OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0 is the first stable release of OpenMandriva, a Linux desktop distribution that is a community-continuation of what used to be Mandriva Desktop.

It’s just one more item in the list of distributions derived from Mandriva. The others are Mageia, ROSA Desktop and PCLinuxOS.

In this article, I’ll run through a short list of things to do after installing it on your desktop. Since all the tasks will require access to OpenMandriva’s Control Center, launch it by clicking on the “Configure Your Computer” icon on the Welcome tab of SimpleWelcome, the distribution’s fullscreen app launcher. The main interface of the application is shown in this screen shot.
OpenMandriva Control Center

1. Add Repositories: This is one of those task that users should not have to do. All repositories should be enabled by default. This is a hold-out from the old Mandriva, but it is no longer the case on Mageia and ROSA Desktop. So a friendly note to the developers: Please enable all the repositories in the next edition. Don’t let your users see this screen shot on the next release.
OpenMandriva 2013.0 repositories

For now, if you want to be able to update the system, repositories have to be enabled. To do that, click on “Configure media sources for install and update” on the Software Management tab of OpenMandriva Control Center. This screen shot shows what the software sources manager’s window looks like after the repositories have been added. You should now be free to update the system and install applications from remote repositories.
OpenMandriva 2013.0 Add Repository

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2. Customize the Firewall: OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0 still ships with the old Mandriva firewall application, but it is disabled by default. Not a good idea, especially if you’ll be enabling network services down the line. This is the firewall’s management interface in its default state.
OpenMandriva 2013.0 Firewall

Uncheck the “Everything (no firewall)” option and click OK to enable the firewall. It’s not possible to set granular rules with this firewall, but that is better than no firewall.
OpenMandriva 2013.0 Firewall enabled

3. Install kcm-grub2: GRUB 2 is the version of the Grand Unified Bootloader used in OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0. Though there is a KDE Control Center module for managing it, it is, however, not installed by default. To install it, search for the kcm-grub2 package from the software manager and install it. Note that the version of the package available in the repository is kcm-grub2 0.5.8, but the latest version, released about a month ago, is kcm-grub 0.6.4.
OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0 Kcm-grub2

Once installed, you can access it from the “Startup and Shutdown” module of the KDE Control Center (not the OpenMandriva Control Center). The main interface is shown in this screen shot. Now, after installing this, you can forget about messing with GRUB2 at the command line.
KDE Control Center Kcm-grub2 module

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4. Install Homerun: The default menu on the OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0 desktop is SimpleWelcome. It’s a fullscreen application launcher, but if you want a better fullscreen app launcher that can also function as a directory browser, then install Homerun. Just search for the “homerun” package in the software manager and install it. After installing it, add it to the panel just like you would add any other KDE panel widget (search for “homerun”). If you have not used Homerun before, you might want to read Homerun: Quite possibly the best app launcher for your desktop. This screen shot shows Homerun’s home page.

5. Install Games: There are no games installed by default on OpenMandriva Lx, which doesn’t make sense because there are very good games in the repository. As they say, All work and no play… So if you want some games on the system, search for and install a package called kde4games. That will pull in about 42 games for you to enjoy. And if you want to be able to play Steam games, there is a steam client in the repository. Just search for and install the “steam” package.
Homerun KDE apps games

6. Install Flash Player: Finally, install Adobe Flash plugin. To do that, search for flash-player-plugin from the software manager and install. Doing all this should help you get the system to a more user-friendly configuration.


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16 Responses

  1. I have a lenovo g50-80 laptop and I want to dual boot with Windows 10, Everything is fine but at the time of partition only primary partitions is shown. so what I have to do now plzzz help

  2. FN + F2 will bring up the UEFI screen when booting. You can set “hotkey” mode off which allows F1 – F12 to work normally and the Fn key to access the extra functionality.

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    I bought a Lenovo G50-45 to my daughter. It came with Windows8 and without CD nor ethernet port.
    As my daughter got frustrated with unsolicited software upgrades/installs that have place in the precise moment you are urged to use the PC, and the eternal feeling that you don’t own your computer but someone else does; I encouraged her to try linux. As some of my office fellows told me about Deepin and its Mac’s-like look&feel, I and my daughter decided to give it a try and I installed Deepin on her PC.
    First of all I faced the “secure boot” issue you just commented about. But once that issue was solved, I’m not being able to configure the network at all. It seems that Deepin does not have the drivers for the wireless network interface that comes with this Lenovo model, or the manufacturers did something tricky to discourage the users to run some linux distros on it. Have you heard about any wireless issues with this Lenovo model when usin Deepin OS? Thank you!

    1. MY Lenovo G50-45 has an optical drive and an Ethernet port. The latter is on the left side, between the HDMI and VGA ports.

      As for problems with the Ethernet connection, I’ve not heard any issues with it. The only problem I have is with the wireless connection, which works, but tends to lose connection often. And it’s not just with Deepin, but other Linux distributions too.

      Yesterday, I reinstalled Windows 8. Today, the Ethernet port stopped working, so I’m trying to figure that out. My general opinion is the model is not a good PC.

      Btw, Deepin has a tendency to freeze, so I wouldn’t want to introduce a new user to Linux using the latest edition of Deepin.

  5. Hi, “Kamit”! I have red quite a few posts on your site and liked them a lot! The information is quite diverse on the website and right to the point in the articles. Also I learned of a few Linux distros that I haven’t come accross before, and think I should test them, eg. BackBox. I am really impressed with your style of writing, grammar and punctuation – very few native English speakers indeed can put commas in the right place.
    I am planning on upgrading my laptop and this time I want to go for an AMD/Radeon machine and use a Linux distro as the main OS (I like Mint and Fedora). I think Lenovo B50 or G50 should be a good choice for home/office use. Last night a technician at a local shopping centre completely discouraged me of going for Lenovo/AMD/Radeon combination, saying that it’s a completely unreliable trio and recommending HP ProBook/i5/nVidia instead. What is your opinion? Have you had issues with your Lenovo G50 in the past 5 months since you bought it?

    1. Thanks for the kind words.

      Regarding the G50, I still have Windows on it, but I’ve never used it with that OS, so I can’t tell you whether it’s reliable or not when running Windows.

      With Linux, however, the network connections will drop for no reason, and has to be reconnected manually. Not sure if the fault is with Linux or the network card. Wireless works fine, though.

      From what I’ve heard/read, HP and Dell appear to offer better quality.

      Hope that helps.

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