then go about installing the updates. Just to be thorough, I install all of the updates (I understand that it only offers you updates for stuff that you've got installed on your system). In fact, I fired up mandrake control centre to make sure that I'm up to date, and explaining it correctly. It looks like I'd better get the latest kernel and sources installed.

So hopefully it'll go OK for you.

regards

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Old 04-25-2004, 01:41 PM   #6
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THanks, my mandrake is up and running!


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