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Old 05-27-2005, 09:29 AM   #1
Dregnan
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Talking New to Linux, be nice to me. :)


Just wanted to drop a line and say hi to fellow Newbie Members. I'm also a newbie at Linux in general. I've been using windows and its predessor MSDOS for as long as I can remember having a computer. Well except for the very first one I had was a keyboard that plugged into your TV and you had to program in BASIC to get anything done. :P

Anyway I recently downloaded a copy of Mandrake Linux 10.1 Official and you probably will be hearing plenty of questions from me since this is all new to me.

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Old 05-27-2005, 09:33 AM   #2
trevelluk
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Welcome on board! And now rejoice in your freedom from viruses, spyware, trojans and the countless other nasties.
 
Old 05-27-2005, 09:59 AM   #3
Dregnan
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Well, as promised I do have a question that I cant figure out. I just installed Mandrake Linux 10.1 last night. I got all my important things to work on the first try (sound, video, internet). However, the desktop itself is not as it should be. From all the things I've seen so far my KDE desktop should have a look like on this picture...

http://www.n9nu.net/pictures/kdehamsoftware/10.1-2.jpg

I dont have a screenshot hyperlink of my own desktop right now (at work, will save one later) to show the differences, but mine is just a blue wallpaper with no desktop icons whatsoever and a plain gray taskbar (like in windows 2000) with the time and such enclosed in a black box (same as with cpu usage and internet usage). How do I get my KDE to display the themes graphics menus etc correctly. Plus I downloaded some programs that I used in win2k that i want to use in linux. They are Firefox and Thunderbird. I'm not even sure how to get to them to install them, remember i'm used to the drive icons explorer associated with windows so I should probably pick myself up a complete mandrake linux manaul or something similar to help me out some more.

Any way, I tried going into the MCC (Mandrake Control Center) and went to the install section to add packages. I selected the graphical desktop (I think thats the name) section and chose KDE among some others. First I got a popup stating something about a cyrillic font which is fine because I use english anyway. Then a huge list came up about 'bad signatures' and the install cancels. According to this menu it tells me KDE is not installed, I've determined it must be partially installed to even get a graphical desktop in my current errored form. Any help would be much appreciated....

Last edited by Dregnan; 05-27-2005 at 10:47 AM.
 
Old 05-27-2005, 10:11 AM   #4
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Well, as I don't use Mandrake, I can't really help with the bad signature thing. You might want to have a look round the Mandriva forum on this site to see if anyone else has this problem. (If you didn't know, Mandriva is the new name for Mandrake, following a merge with another distro or something).

Regarding Firefox installation, there's instruction's here. You need to type the commands specified in a terminal window of some kind. Assuming KDE is working right, you can start one of these by clicking the icon on your taskbar that looks like a computer screen. Thunderbird instructions are here.

If you need any more help with this, then ask away!
 
Old 05-27-2005, 10:16 AM   #5
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the linux `variant' of explorer.exe is konqueror (KDE) or nautilus (GNOME). Nautilus is not only a navigator, it also displays desktop icons--I don't know if that holds for konqueror (sp?) too.

But it's good to see that you're one step ahead of most newbies: you (try to) use the pakcage manager instead of just grabbing source tarballs of the net.

Regarding firefox/thunderbird: have you tried installing them with the package manager?

also, it would probably have been better starting (a) new thread(s) regarding your question(s), one for each.

hth --Jonas
 
Old 05-27-2005, 10:20 AM   #6
Dregnan
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Ok thanks I'll do that. As for the Konqueror, I didnt know that I thought it was just an internet explorer as its under the internet menu. Thanks for the tips.

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