A while ago I decided to do some development work on the Arduino platform (http://http://arduino.cc). I bought an Arduino Uno and started to get information about the required software. As usual ( @%$#%^#) everybody is using M$ Windows, but for the Arduino there are also Mac and Linux installations available. Unfortunately there is no mentioning of Mandriva Linux in their list, so I started with the noarch tarball and tried to run the IDE. Right away I had problems with access rights, lock files etc. Googling the issues didn’t help a lot, since the solution were never Mandriva compliant. I was so happy when I read a thread of a guy who build a Mandriva 2010 package, but it turned out that the links were a bit off and when I finally found the rpm I ran into a rats nest of circular dependencies.
Why didn’t anybody tell me that Mandriva has a Arduino package in the repository?
Make sure that you have Contrib-Backports selected in your media list and you will be able to install the Arduino IDE.
I found the rpms beginning with Mandriva 2010.1, installation was no problem at all and the Blink example worked right away.
Good Luck and have fun with your Arduino.