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?
sudo dnf clean all
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".
sudo dnf upgrade
Q: How do I add additional software?
sudo dnf install <package_name>
To remove a package:
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.
sudo dnf remove <package_name>
Q: What are the different "Update Channels"?
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 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 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?
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 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 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-freecontains 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?
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