Discovering Mandrakelinux

Peter Kitson

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2. About this Quick-Startup Guide

Welcome, and thank you for choosing Mandrakelinux! This Quick-Startup Guide will help you understand the installation basics of a GNU/Linux distribution, give you pointers as to what you need to do before actually installing the Mandrakelinux operating system (OS), as well as initiate you to the GNU/Linux environment. We’ll tell you about technical procedures you should follow ("Installation Warning", page 3). This is not mandatory, but let us just say we very highly recommend that you follow these instructions! We talk about data back-up, scandisk, and the like.

We cover topics such as BIOS configuration, boot disks and supported hardware in "Before Installation", page 5.

Then comes the chapter you have been waiting for: "Installation with DrakX", page 9. This utility is designed to guide you during the installation process.

We then discuss the Linux paradigm by comparing it to Windows and MacOS in "Migrating to Linux from Windows®/Mac OS X®", page 27. The next chapter ("Linux for Beginners", page 31) was written especially to help out new users. In it we describe the first steps a new user must master and we explain concepts such as "logging in/out", security tips, and more.

We then guide you through a fairly exhaustive list of documentation sources which you can consult in order to attain a better Linux knowledge ("Where to Get Documentation", page 41). A Mandrakelinux-specific section points to numerous in-house resources which you can find on the Net.

The last part (Use) gives you a short description of the following daily applications:

• the KDE graphical environment in "Using KDE", page 45;

• the Konqueror file manager and web browser (see Managing your Files, page 49, and Browsing the Web, page 51);

• the KMail mail client ("Writing E-mails with KMail", page 57);

• as well as two of’s components (see Word Processor, page 63, and Spreadsheet, page 64).

Good luck!