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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #61

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         Issue #61    Thursday,  26 September 2002

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


This Week's Summary: Mandrake in the News; 9.0 Commercial Apps Now 
Available to MandrakeClub Members; Business Case of the Week; This 
Week's Survey; Security-related Software Updates; Headlines from 

Mandrake in the News
---------------------------------------- -- Penguin Time (a.k.a. Wheaton does Mandrake).
You may know Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher from "Star Trek: The Next 
Generation" TV series, but he's also a recent Linux convert and 
Mandrake enthusiast. Wil describes his personal switch to Linux in a 
very interesting and extremely well written article titled "Penguin 

"When I switched, I did it 100%, and I haven't looked back since. I am 
really glad that I did it this way, because I've learned something new 
each day, and grown more secure in my abilities to administer my 
system. I'd suggest that, unless you're a hardcore gamer, you do the 
same." -- Tiny Boxen.
Slashdot discusses the OpenBrick systems which are currently 
available through
"This great little Linux box can be used as a firewall, micro-server, 
PABX, thin client, multimedia, almost anything imaginable. It contains 
a fanless 300 Mhz x86 compatible Geode processor and 128 MB SDRAM. 
Software can be installed on a Compact Flash or on an optional Hard 
Disk." Sounds like a nice solution for many applications." -- Enigmail Standard In Mandrake 9.0.
Slashdot discusses enigmail, a new feature in Mandrake Linux 9.0: 
"The Mozilla 1.1 RPMs in Mandrake 9.0 contain the enigmail plugin. It 
seamlessly encrypts, signs, decrypts and authenticate email with GPG or 
PGP in the Mozilla Mail client. This is the first major distributor I 
know of to support enigmail. With this and Evolution and Kmail both 
supporting GPG and PGP are we at the dawn of that golden age when 
encrypted email will be commonplace?"

Denis reports that he has now added all of the commercial applications 
for 9.0 to the MandrakeClub download section (except for a few which 
aren't in RPM format); plus, all of the applications should now be 
accessible with urpmi.

Nice mirror list for Club members.
MandrakeClub is testing a new Mirror finder which is a more efficient 
way of locating only the mirrors that you are interested in. Check out 
the following article for all the details, then post your comments with 
any feedback:

Not yet a Mandrake Club member? To learn more, please visit:

Business Case of the Week
Internet/E-commerce: Araxe uses Mandrake as a development server.
Araxe is a French company with 15 employees whose business is web 
designing and Internet/Intranet portals. They use Mandrake Linux 8.1 
for their development server due to "its recognized qualities and for 
its French interface."

For many more examples of Mandrake in the workplace, see

This Week's Survey
Mandrake Linux 9.0 will be:

 * Best Linux distro in the galaxy!
 * Just great!
 * Reasonably good for a .0 release
 * So-so
 * Nothing special

Cast your vote in the Voting Booth and check the results.

Software Updates
Security-related software updates have been released for:

glibc -- fixes Sun RPC vulnerability
tcltk -- fixes local vulnerabilities

View the complete list at

Headlines from MandrakeForum
What would it take to make Linux a hit?
'Anonymous' kicks off a lively discussion by asking "what [do] you 
girls and guys think Linux has got that would make it a VERY desirable 
OS for people who don't generally care about OSs?"

Windows-Tailored Hardware.
Darryl Barlow talks about various hardware devices that only work with 
MS-Windows. What has your experience been with these troubling things?

Surprise! Mandrake Linux 9.0, third try :-)
Denis writes about the latest 9.0 Release Candidate, and many readers 
voice their input:

Read these and other stories at MandrakeForum.

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