I would recommend this version of Linux to new and existing linux users as it is pretty versatile and easy to use.
I was originally hoping for the 3D cube/Sliding row for the app manager but it looks like "SuSe" has that to offer.
I'm actually scared to try it on this computer because it's new. The other pc i tried it on without the CD was still xp and everything was there but i'm unsure.
OK, well first of all, this is what you need to do:
- Download the .iso from the official Mandriva website
- Burn the .iso file to disc making sure its set to "Boot Disk"
- Insert the CD and re-start the PC
- DONT push enter or F1 when it gives you the option, just let it load up
- You will see a cut-off grey transparent box, after a few secs, hit ESC key and you will see a load of commands
- Wait for these commands to FINALLY finish and the OS will load up
- Select your keyboard, time and language settings
- You're done with the Live! version, now just experiment!
1. I would like to know how to make the OS not live but permanent?
1a) In addition, how would I do this and would it affect my files/XP operating system
1b) how would I make partitions without affecting my XP and it's documents (Software links etc.)
1c) what would i have to name these partitions and how many?
1d) will linux setup (on the live version desktop) create a new partition and keep my other stuff like XP and documents safe?
1e) What tips would you give on the partition choices (i.e. New partition, Existing Partitions, free space on windows partition?)
1f) Finally I already have a spare partition on the Dell (C:\ - Local Disk) and (D:\ - Backup)
Could i use the "Backup" drive by renaming it and putting the files from it onto the local disk?
2. How do i keep my settings on the live version, if I can?
2b) It's run from the CD, how would I keep my settings, software and files?
3. Does linux(Mandriva) support WiFi (Belkin/Speedtouch) - both internet, network (windows) and the actual belkin dongle?
4. If you have any tips and stuff, please share them with me. - Also on the partitioning subject, try refrencing freeware (I hate software/commercial) - although you don't have to.
Thanks in advance,