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Mandriva 2011 installation and disk partitioning guide

The second partition will be for /, the root file system directory. This is where most of the applications installed on the system will be placed. It is the equivalent of the “C” drive in Windows. By default, the installer assigns 12GB of disk space to /, which is just right if LVM is not in use. Any size slightly lower should be ok, too. The default file system is ext4. The installer will create this and subsequent partitions as logical partitions, and you can do that manually by selecting “Extended” from the “Preference” menu. Encryption is supported by the installer, but it will not allow the encryption of the root partition, which is very odd. Other Linux distributions that support disk encryption will allow you to encrypt every partition except the boot partition. Ok.
Root Partition Mandriva 2011

The third partition will be for Swap, disk space that the system may use as virtual memory. The default on Mandriva is 4GB. disk space allocation to Swap depends on the amount of install memory or RAM. For guidance on how to allocate disk space to Swap, read this. You may choose to encrypt Swap. Ok.
Swap Partition Mandriva 2011

The last partition will be for home, where all users home directories will be created. You may assign the available disk space to it, if you do not intend to install another distribution on the same hard drive. You may also opt to encrypt this partition. Ok.
Home Partition Mandriva 2011

With all the partitions created, click Done to continue with the rest of the installation.
Partitions Mandriva 2011

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Mandriva 2011 uses GRUB, the GRand Unified Bootloader, as the default boot loader. LILO, the LInux LOader, is the other option. The default settings here are good. You may want to change the entry in the “Main Options” box to 10 or 15. That is the time, in seconds, that the system will wait before booting, if left unattended.
GRUB Setup Mandriva 2011

You do not really need to do anything here, especially if Mandriva is the only distribution that will be installed on the hard drive.
GRUB Menu Mandriva 2011

Below this section are steps from the second stage of the installation process. Only the most important are shown. The steps not shown require no input from you.

You set the date and timezone here, and you may opt to enable the Network Time Protocol, NTP, which enables the system to maintain accurate time by synchronizing its time with an NTP server out on the Internet. NTP is disabled by default. If you do not enable it here, you can always configure it after installation.
NTP Options Mandriva 2011

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Mandriva uses the traditional UNIX root account for system-level management activities. Here, you are given the opportunity to set the password for this account.
Root Password Mandriva 2011

Clicking on “Advanced” in the previous step opens this window. You may enable the guest account here. This account, as the name suggests, is an account for temporary use. The user of this account has very limited privileges on the system. Data generated under this account is not persistent.
Guest Account Mandriva 2011

The last major step in the installation process will require you to create a user account. This is the account that you will use to for daily computing.
User Account Mandriva 2011

And if the installation is successful you should have this beautiful login screen. Bon appétit!
Login Screen Mandriva 2011

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  1. Hi,

    I want to try Linux first time. I want to go for Mandriva since I read the reviews and even tried the Launch option of it. I am facing problem in installing this on HDD.

    I already have Windows XP on c: drive (80GB), Windows 7 on D: (60GB), and F Drive (14 GB). I want to install it on F for now and after using it for a while if I am comfortable I want to shrink other two and allocate or remove one of them and make Mandriva my main OS.

    I tried installing it without SWAP drive and mistakenly selected Native Linux as file system. Only thing I was scared to select was mount drive. It gave me options as shown in the figure above where one option was sda3 which is the 3rd partition where I wanted to install. Then installation was complete and reboot done.

    On reboot I saw same options as before i.e. one for windows 7 and other for windows XP but no option for Mandriva.

    What did I do wrong?

    How to get Mandriva as third option for booting?


    • After installation, have you able to boot into XP and 7?

      Keep in mind that if you have 3 HDD and you are installing on the third disk, that disk (F in this case) will be sdc and its partitions will start from sdc1 upwards. So sda3 is the 3rd partition of the first disk, that is, where XP is installed.

      Another question is, where did you install Mandriva’s boot loader? A recommended location in this type of configuration, is to install it in the MBR of sdc, the disk where Mandriva is installed. That way, you do not have to mess with Windows’ boot manager. If that is where you installed GRUB (Mandriva boot loader), then you will not see an option to boot into Mandriva.

      One thing you could do then is to access the BIOS boot menu and change the boot disk to sdc,

  2. My problems starts from there. After partitioning, it asks to reboot. After reboot, it begins all over again. – Lanuch or Install. This went for 4 times until I put UBUNTU back into the PC. I need a Help!

  3. you can encrypt root

    You can create an encrypted LVM and / inside that. Works with suspend and hibernate. Tested in Mandriva 2010.2 (and earlier afair) and Mageia 1.

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