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Dirty_Ink 05-04-2005 05:56 PM

Club Membership
I like Mandrake/Mandriva, but is the club membership worth it? What exactly are the benefits?

Cinematography 05-04-2005 06:08 PM :)

Dirty_Ink 05-04-2005 06:40 PM

Looks, pretty good, are the software packeges that i can download worth it? Like, I would like to have, DVD playback, MP3 Playback, qucktime, ect.

pongmaster 05-04-2005 06:56 PM

You can get DVD, MP3 etc for free if you configure your download sources using easy urpmi.

Or, if easyurpmi is down:

When you're done configuring your sources, if you go to the MCC -> Software Management -> Add Software, you'll find thousands of packages available to you for free.

I haven't got anything against the Mandrake Club, and you should join if you want to support Mandrake/Mandriva, but unless you really want the tech support and early downloads, then there's not much point IMHO as everything else is available elsewhere for free.
If you wanted to support Mandriva, why not buy a boxset if you're going to stick with Mandy?

Dirty_Ink 05-04-2005 07:13 PM

I used to use SUSE9.1-9.2 was going to upgrade to 9.3, but now their charging way to much for their software, and I heard good things about Mandrake/Mandriva, and I like to support where and when I can. But I also like to be able to find and dowload my packeges as easy as possible, I'm still learning Linux so I dont want somthing to be too complicated.

TravisOSF 05-04-2005 07:24 PM

you can get suse for free via ftp install or from the raw tree install...but it requires a little technical knowledge...

but mandrake is free from their site (though mandriva isn't available for free in ISO format will be shortly), you can get 10.1 now.

Try it out, and like listed above, use urpmi and package installation is easy.

as for support, and here are my only stops. (nvidia's boards for nvidia issues)

pongmaster 05-04-2005 07:33 PM


Originally posted by Dirty_Ink
I also like to be able to find and dowload my packeges as easy as possible, I'm still learning Linux so I dont want somthing to be too complicated.
easy urpmi isn't hard.
It was designed to be easy, hence easy urpmi.
If you follow the links I posted and follow the instructions on the page (you only need to do it once, from one page - I posted two links in case the .zarb site was down, which has happened quite regularly in the past) it's quite simple - just a matter of cutting/pasting a few lines of text into Konsole, then using the Control Centre to find/download your packages which are all listed by type.
There's no surfing the web looking for packages, and no dependencies to sort out as rpmdrake does it all for you. It really is simplicity in itself.

Dirty_Ink 05-04-2005 07:37 PM

Sounds great, I probably will buy a boxed version, just to support, but urpmi, sounds great, is there a front end, or is it commandline?
Also, in KDE, when i open a app, its like this little sliver on the task bar, how do i make them bigger, like when u open an app Windows, its takes, most of the task bar verticaly.

pongmaster 05-04-2005 07:47 PM

You only use the command line to add the sources - after that the GUI for it is in: kmenu (or start etc) -> System -> Configuration -> Configure your Computer (enter root password) -> Software management -> Install Software. (kde)
You can use the GUI to add the sources, but if something goes wrong (like the server is down etc) you won't get any error messages, it just won't work, whereas with the Konsole, it'll give you errors if anything goes wrong.

Dirty_Ink 05-04-2005 07:56 PM

thanks for the heads up, I really apreciate it. And ppl told me that the Linux community was going down hill, :p

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