Way back in ancient times when Mandriva was still Mandrake this was actually the first distribution of Linux I recall ever using. Things have come a long way since then but unfortunately I…
Way back in ancient times when Mandriva was still Mandrake this was actually the first distribution of Linux I recall ever using. Things have come a long way since then but unfortunately I have neglected using Mandriva in recent years. So I decided it was time for some nostalgia. These days Mandriva is an excellent distribution, definitely up to par with all of the rest. Mandriva offers extensive consumer services and business solutions, but for the everyday Linux user there is also the Mandriva free download DVD ISO. This DVD comes with optional KDE or Gnome desktops, and wide selection of popular free software.
The Mandriva KDE desktop is quite simple you will see a handful of desktop icons, your main panel, and your desktop toolbox icon in the top right corner of your desktop. You can click on your Klauncher menu which is the first item on the left side of your panel, here you can launch applications, install new ones, or configure your computer. To install new software just open your menu and click install and remove software and Rpmdrake will open. You can also use this tool to update your packages and keep your system secure as well.
It is pretty easy to add new applets or other items to your panels or your desktop. In general just right click what you want to configure. Or you can click on the desktop toolbox icon in the top right corner of your desktop. From the desktop toolbox you can also arrange applets or icons on your desktop into activities or containers if you prefer that style. But make sure your desktop is unlocked by right clicking on your desktop toolbox and clicking the unlock widgets button. You can right click or left click on your desktop toolbox icon for a different selection of options.
Like other popular versions of Linux Mandriva also has multiple virtual desktops that you can use when things become cluttered.
There is a workspace switcher applet in your desktop next to the open window area. This applet makes moving windows between workspaces and switching back and forth very simple. Also if you want to browse files on your computer you can just double click on the home icon that sits on your desktop, then Dolphin will open automatically. Dolphin is a very effective file browser that is common on in many popular distributions.
The fastest way to adjust your desktop settings in Mandriva KDE is to click on the screwdriver and wrench icon near the left side of your main panel, right by your menu. This will open the system settings window where all of your settings are neatly arranged into sensible categories. All of the important settings that will affect your desktop appearance can be found in the look and feel section and everything is fairly simple to adjust. The desktop settings window is packed with options so make sure to take some time to get things looking the way you want.
Inside the look and feel section of the system settings window click on appearance first. Here you can adjust the look of your windows in many ways, change icon themes, colors, and your splash screen. Even meticulously adjust window radio buttons and window fonts if you want to. Check out all of the options available in the tab categories on the left hand side of the window. There are not many default themes available but you can easily download new themes and styles directly through the appearance options interface which is also quite convenient.
If you want to configure your screensaver or enable desktop compositing open your system settings window from your panel again. Then click on the desktop icon in the look and feel section. The main tab is for your desktop effects where you can enable compositing with no trouble at all. There is also a screesaver tab with a vast selection to choose from. Other basic options can be found here also.Tags: DVD, KDE, Mandriva Linux