Needless to say the GUI software installer refused to load any GCC C++ compiler listed. so use this
configure: error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH
See `config.log' for more details.
and now you can actually use the terminal, I have no idea why they would leave this out?
Other than that I love Mandriva 2010 it has everything I use loaded all ready so it just plain worked from the get go.