Mandriva Linux Control Center profiles enable you to store different configuration sets for your machine, for example for different locations. This is especially useful for laptops that need different configurations for home, the office, the coffee shop, etc. The parameters that can change from one profile to another are:
Allows you to activate different services from one profile to another, for example a firewall at home and no firewall at the office (see Section 1, “Configuring Start-Up Services”).
Creates a new profile based on the settings of the selected one. A dialog pops up asking for the name of the new profile. Don't forget to activate that profile after creating it if you want to configure it.
The Default Profile. This is the profile that is used at boot time. It cannot be deleted.
Example: Create a New Profile for Your Dial-Up Home Connection. You come back home with your brand new laptop, which your system administrator configured so you can connect to your corporate network. You now want to configure the network to access the Internet from home with a dial-up connection.
Reconfigure your network so that the modem, instead of the network card, is used to access the Internet (see Section 1, “Network and Internet Connection Management”).
It's more convenient to specify a profile at boot time than to activate it once the system is booted. drakboot (Section 2, “Changing Your Boot-up Configuration”) allows you to associate a specific profile to each menu entry of the bootloader.