Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Mandriva Powerpack 2008

I installed the Mandriva in my notebook, a Sony Vaio VGN-N350FE.
As previous installations of Mandriva, everything was very easy, including the disk partitioning (which I always do a non standard partitioning). Unlike Ubuntu, it allows you to choose the packages to be installed, and it lets you copy the installation disk to the hard drive so you can later add or remove packages more easily.
The problem I had so far was that I tried to run the vmware player, and IT DID NOT WORK. This really sucks. It looks like the Mandriva folks 'forgot' to test that the program works. I tried to execute the player's configuration utility, and it detected that the kernel source were not installed. I installed them and re-run the configuration utility: it threw a bizarre error, that I'd like to forget ;-)
Finally, I used the vmware server 1.0.4 installer, and I could install it correctly (even though in the end it gave me a warning saying that the 'vmware-cmd' utility wouldn't work).
Once the system was installed, I tried to open Second Life, and it gave me an error saying 'Window creation error', and that was it.
I still don't know if I'm going to install Mandriva in my main computer. I'll test it for a few days, and then, we'll see.


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