I’ve just used Easy Urpmi on my Mandrake 10.1 installation. It’s an idiot-proof method of getting your Mandrake Linux configured so that you can use various ftp servers to install software.
I’ve used it on previous Mandrake builds and I’ve found it invaluable, especially when attempting to install applications that don’t come with the distribution.
If you use Mandrake, you absolutely must give this a go. This bloke deserves a medal ;o)