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PR: MandrakeSoft Announces Availability of Mandrake Linux 8.2 Retail Packs

Apr 22, 2002, 13:00 (2 Talkback[s])

Altadena, CA - April 22, 2002 - MandrakeSoft (http://mandrakesoft.com) today announced the availability of the boxed versions of Mandrake Linux 8.2 through a number of retail outlets worldwide and also online from http://www.mandrakestore.com. The latest release of MandrakeSoft's popular operating system marks a new step in addressing the special needs of enterprise users while continuing to ease the adoption of Linux by all. Mandrake Linux 8.2 for PowerPack and ProSuite are the first Linux distributions to include StarOffice 6.0, the new office suite, which is compatible with Microsoft Office documents. Customers are provided with three packaged versions of Mandrake Linux 8.2 to choose from: ProSuite ($149.99), PowerPack ($69.99) and Standard ($39.99). OEM versions, targeted at hardware manufacturers, are due out later this month.

Mandrake Linux 8.2 is the best "all-in-one" solution for saving time and money with personal computers: installation couldn't be easier with MandrakeSoft's world-famous graphical installer, and no post-configuration hassles means that every MandrakeSoft system is immediately ready for work or for play. Depending on the user's requirements, Mandrake Linux 8.2 can be installed as a full-featured & powerful Linux server, or as a highly productive personal workstation.

"Mandrake Linux has long been the preferred Linux distribution for individuals, but Mandrake Linux 8.2 marks a new step in our penetration of the corporate environment. The features and unparalleled ease of use make 8.2 an incredibly efficient and affordable alternative to UNIX and Windows 2000" said Jacques Le Marois, CEO of MandrakeSoft.

New server features include the ability to use an encrypted filesystem for protecting sensitive data; "kernel-secure" adds important security features to the default Linux kernel; and an "Enterprise" kernel delivers SMP (Symmetric Multi Processing) and Hi-memory support (above 1024 MB) for high-end servers. Mandrake Linux 8.2 also introduces a quick and efficient way to set up printers and scanners; a new file sharing feature for easily sharing files and directories in a networked environment; and improved "hot-plug" support that lets users install new devices quickly and painlessly without having to reboot the system. A new remote desktop utility, RFBdrake, is extremely useful for controlling machines remotely within a LAN or securely through the Internet (works with Linux/Unix systems and with Windows 2000/XP "Window Terminal Services"). The reworked version of MSEC, a system for configuring the security level of a machine (Standard, High, Highest, Paranoid) is more powerful than ever.

New desktop features include a completely redesigned Mandrake Control Center that serves as a central location for MandrakeSoft-specific tools and utilities, as well as many new configuration wizards. Desktop users will appreciate the task-oriented menus in GNOME and KDE, which greatly simplify locating applications by categorizing them into common "tasks". MandrakeFirstTime is an easy-to-use wizard that helps setup a desktop environment (KDE, GNOME, etc.), choose a theme and configure email settings. DrakNet, the Internet connection and network utility, efficiently helps users configure all types of network connections, from common dial-up modems to DSL and cable connections. Also included are the latest stable versions of KDE and GNOME which both offer some great new features and applications such as anti-aliased fonts and Evolution (an Outlook-like email client and personal information manager).

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