Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Nov 2008 19:19 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Thanks to the Mandriva Xfce volunteer development team, a community Xfce One edition of Mandriva Linux 2009 is now available for download from all official Mandriva mirrors. A list of download locations can be found on the Wiki page. This release gives you all the benefits of Mandriva Linux 2009 along with a fast and stable Xfce desktop.
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lemur2
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2007-02-17

We mostly actually recommend LXDE (as mentioned in later comments) on netbooks. 'urpmi task-lxde' will install it on any Mandriva 2009 system. We did have a plan to do a special 'netbook edition' USB image based on LXDE, but I'm not sure we're going to have the time to get that done - it still may happen, though.


Do you have a USB image of any Mandriva 2009.0 system at all?

Netbooks don't have a CDROM drive. I have been using Unetbootin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNetbootin

to make various bootable USB images (overwriting my one USB stick each time) in order to trial various .iso LiveCDs.

Unetbootin works with Ubuntu variants.

I have just downloaded the .iso image of Mandriva One XFCE which is the topic of this thread, and ran Unetbootin with that .iso image to create an new bootable USB image. With Mandriva One 2009, however, it starts to boot but doesn't make it all the way. It stops with an error stating:

"Cannot run '/etc/init.d/rcS' : no such file or directory"

I'm fairly sure that this means that having loaded the kernel, Mandriva One is looking for the "rest of itself" on a CDROM drive which doesn't exist on the netbook.

Is there any way netbook owners can create a working bootable USB from a Mandriva One .iso LiveCD image?

Would it be possible to simply create a symbolic link named "cdrom" pointing to the correct place on the USB stick to work around this problem?

Netbooks are likely to be a significant part of Mandriva's target audience. It would be a shame to miss out because people couldn't get it booted.

http://forum.mandriva.com/viewtopic.php?t=71847

PS: hold the fort. Solution (work-around) may be here:

https://qa.mandriva.com/show_bug.cgi?id=34703#c10

Edited 2008-11-18 09:46 UTC

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AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

unetbootin isn't really recommended for MDV; I'd rather suggest lordikc's technique:

http://lordikc.free.fr/wordpress/?page_id=334

that's a comprehensive guide to installing Mandriva with LXDE via USB on a netbook. In both English and French ;)

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

unetbootin isn't really recommended for MDV; I'd rather suggest lordikc's technique: http://lordikc.free.fr/wordpress/?page_id=334 that's a comprehensive guide to installing Mandriva with LXDE via USB on a netbook. In both English and French ;)


I found that site and tried it on the MSI Wind U100. My efforts got as far as the initial Mandriva One splash screen (which is further than the Unetbootin method got) and then died. I pressed escape ... only to see roughly the same message "underneath" the splash screen. The same (or near equivalent) thing had occurred just a little later in the boot sequence.

Still I have yet to achieve a successful boot for Mandriva One on the MSI Wind using a USB flash memory stick, after six tries using different methods that occurred to me.

No real help to be found here, either:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/

I've given up and gone back to Xubuntu. Even with its failings, at least I could get Xubuntu 8.10 to run. I've fixed the wifi, and I have installed the ppa launchpad version of the bluetooth stack, so I am well on the way to getting everything working (after a bit of effort).

Sadly, I can't report anywhere near the same success with Mandriva One on my MSI Wind ... which is a crying shame because Mandriva normally works very well just about anywhere one tries it.

Edited 2008-11-18 22:27 UTC

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