Mandriva 2005 and Mandriva 2006
are superb distros and work fully (out of the box) and do not necessarily need any updates.
Although you will probably wish to add thunderbird (email client) which is on the disks.
Normal updates can be done through the update manager.
I am finding that Mandriva2006 seems to be very slow on a low spec computer and that Mandriva2005 is better on these machines.

I now have this information from  the  Mandriva (Issue # 111) newsletter.
"The updates released since the last newsletter include an update for 2006.0 which fixes a bug some users may have experienced where a bad interaction between acpid, logrotate and X.org caused the system to stick at 99% CPU usage."
So, after installing the Mandriva 2006 it is necessary to do the updates. Doing the updates is a normal procedure, although it is not critical in the way that it is with that other system.

Desktop
The following instructions assume the use of the gnome desktop.

Browser Plugins

Three Browser plugins are normally required.

1/ RealPlayer.
Test this by playing some video clip on http://news.bbc.co.uk/ You should have the video clip with sound.

2/ Macromedia Flash.
Test this by visiting http://www.macromedia.com and the small movie sequence will be clear.

3/ Java.
Test this by going to http://www.java.com, search for 'test java' and select the first item in the resultant list and you will get the 'dancing duke' icon.

RealPlayer

RealPlayer in the default system does not work, so these are the steps to restore it's functionality.

 1/ go into control panel
 2/ select uninstall software
 3/ search for 'real' and uninstall
 4/ go to www.real.com/linux
 5/ download the rpm file to your profile
 6/ double click the file and it will pop up options and ask for root password
 7/ now it is installed.
 8/ go offline
 9/ log out and log in as 'root'
10/ go to 'Computer' and find files in /usr/local/RealPlayer/mozilla
11/ right click and make links to the two files you see here, 'nphelix.so' and 'nphelix.xpt'
12/ now leaving the window with the two links open go back and now go to /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox-1.0.6/plugins
13/ move (drag) the two links to the plugin directory
14/ log out
15/ log in as normal user and go online and test using the video clips on http://news.bbc.co.uk/

Java

You may update to the newer version (not essential).

 1/ Download, as normal user the file from www.java.com
 2/ go offline, log out and log in as root.
 3/ put the downloaded file into /usr/java
 4/ go into control panel and uninstall, search for 'j2r' and uninstall this
By putting file into /usr/java the java directory remains after the uninstall process.
 5/ In terminal window type  'cd /usr/java' and enter
 6/ now type 'chmod a+x jre-1_5_0_06-linux-i586-rpm.bin' (the downloaded file's name)and enter
 7/ now type './jre-1_5_0_06-linux-i586-rpm.bin' and enter
 8/ type 'yes' at bottom of agreement and enter
 9/ go into the java directory ../plugins/i386/ns7
10/ make link to 'libjavaplugin_oji.so'
11/ move link to the plugin directory of /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox-1.0.6/plugins as before
12/ log out, log in as normal user and test on http://www.java.com/

Macromedia
 1/ Download as normal user the flash  install_flash_player_7_linux.tar.gz
 2/ go off-line, logout and then login as root
 3/ copy file from user directory to /root/Download
 4/ right click mouse on this file and 'extract here' and enter
 5/ move the extracted folder to /usr/local/
 6/ now open terminal window and cd /usr/local/ and enter
 7/ type 'ls' and enter
 8/ cd 'install_flash_player_7_linux' and enter
 9/ type './flashplayer-installer and enter
10/follow instructions
Log out, login (as normal user) and test by going to www.macromedia.com

k3b
CD/DVD writer
I like to update the k3b  to the latest version.

 1/ go to www.k3b.org and download the source file
 2/ extract (unpack) the k3b source file  (right click and extract here)
 3/ Using the terminal cd to the extracted directory
 4/ Compile using command './configure' and enter
 5/ You may have some error messages particularly concerning missing audio components. You won't need these if you  only want to write data.
 6/ Now simply 'make'  and enter
 7/ The process of make does take some time.
 8/ If that was successfull you can now 'su' and give root password
 9/ Now 'make install' and enter
10/ Test the k3b application, 'help about' gives the installed version number.

This process:-

    ./configure and enter
    make and enter
    su and enter
    type root password and enter
    make install and enter

is the normal compile process and does depend on various libraries being present, these can be seen in any error messages and may require to be added.

Updateing Firefox and Thunderbird
 1/ Download the file from www.mozilla.org
 2/ Go offline and login as root
 3/ copy the downloaded file from /home/<user>/.. to roots folder
 4/ extract the file
 5/ rename the firefox folder to 'mozilla-firefox-1.5' etc.
 6/ move the folder to /usr/lib/
 7/ go into control panel - system - menu
 8/ add the application to the web browser folder '/usr/lib/mozilla-firefox-1.5/firefox'
 9/ now update the icon, it is in /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox-1.5/icons/
10/ save the menu settings
11/ log out as root, login as normal user and test online.
The procedure is similar for Thunderbird

OpenOffice.org 2.0.2
 1/ Download, as user OpenOffice from www.openoffice.org. (file size 100MB).
 2/ Right click the mouse button and 'extract here'
 3/ go into terminal window cd Download (or wherever you downloaded the file to)
 4/ cd into the openoffice directory
 5/ ls and enter shows the directories
 6/ cd OOB680_m5_native_packed-1_en-US.9011 and enter
 7/ then ls and enter shows the directories here
 8/ cd RPMS and enter
 9/ su and enter
10/ type root password and enter
11/ type 'rpm -Uvih *rpm' and enter
12/ In file manager go to the same directory then into 'desktop-integration'
13/ Double click on openoffice.org-mandriva-menus-2.0.2-3.noarch.rpm
14/ Window pops up asking for root password, enter it.

The default file type for OpenOffice.org 2 is odt, but you can save as other file types including in Microsoft formats.



I will be adding further details of the updating process.
14 May 2006