Basic configurations - cont.
Let's setup a firewall.
A nice addition is the interactivity feature. Most Linux firewalls are silent and require that you read logs to
determine the scope of network activity. The Interactive Firewall allows you to participate in the active defense
of your computers. The prompts will be nowhere near as noisy as a typical Windows session, but this is a sweet
touch for Windows security addicts.
Once you get the hang of all Mandriva Control Center and its functionalities, you can toggle the Expert mode,
under Options > Expert
mode. This will make visible a number of options
previously unavailable. For example, you will be able to fine tune the system permissions or setup audits.
Finally, under the Boot
tab you will find how to configure your bootloader and boot
menu, enable autologin for certain users, although I would not recommend this, and setup the graphical theme
during the boot, in case you are bored.
Mandriva uses a urpmi
package manager, which is
based on the rpm
manager. This means you will not have to suffer hunting for
dependencies when installing a program, as they will be automatically taken care of. urpmi also works with
Penguin Liberation Front
... I just had to
write it ...
You can read more about these package managers on Wikipedia: urpmi
How to use urpmi?
Well, it's very simple. Honestly.
To install package:
To remove package:
To update the list of packages (similar to apt-get install update
urpmi update -a
To update the system:
These are the basic commands that you will probably want to use. You can also refer to the official site and help
files for more information on other commands and switches. Of course, if you do not want to use the command line,
you can always revert to rpmdrake
graphical software manager, available via the
Like most Linux distributions, Mandriva comes with a plethora of goodies for instant use. You'll have the
Firefox browser, Evolution mail client, GIMP and Inkscape for graphics, Kino, Rhythmbox, Serpentine, Sound Juice
for multimedia, OpenOffice for serious writing, as well as many other useful applications.
This is probably where my ominous claim at the beginning of the article kicks in. I will not elaborate into
the setup of Internet Connection Sharing, printer and network sharing, and some other quite important
configurations, as they are thoroughly covered in the other articles.
Furthermore, a testimony unto Mandriva is the fact that most of the stuff mentioned can easily be configured
using the versatile Control Center. Well, I think this pretty much covers it.
Mandriva is a fairly simple and friendly distribution for everyone. It is geared toward the inexperienced
user with the very graphical approach. Nevertheless, advanced users will be able to enjoy the command line, as
God intended. It's stable and robust and I have not encountered any glitches or bugs during the usage.
In my opinion, it's a bit less sharp than SUSE but a lot friendlier, on par with (K)ubuntu in terms of
friendliness but slightly less appealing. Overall, it's a good choice for anyone who wishes to try Linux and has
feared due to fairytale misconceptions and massive propaganda on behalf of the naughty people out there.
If you have followed this article through and hopefully installed and tested the distribution for yourself, you
have made an important step into the world of Linux.
You have learned how to install yet another distribution (and successfully overcome the partitioning woes). You
have become familiar with the GNOME desktop manager. You have learned to get around in Mandriva, configure
network and install drivers. You have learned how to use the urpmi package manager, manage software and update
your system. If you twine this new knowledge with the power of the command line, you will have a highly
productive and effective environment that will not lag behind anything you have mastered in Windows so far. I
have intended to make this guide shorter, but apparently I am unable to do that. Have fun and enjoy.
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Mandriva download pages
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