Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Oct 2007 14:18 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris The GNOME version of Mandriva Linux 2008 One has been released and is now available via BitTorrent or from the mirror sites. Featuring all the same new features as the other editions of Mandriva Linux 2008, with a fully up-to-date GNOME 2.20 desktop. In addition, another review of Mandriva 2008.
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Num Lock
by JeffS on Mon 15th Oct 2007 22:58 UTC
JeffS
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2005-07-12

I tried Mandriva 2008 on my laptop, and like most everything about it, and I agree with a lot of the comments here.

However, Mandriva enables numlock by default, causing corresponding letter keys to put in the numbers instead.

Thus, I took the following steps.

1. In MCC - Services, I turned off the NumLock Daemon.
2. In KDE CC, Peripherals, Keyboard, turned off the NumLock toggle.
3. Configured KDE to allow root login. Logged into KDE as root, and did the same thing as #2.

This mostly solves the problem. For logging into KDE normally, no problem. For opening normal (non-root) apps in KDE, no problem. But as soon as I open something that requires root access, the Num Lock is on again, and I end up failing logging in because I don't realize that Num Lock is on. Then I use the blue "Fn" key with the "Num Lock" key to turn it off, and I'm able to log in. But then in the regular (non-root) KDE environment Num Lock is back on. AARRRGGHHH!!

Yes, once again I can turn it off again with the blue "Fn" key and the "Num Lock" key.

But doing all this stuff is a huge annoyance (to say the least) and a big time waster, and is about as pleasant as finger nails on a chalkboard.

All that said, I want to like Mandriva 2008 and use it. It has lots of good things going for it. And I'd be glad to give it my full endorsement, if only I can easily get past this Num Lock issue satisfactorily.

Perhaps it's a simple matter of choosing a more laptop oriented keyboard (rather than the default "Generic US keyboard" during the live boot process. I dunno.

But any hot tips to get around this would be greatly appreciated.

Edited 2007-10-15 23:00

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