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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #37

Apr 08, 2002, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Phil Lavigna for this link. ]

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            Issue #37    Wednesday, 3 April 2002

Welcome to the Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- dedicated to 
keeping you up-to-date with the latest Mandrake-related news & info.

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This Week's Summary: MandrakeBizcase Request for Submissions; 8.2 PPC 
-- Beta 2; Improved printer drivers for HP Inkjets; 8.2 Errata Now 
Online; Latest MandrakeClub Activities; Mandrake in the News; New Paper 
at MandrakeSecure -- "Introduction to MSEC"; Headlines from 
MandrakeForum.


Top Story
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Since MandrakeSoft first launched the Business Survey several
months ago, we've received hundreds of great responses and testimonials.
Over 500 companies from 53 countries throughout the globe have answered,
and almost 300 stories have been published at MandrakeBizcases.com. 
The companies that use Mandrake Linux range from one-person 
startups to global enterprises. Each day these companies prove to the 
world that Mandrake Linux is a more powerful and flexible alternative 
to much higher-cost solutions from Microsoft.

Check out the statistics here!

We still need additional data for the Business Survey, so if you have a 
new story to tell us, or an update to a previously posted bizcase, 
please let us know. Send your story to enterprise@mandrakesoft.com with 
the words "Bizcases: [COMPANY NAME]" in the subject line, then a short 
description of how Mandrake Linux is being used in the body of your 
message.


What's Cookin' at MandrakeSoft
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Mandrake Linux 8.2 for PPC -- Beta 2.
On March 27th, Beta 2 of Mandrake Linux 8.2 for PPC became available 
for download and testing. If things continue to go well, a final 
release may soon be in the works so please test this latest Beta to 
make sure that Mandrake 8.2 PPC will work properly on your equipment.

The new beta contains many improvements, updates and fixes including:
* The graphical installation is improved --
  X setup on Radeon based TiBooks now works properly
* Updated packages now correspond with final 8.2 x86
* Reworked XFree to address r128 issues
* Reworked install kernels to address r128 issues and OldWorld machines
* And lots more

Read the complete announcement at MandrakeForum;
Learn how to get involved.

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Improved printer drivers for HP inkjets.
MandrakeSoft printing expert Till Kamppeter reports:
"Current DeskJets work "Perfectly" now! Last week, Hewlett Packard 
released version 1.0.4 of their free inkjet printer drivers. For their 
current inkjet models (DeskJet 960/980/990/995C, PhotoSmart P1x15, 
OfficeJet D series, CP1160, CP1700, Business Inkjet 2xxx, etc.) a 
high-resolution photo mode was added which means that Linux users can 
now have the same high-quality printing in Linux as with Windows in its 
highest quality mode.

In addition, they also added A5 and A3 paper sizes, full-bleed for all 
paper sizes on the PhotoSmart P100, and bug fixes for paper sizes, 
margins, and duplex bugs."

The updated packages are now available in Cooker:

    foomatic-1.1-0.20020322mdk.i586.rpm
    ghostscript-6.53-12mdk.i586.rpm
    printer-filters-1.0-47mdk.i586.rpm

Note: As with any Cooker packages, be sure to test them first on a 
system that is not a primary production machine.


8.2 Errata
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All errata pages, which describe known problems and how to solve them, 
are released simultaneously on MandrakeForum and on the Mandrake Linux 
website to make locating solutions easier.

The first few erratas for Mandrake Linux 8.2 have been posted to deal 
with problems with Chinese support, "too quiet" bootups, Mozilla mail 
with non-English languages, and XFree86 support on i815 chipsets.


MandrakeClub
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Club members have been busy downloading StarOffice 6.0 which 
became available as a download for Silver-level members (and above) on 
March 25th. MandrakeClub.com is currently the only place in the world 
to get the newest version of this premiere Office Suite for Linux. Each 
Club Member receives the same OEM License that is provided with the 
ProSuite or the PowerPack 8.2.

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To help answer a week's worth of backed-up email due to Denis being 
away at CeBIT, three more MandrakeSoft employees (Outhay, Gene, and JM 
Dault) have been introduced to the "wonders of MandrakeClub 
administration". Several other MandrakeSoft employees whose work 
isn't normally related to MandrakeClub helped out too, so things are 
now all caught up at MandrakeClub.com.

Not yet a Mandrake Club member? To learn more, please visit:
http://mandrakelinux.com/en/club/


Mandrake in the News
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FRlinux.net -- Mandrake 8.2: Code name BlueBird.
The French Linux website FRlinux.net offers an early review (in French) 
of Mandrake Linux 8.2. The article discusses scanner & webcam detection 
("Nearly 2 minutes after having connected my webcam, I had an image as 
can testify the screen capture below"); the improved Software Manager; 
Evolution, OpenOffice and Galeon; Frozen-Bubble; GNOME & KDE, etc.
Even if you can't speak French, the article includes lots of nice 
screenshots.


Website Notices
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MandrakeSecure.net: Introduction to msec.
A new paper has been released at MandrakeSecure.net called 
"Introduction to msec". It provides insight as to what exactly msec 
does, and how you can customize it to suit your tastes and environment.

"The Mandrake-Security package, more commonly known as msec, has been 
one of the base packages in Mandrake Linux since it was first 
introduced in version 7.0. Every user, consciously or not, has used 
msec to some degree."


Headlines from MandrakeForum
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Mandrake Linux 8.2 System Survives Thousands Of Attacks.
"7 Days ago today, Mandrake 8.2 was loaded onto a server and placed 
into the DMZ of Sec33.com's network. Without a firewall Mandrake sat 
and waited while an invitation to hack this system was broadcast around 
the globe. This latest version of the Mandrake flavor has received well 
over several thousand individual attacks and hasn't needed so much as a 
simple killing of a process or reboot."

Mandrake Linux 8.2: Rebuilding nVidia's Driver RPMs.
Tom writes: "If you don't want to wait for nVidia to post updated 
drivers for Mandrake Linux 8.2, you can build the kernel module RPM on 
your own."

The "Feel Good" Thread.
Tom posts some uplifting stories by people with positive thoughts about 
Mandrake Linux and Linux in general.

Read these and other stories at MandrakeForum.

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