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Mandrake 9.2 Installation

With the release of Mandrake 9.2 a few months ago, many are now trying there hands out on this new distros. In this article we are going to take a look at the installation and configuration of Mandrake 9.2 from the Windows user's perspective. For those of you who want to get hands-on facts on working with Mandrake 9.2, you can take a look at our multimedia training on this month at

If you are a graphical interface fan like me, you will be glad to know that the installation of Mandrake 9.2 can be done entirely through the graphical user interface similar to that found in Windows. For anyone who has installed an operating system before in will be a walk in the park.

Mandrake 9.2 comes on three CD's. With CD 1 and 2 housing most files depending on what options you have selected during the installation. Remember that Mandrake, like most Linux distros, can be optimized for games, server or workstation. Another huge advantage of Mandrake 9.2 is the vast array of languages that comes with it. You can choose to install and run Mandrake on more than 50 languages. The documentations are however in English.

Mandrake 9.2 installation consists of 11 easy steps that I am going to show you in this article: These steps are as follows:

1. Language
2. License
3. Security
4. Partitioning
5. Install System
6. Root Password
7. Add Users
8. Install Boot loader
9. Summary
10. Install Update
11. Finish Setup

The Installation

We are going to install Mandrake 9.2 on a clean hard disk and clean partition. I will tell you later how to setup Mandrake 9.2 on another partition next to another operating system. Since Mandrake 9.2 is probably the easiest distro for newbie to install, we are going to start right away with the installation procedure.

Assuming you have the Images on CD, which is easiest way to install Mandrake 9.2 then boot your computer with disk 1 and follow the instruction on the screen. The first screen you get is the initial splash screen that gives you the option to select the install mode by pressing F1. You have four install modes: the default 800 x 600 default mode, the lower resolution of 640 X 480 mode or a higher resolution of 1024 X 768 Graphic. The fourth option is to carry out the installation using the text mode. For this article you can choose to install using the default mode.

After the initial splash screen has been loaded you are prompted with the screen to accept the language you want to setup Mandrake with. Although you will get full installation guidance on any language chosen, you will not be able to run Mandrake fully utilizing another language except English because some information will still be popping up in English language.

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