Booting into live CD session
Before you begin, make sure you have everything ready for the installation:
- You have downloaded and burned the Mandriva One .iso to CD.
- You have allocated the required hardware resources, like dual boot, second machine or a virtual machine).
If you choose the last option, then install and configure the VMware Server and create a Mandriva virtual
machine. This is optional.
- You know how to boot from CD (regardless of the installation platform).
If you have troubles with the above stages, you really should read the other Linux articles. Booting into the
live CD session is made enjoyable by a soothing orange background of the new la
Mandriva differs from (K)ubuntu live CD by asking questions before you boot into the live session. This is very
similar to PCLinuxOS, which is another distro that I intend to review later on (most of it has already been baked
You are asked to choose your language, country, keyboard, time zone, date& time, and accept an EULA before
you reach the desktop. All these steps are pretty straightforward. Don't be alarmed by the change in the
background; the orange will be back.
Now comes the License Agreement.
After a short while, you will reach the live CD desktop. For the Linux novices, the live CD is a very good way of
getting familiarized with the new operating system and available applications - as well as a different desktop
KDE desktop has a more Windows-like feel and look, save for the default single-click execution. GNOME is slightly
different. Let's overview the basics.
Windows users will notice the taskbar (called simply panel) has moved to the top of the screen, something Windows
users can do themselves if they fancy it. This panel consists of several menus, together which combine into what
a typical Windozer would call the Start Menu
. The Applications
menu is similar to Windows Program Menu
menu is a sort of a My Computer
menu is akin to Control Panel
Next to the menu is the would-be Quick Launch
toolbar. The System Tray
is on the right.
The panel on the bottom of the screen allows you to switch between multiple desktops (four by default) and access
open applications, much like the middle part of the Windows taskbar. Note: I have intentionally cropped the image
below to make it fit on smaller-resolution screens.
You really should not get confused navigating the GNOME desktop. It's simple, clean and friendly. We are
interested in the installation of the distribution. Double-click on the Live
icon to begin.