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ZDNet: Mandrake 8.1 offers superior server platform

Nov 27, 2001, 20:04 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael P. Deignan)

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"Mandrake Linux 8.1 represents a significant step toward a serious, reliable alternative to Microsoft Windows' server and desktop operating systems. This latest version offers numerous server-based features that IT managers will find extremely attractive, and invaluable support features for system administrators, as well as an extremely user-friendly desktop environment, loaded with numerous applications and utilities.

Mandrake 8.1 is one of the most technologically advanced Linux releases on the market. The product uses the "enterprise" kernel 2.4.8 and supports SMP systems (globally limited to a maximum of 32 CPUs by NR_CPUS in include/linux/threads.h) and more than 1GB of RAM. With these kernel-level features, Mandrake 8.1 can handle computationally intensive tasks and can run on high-end server hardware. (For compatibility with older applications, the 2.2.10 kernel is also available.)

If Linux is to make serious inroads in mission-critical server environments, it must offer journalized file system (JFS) support. A JFS is important for mission-critical business environments, as it provides a high level of data integrity and helps to reduce downtime due to data corruption or hardware failure. While other vendors of Linux operating systems have been slow to adopt journalized file systems, Mandrake 8.1 supports several, including Ext3, ReiserFS, XFS and JFS . Such support gives IT managers who are evaluating Mandrake versus other Linux OSes (or Windows) an additional reason to chose Mandrake as a mission-critical server OS."

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