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Mandriva 2009.1 Install

Mandriva 2009.1 Gnome Live CD is a very nice distribution. As always you can expect a great hardware detection and I was surprised at the speed of the distro once I had it installed. This is a short tutorial on how to install Mandriva. Burn the Live CD and then boot and you will have an icon on the desktop to do the install. Double click the icon and you can get started.


The wizard, Mandriva loves wizards, will have you start and the first question is if you want to use free space on the drive or do a custom partition. This example is a simple use of all the free space. Beware that you could destroy data on the disk so make sure you have a backup of anything on the drive.



For networking you must determine if you are using wired, wireless or other options to connect to the Internet. For help in understanding all of these options see the Wireless/Networking PDF. The example shows wired network.






The Mandriva install is quick and easy to do. The only real issue is that you need to know the terms and settings for networking options that you may be using. This example shows wired network with DHCP so that it is picking up the IP Address from the router. I was impressed with the speed and it felt much faster than Ubuntu 9.04… The Gnome desktop for Mandriva is 2.26.1 and worked flawlessly, at least for the time I worked on the desktop. Nice graphics, decent speed and a Control Center for administration that is excellent. I will put up a report on the Control Center soon. You can purchase the CD or DVDs for Mandriva Here.


  1. May 8, 2009 at 1:32 am

    I dont want this to be a distro vs distro debate but as someone running both Mandriva and Kubuntu for the past 2 months, I fail to see where Kubuntu has the edge on Mandriva.

    Simply stunning desktop and the one with which I feel is ready for my folks to switch over.
    Ive had them using OO, FF, Thunderbird, VLC, and Skype on Windows so when I leave my laptop over they’ve had no problems using it w/ Linux and they love the gorgeous KDE4.2 desktop.

    Linux is now ready for grandma and grandpa and its simply a thing of beauty.
    And as my dad keeps saying “I cant believe its free and that we get free updates too. Why didnt we switch earlier?”

  2. jai
    May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    totalle agree.. For me, Mandriva is the best distro, veru polished, and, if someone would be interested in KDE, I’d only recommended Mandriva (or openSUSE, if any).

  3. June 10, 2009 at 4:52 am

    I have a problem with it, if I select scim-bridge as default input method, it automatically installs necessary packages, and prompt me to log out, so I did, when I login, I can switch using ctrl+space for other language input, but if I select ibus, although it also installs packages for me (something like ibus-gtk) but when I log out and log in, there is no ibus icon in the system tray and I cannot use ctl+space to invoke it.

  1. May 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm

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