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The Mandriva Linux Control Center.
The Mandriva Linux Control Center (or MCC) also named Image:drakconf-icon.png drakconf is a bundle of configuration tools created by Mandriva with the aim of making the system's configuration easier.

To access the Mandriva Linux Control Center :

  • If you are running KDE open Menu->Tools->System Tools->Configure your computer
  • If you are running Gnome open System->Administration>Configure your computer

or

The same control center in text mode (console).
Under a text console (such as the consoles you access by pressing Ctrl-Alt-F1 to F6), type mcc or drakconf to access the Control Center in text mode.

Using the Control Center in text mode is very useful in case of display problems or other serious issues, for example when the graphical server refuses to start. In the MCC in text mode, you can navigate using the TAB and ENTER buttons, as well as the arrow buttons.

Contents

Usage

The Mandriva Control Center allows users to configure most of their system components in a very simple, intuitive and attractive interface. It consists of several modules organized as tabs. But all modules can also be run as autonomous applications, without necessarily having to go through the MCC, but you need at least to have a menu entry for this specific tool or you need to know what command you should use in the console to load this specific tool.

Using the Mandriva Control Center the user can change the core settings of the Mandriva Linux system and the changes can affect all the different users of the machine. This is why running the Mandriva Control Center requires administrator privileges (or Root) and asks for the root password.

Official documentation

The complete and official documentation for the Mandriva Linux Control Center is available when installing the mandriva-doc-Drakxtools-Guide-en package. You will then obtain a new menu entry : Menu -> Documentation -> Mandriva Linux DrakXTools User Manual. For more information about how to install & remove programs have a look at this wiki page: Installing and removing software.

Tools list

Software management

Image:Drakrpm-icon.png Install & remove Software Image:Drakrpm-update-icon.png Update your system
Image:Drakrpm-edit-media-icon.png Configure media sources for install and updates Image:Drakstats-icon.png Package stats


Online administration

Image:rfbdrake-icon.png Remote Control (Linux/Unix, Windows)


Hardware

• Manage your hardware
Image:harddrake2-icon.png Browse and configure hardware Image:draksound-icon.png Sound configuration
• Configure graphics
Image:Drak3d-icon.png Configure 3D Desktop effects Image:Drakx11-icon.png Set up the graphical server
• Configure mouse and keyboard
Image:keyboarddrake-icon.png Set up the keyboard layout Image:mousedrake-icon.png Set up the pointer device
• Configure printing and scanning
Image:system-config-printer-icon.png Set up the printer(s), the job queues,... Image:scannerdrake-icon.png Set up scanner
Image:drakfax-icon.png Configure a fax server
• Others
Image:drakups-icon.png Set up a UPS for power monitoring


Network & Internet

• Manage your network devices
Image:draknetcenter-icon.png Network Center Image:drakconnect-icon.png Set a new network interface...
Image:drakroam-icon.png Wireless connection
• Personalize and secure your network
Image:drakproxy-icon.png Proxy Image:drakgw-icon.png Share the Internet connections with other machines
Image:draknetprofile-icon.png Manage different network profiles Image:drakvpn-icon.png Configure VPN connection to secure network access
• Others
Image:drakhosts-icon.png Hosts definitions


System

• Manage system services
Image:drakauth-icon.png Authentification (on a network) Image:drakmenustyle-icon.png Menu style
Image:drakxservices-icon.png Manage system services... Image:drakfont-icon.png Manage, add and remove fonts. Import windows Fonts
• Localization
Image:drakclock-icon.png Manage date and time Image:draklocale-icon.png Manage localization for your system
• Administration tools
Image:logdrake-icon.png View and search system logs Image:drakconsole-icon.png Open a console as administrator
Image:userdrake-icon.png Manage users on system Image:transfugdrake-icon.png Import Windows documents and settings
Image:drakbackup-icon.png Backups Image:draksnapshot-icon.png Snapshots


Network sharing

• Configure Windows(R) shares
Image:diskdrake_samba-icon.png Access Windows (SMB) shared drives Image:draksambashare-icon.png Share drives with windows (SMB) systems
• Configure NFS shares
Image:diskdrake_nfs-icon.png Access NFS shared drives and directories Image:draknfs-icon.png Share drives and directories using NFS
• Configure WebDAV shares
Image:webdav-icon.png Access WebDAV shared drives and directories


Local disks

Image:drakdisk-icon.png Manage disk partitions Image:diskdrake_fileshare-icon.png Share your hard disk partitions


Security

Image:draksec-icon.png Set up security level and audit Image:drakperm-icon.png Tune permissions on system
Image:drakfirewall-icon.png Set up your personal firewall Image:drakinvictus-icon.png Advanced setup for network interfaces and firewall
Image:drakguard-icon.png Parental Control


Boot

• Configure boot steps
Image:drakboot-icon.png Set up autologin to automatically login Image:drakboot --boot-icon.png Set up boot system
Image:drakedm-icon.png Set up display manager


Other tools

  • The Drakwizard tools can be installed to configure servers (mail, file sharing, etc...).

Less used

  • Image:drakbug-icon.png drakbug : gives the possibility to report a bug through a graphical user interface easily, and fills in automatically all required informations on Mandriva's Bugzilla. (See also How to report a bug)
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