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Old 02-14-2004, 05:16 PM   #1
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Mandrake 9.2 RPM issues

Hey guys, I am having lots of problems installing RPM's on my 9.2 box. Its running through VMware 4.1. Basically, I have tried to install WineX, VMwareTools and wine but i have had nothing but probelms. Wine/winex seems to install from the rpm file just fine, but then doesn't work. Same with vmware. I try to uninstall them but it says the packages are not installed. i try to install them and it says that the packages are already installed!!! Any ideas as to how i can sort this...?

Is there a howto to get winex working on 9.2 aswell as installing vmware tools (i've had nothing but problems with this finding lspci etc).

Why is mandrake getting confused about what is / isn't installed? Is 9.1 better or is it just me - never had these issues with 9.1!! Would another distro be better for this kind of use?

Mank thanks

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Old 02-14-2004, 06:17 PM   #2
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If you want to invest time in another distribution, as easier to install and maintain as Mandrake, yet with a useful package manager (debian's apt-get) and way faster and stable, give Libranet a shot:

My review about libranet can be found here:

I've also started with Mandrake and it made everything, specially installing programs, so much more difficult than it was supposed to be. If you really are into Linux and would like to learn it without making use of tools, Slackware is the best:

A review about slackware is found here:

I'm not saying that Mandrake is a bad distro. It's pretty good for peoples trying to change from WindowsXP. But once you started to learn a little bit more, Mandrake won't let you... I found it being too buggy for my tastes. Indeed, this is one guys (me) opinion...
Old 02-14-2004, 08:10 PM   #3
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I agree with the Debian thing (you might want to pony up for Libranet. Its a reasonable price. But Debian itself is not bad either (Mepis is a nice way to get started with Debian unstable/testing). Don't throw the idea of Mandy out. I haven't used 9.2, but I did find that 9.1 was very comfortable. I case anyone who reads this thinks I haven't had an experience with other stuff, I'll list (maybe in the right order) the OSs I have tasted:

Dos 4
Dos 5.1
Dos 6.1, 6.2
Windows 3.1 (but not much don't count)
Win 95,98,ME,2000,XP Pro
Storm Linux
Debian Woody (1st successful linux install)
Mandrake 6.1
Debian Sid
FreeBSD 5
NetBSD 1.5.1, 1.6.1
BeOS Developers ed 1.1 (I was lost, I'll admit)
Mandrake 9.1
Mandrake 10 beta2

I've been around (and am not done yet). I'll say my most comfortable experiences were with Debian, FreeBSD, and Mandy 9.1 (i did try Redhat, but it froze on X and I didn't know enough about it to fix it - and never got the urge to put myself through that again).

I'd suggest you try a Debian-based distro for maintenance's sake (you'll be manually cleaning up less), but consider using Mandy 9.1 again or jump to 10 when it passes the beta stage (that 2.6 kernel just rocks! I've never done so much so effortlessly on this P-III).

Sorry if this turned into a sort of rant.
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manrake 10 uses the 2.6 kernel? sounds interesting as i was going to recompile my mandrake 9.2 or 9.1 install to the 2.6.2 kernel - the reason being is that it is said to fix many of the problems with the Nforce2 chipset, this is true right? what kind of bugs / limitations / restrictions does the beta, or is it a full os?

thanks for your help so far, I'm looking further into debian and libranet, both sound good.
Old 02-15-2004, 08:41 AM   #5
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10 is a full distro. I just pointed my source list to a cooker repository (so now its like updating Debian Sid on crack). It is a beta, after all, so there are a few things that willbe/may be broken sometimes for a day or two, butthats not usually a problem. They want to freeze it pretty soon and release it, according to the site. I only had one issue with it: the PCI hotplugging didn't seem to autoload the module for my NIC card, but after a bit of digging and reading of the comments in the config files in /etc I found how to make it work (hit the search button below my post for the fix). I don't have anything critical on my computer, so I don't mind beta testing things. I've had good luck so far.

My machine is a P-III 700 with 256mb sdram and an ATA33 IDE bus. Its no speed demon by today's standards, but its more than capable with this OS installed. Its much more responsive than with 9.1 (or Mepis - which I had on recently, until Mandy seduced me again) and XP, which was as snappy and a bit more so for certain things, than MDK9.1. I had it loaded a few days ago with two KDE sessions while I was installing an update and the mouse didn't even jump. That just doesn't happen (and those with Gentoo, shhhhhh!LOL)


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