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New to Mageia, install observations

Postby gfagan » Apr 29th, '18, 09:01

Howdy,

I've been using openSuSE since v9, but lately I've been increasingly frustrated, so after reading reviews toying with some livecds, I've installed Mageia on my new laptop as a daily driver, hopefully for at least 3 years. Overall, things are settling into place, but there have been a few speed bumps which I'd like to share. Hopefully y'all can tell me where to send these comments, as they're not necessarily bugs.

First, after the basic install, I opened the control center (very nice touch for a SuSE convert) and figured out how to add the repos. It was nice to see everything I needed on one list, with sensible defaults about what to enable. What I didn't realize was that the enabled local version of core was keeping me from seeing the mirror, and since I had removed the usb installer, I was dead in the water. There's a "newcomer's how-to" link on the welcome screen, and the page it points to is practically empty; this is exactly the sort of info that should go there.

After disabling the local repos, things proceeded smoothly until I remembered my printer. There seems to be a goofy dependency, crosswired between 64 & 32-bit versions, on the mirror, so I plugged the usb installer back in. But it still didn't work at first, because the path to the local repo specified a dvd even though I never used a dvd to install from. The hp printer setup through the control center didn't work, but it did install the hp device manager, and configuring the printer with that went smoothly.

Speaking of the installer, it had a page asking me to specify my pointing device, but touchpad wasn't a choice. The touchpad didn't work for taps until I installed the synaptics driver.

Really wish that "gnome-gmail" was in the repo (even though I'm using KDE). If you haven't heard of it, you specify it as your default "mail client" but then you configure it with your browser of choice which it launches straight into web-based gmail.

I've an issue cloning output onto the big screen, but I think that's between AMD and KDE, not Mageia's fault. Otherwise the installation and setup have gone well, so thanks!

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Re: New to Mageia, install observations

Postby doktor5000 » Apr 29th, '18, 14:46

Hi there, and thanks for sharing feedback, greatly appreciated.
gfagan wrote:There's a "newcomer's how-to" link on the welcome screen, and the page it points to is practically empty; this is exactly the sort of info that should go there.

Mind to share to which wiki page that points to? Is it this one https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Newcomers_start_here ?
Well hints about the installation repos are in https://doc.mageia.org/mcc/6/en/content ... media.html (to which the newcomer page points to) and also at https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Software_man ... nd_updates

gfagan wrote:Really wish that "gnome-gmail" was in the repo (even though I'm using KDE). If you haven't heard of it, you specify it as your default "mail client" but then you configure it with your browser of choice which it launches straight into web-based gmail.

You can report that as a package request, after searching if it hasn't been reported yet already: https://wiki.mageia.org/en/How_to_repor ... ge_request
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