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Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
4:53 pm
I thought you guys might want to know about a graphics program, based on The GIMP, that is free and emulates the look of Photoshop.

It's called GIMPshop, and can be found over at www.GIMPshop.com. It's a free download, and does most everything that Photoshop and the other big guys does, but just costs infinitely less (as in: nothing!).

I've been using it for a while now to make icons and other small pictures, and thus far it's worked out well for me. Lemme know how you all like it.
Saturday, July 8th, 2006
12:06 pm
Screen orientation
Does anyone know how, in Mandriva, you get the screen orientation options active?

I go into configure display, Size & Orientation, and the only orientation option is 'Normal'. I would quite like to use 'Left (90 degrees)' but it is greyed out. Is it a case of having the right driver for the monitor? I've tried setting Mandriva to use a number of different monitor types, but always the Orientation options are greyed out.
Saturday, March 4th, 2006
2:05 pm
MySQL problems
Since upgrading to Mandriva 2006, MySQL doesn't seem to be behaving itself. When I first start the computer and try to connect I get Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock' (2). I manage to get around that by doing service mysqld restart. That's a little bit tedious, but I can cope with it. It says Stopping MySQL: [Failed] and then Starting MySQL: [OK] so that's good enough.

The real interesting one is this allows me to connect from command line, and through my PHP web applications. But when I try through Ruby on Rails I get (for example) Mysql::Error: Lost connection to MySQL server during query: SELECT COUNT(*) FROM tasks. The database is not corrupt and I can run that through mysql command line with no problems.

Any ideas?
Saturday, February 25th, 2006
1:36 pm
Upgrading to Mandriva 2006 Limited Edition
I got Mandriva 2006 Limited Edition free with a magazine (available at WHSmith for £9.99 with a fabulous big Tux poster!!) and now I want to know what kind of effort might be involved to upgrade from Mandrake Community Edition 10.1. Will it remember all my settings, will it overwrite or delete programs? When I first started with Mandrake it was quite a hassle to get everything working the way I wanted it, and I don't know whether I'm likely to have to go through all of that again ... does anyone have any experience?

The magazine is great for instructions on installing from scratch, but it has no information about upgrading. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, especially an estimate of how long it might take. I generally use software that comes packaged with Mandrake ... OpenOffice.org, GnuCash, KWrite, KBear. I also needed to get Apache and PHP working, and recently I've installed Ruby and Rails. What's likely to continue to work after upgrading? Will desktop settings and file associations be remembered?

Many thanks in advance ...
Friday, December 2nd, 2005
12:55 pm
Linux n00b here!
Hallo. Long story short: my hard drive died and I didn't have any Windows discs because it was a used machine when I got it. I blew all my money on the new hard drive, so yay for free operating systems! I have a little bit of experience with UNIX (Solaris) and I thought maybe it wouldn't be too hard to switch over to Linux on my personal computer.

I've had several distributions recommended to me as a Linux virgin, and I'm weighing the pros and cons. A friend of a friend has the free download version of Mandriva on CDs and has offered to lend it to me.

My big question at this point is: has anyone here installed Mandriva from a USB CD-ROM drive? I've got a laptop and no internal drive.

Current Mood: curious
Monday, November 28th, 2005
7:38 am
Mandriva 2006 Security Warning
I thought I'd better mention this problem I found for Mandriva 2006 users since it involves security. It seems that for some installs (like mine) the msec security package that checks the security of files daily doesn't get configured properly (this package gets installed by default).

The script /usr/share/msec/security.sh (linked to from /etc/cron.daily/msec) expects there to be a file /var/lib/msec/security.conf, but this file has been moved to /etc/security/msec/security.conf.

This is easy enough to fix by just doing this as root:
ln -s /etc/security/msec/security.conf /var/lib/msec/security.conf

It also seems that it wouldn't initially do the virus checking either, I just went to KlamAV as a normal user in KDE and updated the virus database and it worked afterwards.

Friday, November 11th, 2005
10:46 pm
kde headers - wtf?
I'm a newbie here (and also a newbie to all mandrake stuff). I'm trying to install superkaramba (mandrake 10.2) and my brain stopped working about 3 hours ago when my comp said "i'm not gonna install this thing..."

my console showed me this beautiful alert:
checking for KDE... configure: error:
in the prefix, you've chosen, are no KDE headers installed. This will fail.
So, check this please and use another prefix!

I've installed every single file which might have helped.... updated everything... and my comp just went "blah..."

can anyone tell me where to look for the missing files (because there is probably something missing)??

Current Mood: confused
Friday, October 21st, 2005
5:34 pm
OpenOffice.org 2.0 is out!
Yippee! Another happy news for all ye Linux users!

OO.o 2.0 is out! It's exciting... I'll probably upgrade to this... http://www.openoffice.org.

I'll upgrade to Mandriva 2006 sometime too... just not immediately.
Sunday, October 16th, 2005
11:23 am
WINE advice?
I'm using Mandrake 10.1 Community Edition.

I've tried installing WINE, as rpms, I've tried wine-20050930-mdk.i586.rpm and wine-20050830-mdk.i586.rpm but they both have the same problem ...

I get in my Applications Menu, under More Applications -> Emulators -> Wine ... and then a bunch of applications such as Control Panel, File Manager, Notepad ... but when I click on them I get (eg) 'Starting Control Panel' with a turning hour-glass in my taskbar for about a minute, and then nothing.

I also wanted to install a cross-stitch program, and I can only find them for Windows, which is why I'm investigating this. But what would I have to do to install something with WINE, supposing I could get WINE working in the first place?

Thanks for any advice you can offer! :D
Saturday, October 15th, 2005
9:44 pm
Mandriva 2006 is out!
Just thought of letting everyone know... anyone installed it yet? The public ftp is available now too!
Friday, September 30th, 2005
10:49 pm
I've seen that you can now get HP and Dell laptops with Mandriva pre-installed. Anyone tried these out or know any other good places to get a Linux Laptop?

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, September 11th, 2005
1:19 am
OK, I have Glib..I have gettext.

I still get the message:

checking for GLIB - version >= 2.0.0... no
*** Could not run GLIB test program, checking why...
*** The test program failed to compile or link. See the file config.log for the
*** exact error that occurred. This usually means GLIB is incorrectly installed.
configure: error:
*** GLib 2.0 is required to build Gaim; please make sure you have the GLib
*** development headers installed. The latest version of GLib is
*** always available at http://www.gtk.org/.

Got it! Thanks!

Also, What's the cleanest way of uninstalling?
12:48 am
this is my first post to this community from linux! =]!!!

Thank you all for your help!
Thursday, September 8th, 2005
11:11 pm
updating kernel in 10.1
how do i update my kernel?

this is the problem i believe, atleast.

this installing of ndiswrapper isnt going past the make or make install. make distclean seems to work just fine.

according to this site i need the latest kernel. i only have 1.3.3.

any ideas/help?
Wednesday, September 7th, 2005
1:54 pm
what complications may i run into by running mandrake 10.1 on my HP zv5000(series) laptop?

im running a dual-boot still just incase, but yeah.
Saturday, August 13th, 2005
8:09 pm
Drivers for modem
Hello evrybody!!
I need your help!
Where I can find drivers for hcfusbmodem (modem Acorp EUS V.92 USB Modem (M56 EUS))for Mankrake 10.1?

Saturday, August 6th, 2005
3:52 pm
Needing a Mail Server
Hi everyone,

Does Mandrake come with a mail server, and if not, where can I find one to run on my laptop?

I'm doing a bit of web development and needing to test sending email through PHP. In order to do that I'd need a mail server running. Since it's not working, I'm assuming I don't have a mail server at the moment.

Any reccomendations appreciated! :D
Thursday, July 7th, 2005
10:52 am
From the Scottish Power website
"We have detected certain aspects of your system that will prevent you experiencing this site fully.
These are:
You are not running a Windows or Macintosh operating system."

The webpage is captioned 'browser-error' and I am informed that the site has been re-designed recently. Now as I understand web technology, the only part of a web page that could be OS-specific is something like an active-X component, which I would probably block on Windows anyway.
Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
4:44 am
Howdy team. I'm a mac user & I have been for sometime now.

I was given a dell p4 for holiday last year. I wanted to run something other than windows on it because I HATE windows... So someone installed mandrake 10.1.

I have comcast wireless internet... [wireless router] so I have a usb card.

Now the problem is the person who installed mandrake said I was going to need a 'driver' [maybe that's what he called it...] to make mandrake recongize the linksys card. He started looking but we kinda stopped being friends & left me in the dark.

Now I'm on a mission to try this linux thing out...

I also have entire 120 gig slave drive in the dell that is full of file I was wondering how I could view those.

Any & all help I thank you in advance for.
Saturday, June 25th, 2005
6:57 pm
well hello ...!
I have just installed Mandrake Linux - more out of necessity than choice! I'm one of those Windows-all-my-life type people, but when a disk partitioning attempt went horribly wrong, I found that an install of Mandrake 10.1 (that I got free with a magazine last year) was the only thing that could restore my poor hard drive!

I'm determined to give this Linux thing a decent try rather than going running back to Windows ... I really like the KDE interface, and I love the idea of not using anything made my Microsoft!! Just if I can get the hang of where Mandrake puts everything ...!

Here's an important question: Before my partitioning nightmare I backed up everything I needed to a USB memory stick. How do I read from it with Mandrake?

I'd love to get the hang of OpenOffice - it can read .doc files, right? And other Microsoft Office files?

I asked for a webserver to be installed along with PHP and MySQL, as I was using these under Windows before. I've gone to http://localhost and it's running the webserver. WOOHOO!! So now, where do I put my php and html files that I want on the webserver?!

One more question: I'm interested in using GnuCash, but when I click it, all I get is Loading Modules, Loading Configs ... and then nothing! The window disappears and it's like I never opened it at all. Can anybody shed some light on this? What's happening? Is it running minimized, or is it failing somewhere?

Oh yeah, and if there's anything else I could do with knowing, please tell me! Since I don't know what I need to know, I'll appreciate all the advice I can get!!

Many thanks indeed!

Current Mood: hopeful
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