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This page is intended to answer general questions regarding the distribution



Note: When users first boots in to OM Lx 'Live' ISO or installed system they are presented with the OM-Welcome application. Please check there to see if there are any tasks you would wish to do. As example: For users that wish to use Firefox, Thunderbird, Chromium, ect look under OM-Welcome>Applications>Internet for links to easily install these. Lot of useful stuff in OM-Welcome for users. There is also a link OM-Welcome>Configure>OpenMandriva Control Center with some administrative tasks one might wish to pursue.


Q: How do I update my new system?

A: Recommended way: Open Konsole or other terminal and type:

sudo dnf clean all

sudo dnf upgrade

Easy way: Go to Application Menu>System>dnfdragora. Under Icon in the 2nd box from left be sure "To update" is selected. If there are any updates they will be listed in the box on right side. Select "Select All" then "Apply".


Q: How do I add additional software?

A: Go To Application Menu>System>Software Repository Selector. Under "Unsupported", "Restricted" (Only if legal in your country), and "Non-Free" select "enable" then select OK. You will be asked for administrator password. Enter that and select OK. Now you have all packages currently available for your system in OpenMandriva repositories. Recommended way to install individual packages: Open Konsole and use the "dnf install" command like:

sudo dnf install <package_name>

To remove a package:

sudo dnf remove <package_name>

Alternatively one can use dnfdragora to install additional packages. Just be sure the the 2nd box from left gets changed from "To update" to "ALL". Then use "search" to find packages.


Q: What are the different "Update Channels"?

A: Update Channels are the same as the different "Release Versions" of OpenMandriva Lx. Each Release Version/Update Channel has it's own unique repositories.

Do not mix update channels/releases or you will have problems. They are:

  • Cooker (Unstable)

Cooker is the development branch. This is where developers do the actual work of developing packages and the distro itself. Because of the nature of this continual work process Cooker breaks at times. That is correct. We aren't saying Cooker "might break" we say quite honestly "Cooker will break". If you are not used to problem solving on computers at a very high level Cooker is not for you.

  • Rolling

Rolling is where developers take packages when they believe they are ready for use. Rolling is a rolling release and will have the most up to date packages practical. It is designed to be a working, usable, system. Rolling users need to be able to handle some problem solving on their own as with any "bleeding edge" release. Also Rolling users should be willing and able to use command line.

  • Rock

Rock repositories consist of a symbolic link to the latest stable version of OpenMandriva. Currently Rock is linked to OM Lx 4.0. However when OM Lx 4.1 is released Rock will automatically be switched to OM Lx 4.1. Rock is the recommended choice for majority of users.

  • Release (Stable)

Release repositories are the latest stable version of OpenMandriva Lx currently OM Lx 4.0. The Release/Stable version would be the most stable and suitable for users that like things to stay as they are and just work. Package upgrades will be limited mostly to bug fixes, and security updates.

And remember the following: On a given system use only one release. Do not mix releases/update channels or you will have problems.


Q: Why are there different repositories?

A: Repositories are where individual packages are stored. These are the different repository categories (Also known as "media" or "media sources") and why the exist:
  • main

main is the core packages maintained by the OpenMandriva Lx team. This includes anything included in the install images as well as many more applications considered important.

  • unsupported

unsupported represents community maintained packages. These are not supported by the core OpenMandriva Lx team, and depend on package maintainers to update it. There are many packages in unsupported that will not install and others that install but do not work properly. Users are welcome to use whatever they find in this repository that is working. (Work is in progress to clean up the unsupported repository but it is a massive time consuming project which will take some considerable time to complete.)

  • restricted

restricted contains libraries that aren't installed by default due to legal concerns (such as patent issues). The usage of these packages vary by country - OpenMandriva Lx is not responsible for their usage! If you believe that their usage is disallowed in your country, please disable the restricted repositories.

  • non-free
non-free contains applications and drivers that are distribute-able, but do not meet the definitions of Free Software. While we can adjust the packaging of such applications, we do not have the source code and therefore can not fix problems caused by anything in this repository.


Q: How is OpenMandriva Lx different from other Linux distributions?

A: OpenMandriva Lx is different in many ways - our goal is to build an OS that is easy enough for newbies to use without being too "dumbed down" for experienced users. As such, we prefer KDE Plasma and LXQt desktop environments. We also pay a lot of attention to having a solid technical base - using an up to date, clang based tool-chain for one. We care strongly about Open Source/Free Software and do not let non-free software into our main repositories - but we make it available in a separate repository so people who need it can still have an easy to use system.


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