As a review, DrakX presents a summary of information it gathered about your system. Depending on the hardware installed on your machine, you may have some or all of the following entries. Each entry is made up of the hardware item to be configured, followed by a quick summary of the current configuration. Click on the corresponding button to make any changes.
Timezone: by default, DrakX deduces your time zone based on the country you have chosen. You can click on the button if this is not correct. See Section 13.2, “Time Zone Options”.
Country / Region: check the current country selection. If you're not in the country selected by DrakX, click on the button and choose another. If your country isn't in the list shown, click on Other Countries to get a complete country list.
Bootloader: to change your bootloader configuration. This should be reserved to advanced users. Refer to the printed documentation or the in-line help about bootloader configuration in the Mandriva Linux Control Center.
Linux is a secure multi-user system. Each user may have his own
preferences, files and so on. But unlike the system administrator
root, the user you create at this point is
not authorized to change anything except its own files and its own
configurations, protecting the system from unintentional or malicious
changes which could have a serious impact on it.
Sound card: if a sound card is detected on your system, it is displayed here. If you notice the sound card isn't the one actually present on your system, you can click on the button and choose a different driver.
Graphical Interface: by default, DrakX configures your graphical interface with a resolution that best matches your video card and monitor combination. If that doesn't suit you, or DrakX could not automatically configure it (not configured is displayed), click on to reconfigure your graphical interface. You can click on from within the configuration wizard to benefit from full in-line help.
Network: if you wish to configure your Internet or local network access, you can do so from here. Refer to the printed documentation or use the Mandriva Linux Control Center after the installation has finished to benefit from full in-line help.
Security Level: this entry allows you to define the security level. As a rule of thumb, the security level should be set higher if the machine is to contain crucial data, or if it's to be directly exposed to the Internet, or hosting many users. The trade-off is that a higher security level is generally obtained at the expense of ease of use.
If you do not know what to choose, read the descriptions, or keep the default option. You will be able to change it later with the draksec tool in the Mandriva Linux Control Center. Fill the Security Administrator field with the e-mail address of the person responsible for security. Security-related messages will be sent to that address.
Firewall: if you plan to connect your machine to the Internet, it's a good idea to protect yourself from intrusions by setting up a firewall. Consult the corresponding chapter of the Starter Guide for details about firewall settings.
GNU/Linux manages time in UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) and translates it to local time according to the time zone you selected. If the machine also hosts another operating system that doesn't handle time the same way, it's better to select the hardware clock set to local time option.
If you check the Automatic time synchronization option the system clock will be regulated automatically by connecting to a remote time server on the Internet. For this feature to work, you must have a working Internet connection. We recommend that you choose a time server located near you or the default All servers entry which will select the best server for you. This option actually installs a time server which can be used by other machines on your local network as well.
If everything works fine, the installer should detect and configure the video card installed on your machine. If the detection or configuration is incorrect, you can choose the card installed on your system from a list.
Here you can choose the resolution and color depth from those available for your graphics hardware. Choose the one which best suits your needs (you will be able to make changes after the installation). A sample of the chosen configuration is shown in the monitor picture.
The system tries to open a graphical screen at the desired resolution. If you see the test message during the test and answer , then DrakX will proceed to the next step. If you don't see it, it means that some part of the auto-detected configuration was incorrect and the test automatically ends after a few seconds and returns you to the menu. Change settings until you get a correct graphical display.
This option allows you to choose whether you want your machine to automatically switch to a graphical interface at boot. Obviously, you may want to untick the box if your machine is to act as a server, or if you were not successful in getting the display configured.
This dialog is used to select which services will be automatically started at boot time: DrakX lists all services available on the current installation. Review each of them carefully and uncheck those which aren't needed at boot time.
At this stage, be very careful if you intend to use your machine as a server: you probably don't want to start any services which you don't need. Please remember that some services can be dangerous if they're enabled on a server. In general, select only those services you really need.