Mandrake 9.1 went on the laptop yesterday after 3 attempts. The install would just hang half way through. The second install I told it to show me the details of what it was doing as it progressed and I found it was failing to read the cd when installing the zip package, so the third time I didn’t tell it to install zip and it worked …….
….sort of. I can’t get the boot menu to default to windows, as that is what the pc will be used in most of the time. I’ve edited /etc/boot.conf (i think it was) so the default now says windows instead of linux.enterprise but it still boots to linux unless I scroll down the menu and select windows.
The other annoying problem is that I can’t get the wireless network to work. At the moment I use WEP encryption and I don’t really want to turn that off although I guess I might have to temporarily to see if the card works with no encryption and then if it does tighten it up afterwards. There is NO interface to configuring the card either.
I can’t work out how to add root to the list of users who can log on at the x window prompt – at the moment it’s only me, but some of the tools you need to be root to run but the menu items don’t give you a “enter root password” prompt that some do and there is no right click/properties menu to work out what it is doing so I can drop to a shell, su and *then* run it.
The nvidia graphic install had to be run as root, with ld loaded (default wasn’t!) and not in Xwindows and when you install it, it breaks the Xwindows config file so you have to edit it by hand.
So with those few stumbling blocks, its no wonder linux has not hit the home desktop yet.