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install mandrake 10.0 using freedos

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I just bought a Compaq V6000 series laptop with freedos as the OS. I want to install Mandrake 10.0 (got the CDs) but I don't know anything about freedos. Is there an easy step-by-step process?

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insert cd 1, boot system. press F11 (or F12, or whatever bios keystroke compaq uses for a ONE TIME boot MENU), then choose 'boot from cdrw/dvd',

 

once booted mandriva will start to load and you can install it normally,

 

having freedos on your laptop makes no difference whatsoever to how you install mandriva

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Thank You. I found out the Mandriva disks were corrupted so I got Ubuntu. I've never used linux before and I'm finding it's a pretty steep learning curve. I've tried to download packages and install a firewall (gksudo gnome-lokkit) but the damn thing won't accept my password. I'm trying to be patient but I may break down and join the darkside soon (MS). Do you know if there are more than one password I need for my administrator tasks? My login is fine but when I need to do something it won't accept.

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ubuntu only uses one password for your login and sudo (root)

 

however, linux is also case sensitive so make sure you are typing the password in the correct case (lower/UPPER)

 

cheers

anyweb

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My password is only four digits and it was only temporary as I intended to change it later (when I figure how to find the area where I can do this). The instruction software I received with this is all but useless. I search "change password" and it gives me a list of things not remotely related.

 

There's 2 critical things I want to do but I'm unable to: install the firewall and download WINE so I can open .exe files. I play poker online and the site I go to caters strictly to Windows users. I like Linux and I like the philosophy behind it but if it becomes too cumbersome to do things that came so easily on the "OS that shall not be named" then I will have to succumb. But I am determined to figure this out for the meantime.

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I see that this thread is a little old -- nevertheless -- there are a lot of ways to install/run/configure a firewall on Linux, as well as get wine going. The easiest for both of these may be to use automatix (www.getautomatix.com). It will get WINE, guarddog firewall, and a lot of other items going for you.

I wrote a little more about it here : handsomeplanet.com: Easy start for Ubuntu

 

For firewalls, also be aware that you can use a GUI tool like Synaptic Package Manager (System->Administration->Synaptic) or a command-line search to find things that match, e.g., "firewall." So, doing "apt-cache search firewall" will return a number of items, including firestarter, kmyfirewall, fwbuilder, guarddog, etc. which you should be able to install with "sudo apt-get install <package-name>".

 

In Ubuntu 7.04, firestarter is available from the Applications->Add/Remove menu. Also, the iptables firewall will be included in most Linux distros by default -- it is a little tricky to configure without some patience, however.

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