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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #75

Mar 02, 2003, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Lavigna)

[ Thanks to Phil Lavigna for this link. ]


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               Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter

               Issue #75  Friday, 21 February 2003

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

In this issue:
  • Top Story: Mandrake Linux 9.1 'RC1' is available
  • New Products: Multi Network Firewall & Corporate Server 2.1
  • What's Cookin' at MandrakeSoft? New PPC Beta
  • Mandrake in the News: DistroWatch.com & Open-mag.com
  • MandrakeClub: New Applications Database & Package voting results
  • BizCase of the Week: Moving From NT Server to Mandrake 9.0
  • Software Updates: util-linux, postgresql, slocate, kernel, more
  • Headlines from MandrakeForum: Forum and MandrakeClub join forces


Top Story
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Mandrake Linux 9.1 'RC1' is available.
The first Release Candidate of the upcoming Mandrake Linux 9.1 for x86 
is now available for download & testing. The developers have asked 
everyone to bang away on the following features:
  • New ACPI support for laptops (power and configuration management)
  • NTFS resizing -- DrakX can now safely resize NTFS partitions
  • zeroconf -- Networked computers can be automatically assigned IP addresses and host names
  • Supermount -- Removable media mounting & unmounting has returned
  • Apache2 upgrade utility -- Safely upgrades Apache 1.3 to Apache 2
  • A new unified Mandrake theme for KDE, GNOME and Gtk apps

Everyone is invited to download RC1 from the usual locations, then 
report any bugs to 'BugZilla.'

For additional details, please see the official release notes.


New Products
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MandrakeSoft recently released two new "industrial-strength" enterprise 
products:

Multi Network Firewall -- The Multi Network Firewall is a comprehensive 
solution for deploying a complete network infrastructure, including 
Firewall, Internet gateway and Virtual Private Networking. MNF also 
provides smart Internet Traffic Management combined with an 
industrial-strength hardening system for the highest level of network 
security.

Corporate Server 2.1 -- The Mandrake Corporate Server 2.1 is a complete 
"all-in-one" enterprise solution that includes everything needed to 
rapidly deploy world-class Linux server applications throughout the 
enterprise. The Mandrake Corporate Server 2.1 is based on Mandrake 
Linux 9.0 and includes all currently available security updates & bug 
fixes. This comprehensive package is one of the most robust and modern 
server solutions available today.

Both products include complete enterprise support plans and software 
update services. Available now at MandrakeStore.

MandrakeClub members receive 15% off the purchase price of any of these two 
products for any orders placed before February 28th, 2003.


What's Cookin' at MandrakeSoft?
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New PPC Beta is available.
MandrakeSoft recently announced the release of Mandrake 9.1 PPC Beta2. 
This new Beta is roughly equivalent to x86's Beta3, but has been 
reduced to fit onto two CD's. ISO images are available at mirrors near 
you.

MandrakeSoft's Stew Benedict reports the following features:
  • Improved support for newer Radeon-based machines with included BenH based kernel and installer kernel (install-gui-benh)
  • KDE3.1, Gnome2
  • Latest XFree86
  • Most of the other great new stuff in Cooker
  • Working Drake tools

Stew also adds:
"Please give the beta a run-through and report any issues, either 
directly to me or through the normal channels of IRC, cooker-ppc mail 
list or bugzilla."

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On a related note, Andrew D. Balsa posts a nice review of PPC Beta1 at 
www.distrowatch.com:
"For the last few weeks I have been reporting on the development cycle 
of Mandrake 9.1. Then, the presence of an ISO image for Mandrake PPC 
9.1 Beta 1 piqued my curiosity, and some days later two ISO images for 
Mandrake PPC 9.1 Beta 2 were made available on the various Mandrake 
mirrors. [...] So without any extraordinary expectations, I decided to 
attempt the installation of this different flavour of Mandrake Linux. I 
was in for a few good surprises..."


Mandrake in the News
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DistroWatch.com -- Review of Mandrake Linux 9.1 Beta, Part 3.
"Andrew D. Balsa has been following the progress of Mandrake Linux 9.1 
and its hectic pace of development. In the first two articles of this 
series he described his initial impressions of both betas (part 1 - 
beta 1 and part 2 - beta 2) to give us the taste of things to come. In 
this third part he delves deeper. He investigates various ways to 
improve that desktop look - with anti-aliasing, true type fonts, menu 
and cursor shadows, desktop icons and KGamma colour calibration. All 
accompanied by suggestions to developers and some excellent new 
screenshots. Enjoy!"

Open-mag.com -- Multi Network Firewalls Made Easy: Mandrake leaves the 
crackers at the gates.
The online magazine 'Open' provides an informative discussion of Linux 
security and MandrakeSoft's recently released 'Multi Network Firewall':
"The rule wizards in MandrakeSecurity MNF greatly simplify matters by 
offering predefined services for dealing with e-mail, web, MySQL, and a 
host of other common services that might be offered on a server. This 
simplifies rule creation for common tasks to a simple two-step process. 
The first step is to create a rule by picking the interface and service 
to accept. The second step is to create a rule that routs that service 
from the firewall to the address of the appropriate server in the DMZ."


MandrakeClub
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New Applications Database for Club members.
MandrakeClub recently released a huge database of all software
packages that are currently available for Mandrake Linux. More than 
50,000 RPM packages -- over 100GBs of software (and still growing) -- 
is now available for all versions of Mandrake Linux. These programs 
include word processors, accounting packages, graphics apps, games, and 
utilities, and lots more. This is a "must use" tool for every Linux 
user who would like to add software to their Mandrake system.

RPM package votes making a difference.
Lead developer 'Warly' posts a partial list of new packages added to 
Beta 3 as a result of the MandrakeClub Package Voting system.

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


Business Case of the Week
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Computer Services: Moving From NT Server to Mandrake 9.0.
Chris Kirby, of Kirby Enterprises, was chosen to redesign a network for 
the RE/MAX real estate organization. At the time, their client had a 
network consisting of an NT 4.0 Server that served approximately 25 
Windows clients for file and print serving. Chris Kirby explains:
"We 
thought about buying a new Windows 2000 Server, but after realizing the 
OS and licensing costs, we chose to experiment with Linux. Mandrake has 
always been my favorite distribution for many reasons (thats another 
story). [...] So far, so good now with the new server, no problems yet. 
I will continue to use Mandrake from this point forward. I will also be 
happy to share my smb.conf with anyone who is interested."

For more examples of Mandrake in the workplace, see MandrakeBizCases.com.


Software Updates
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9.0 software updates have been released for:
  • util-linux -- provides stronger randomness in mcookie
  • postgresql -- fixes various buffer overflows
  • slocate -- fixes buffer overflow
  • kernel -- fixes a number of bugs
  • MySQL -- fixes DoS vulnerability
  • vim -- fix arbitrary command execution vulnerability

View the complete list at MandrakeSecure.net.


Headlines from MandrakeForum
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MandrakeForum and MandrakeClub join forces.
MandrakeClub.com is now the primary location for information and 
documentation related to Mandrake Linux, as well as a great place to 
meet for discussion about important Mandrake-related subjects.

Denis Havlik, webmaster of MandrakeForum and MandrakeClub, explains:
"For the past six months, MandrakeForum was maintained alongside 
MandrakeClub because we wanted to experiment [with] a dedicated website 
for paying members while continuing to provide forum members with an 
entirely free website. Now the experiment has matured, so there's no 
need to maintain two community websites. MandrakeClub [now] offers 
everything that MandrakeForum did plus many additional features that 
we've implemented over the past year."

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