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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #81

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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter

Issue #81 Thursday, 10 July 2003

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 -- CEO Message about MandrakeSoft's Status
  • Product Announcements -- Mandrake Linux 9.1 available on HP desktop PCs; The 'Definitive Guide to Using Mandrake Linux' 2nd Edition released; MandrakeSoft introduces "MandrakeClustering"
  • Mandrake in the News -- Slashdot.org; HP.com; New Zealand Herald
  • BizCase of the Week -- Construction/Mining: Intellimation uses Mandrake on 75% of servers
  • Software Updates -- unzip, xpdf, ethereal, more
  • Headlines from MandrakeClub.com
  • Dutch Newsletter Translation Now Available

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Top Story

Message from CEO about MandrakeSoft's Status MandrakeSoft CEO François Bancilhon provides an important announcement to all users, customers and partners:

"Many of our customers, users, contributors and partners have been asking about our status since MandrakeSoft applied for Chapter 11 protection at the beginning of the year. So, I would like to take this opportunity to update you on our current situation and my beliefs for the future."

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Product Announcements

Mandrake Linux 9.1 is available on HP desktop PCs "HP announced today an affordable, high-quality desktop PC for small and medium businesses (SMB): the HP Compaq Business Desktop d220 Microtower, which offers a choice for operating system between Windows or Mandrake Linux 9.1. It's the first time that an industry leader publicly announces the availability of Linux on a desktop PC.

This is the result of a worldwide agreement between MandrakeSoft and HP. The Mandrake Linux 9.1 operating system is now available on a complete range of HP desktop PCs. This includes (or will include) the following machines: HP Compaq 220, HP Compaq 230, HP Compaq 325, HP Compaq D330 and HP Compaq D530."

The 'Definitive Guide to Using Mandrake Linux' 2nd Edition has been released "As a follow-up to the successful first edition of 'The Definitive Guide to Using Mandrake Linux 9.0', MandrakeSoft announces the immediate availability of a new '2nd Edition' which has been thoroughly updated and expanded to cover the recently released Mandrake Linux 9.1.

'The Definitive Guide to Using Mandrake Linux' contains everything needed to install, understand, and use this popular Linux distribution. Perfect for computer users who are new to Linux, as well as for experts who need quality reference documentation, this new edition of 'The Definitive Guide to Using Mandrake Linux' is available now for pre-order at MandrakeStore.com."

MandrakeSoft introduces "MandrakeClustering" -- a complete HPC solution "Continuing a long tradition of simplifying the use of Linux for an extensive range of tasks, MandrakeSoft today introduces a new product in the field of supercomputing: 'MandrakeClustering'. Designed to meet the high-demands of clustering solutions inside research laboratories and other compute-intensive industries, MandrakeClustering is provided as a complete solution, which includes the software product plus various support options."

Mandrake in the News

Slashdot.org -- MandrakeSoft's Status Update The popular weblog discusses:
"MandrakeSoft today posted an update letter from its CEO about the company's health. Among other things, it's interesting to learn that the company seems to be on the good track to go out of the 'chapter-11 protection' before the end of the year, that it's taking part to several publicly-funded research projects, and that Mandrake 9.1 is having a good success. They also thank for the warm support they received from the community. Worth a read for all Mandrake fans, like myself. Viva la Mandrake!"

HP.com --HP Delivers Affordable, Reliable Microtower PC to Small- and Medium-sized Businesses
"HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced an affordable, high-quality desktop PC for small- and medium-sized business (SMB) customers: the HP Compaq Business Desktop d220 Microtower."

The New Zealand Herald -- Praise the PC god and Linux open-source apostles, I'm a believer
The IT Director of the New Zealand Herald receives a welcome surprise when volunteers at a local 'Install Fest' install Mandrake on his PC:

"I was amazed by the number of applications that came with the installation. So many that I felt spoiled for choice. Not only could I choose the graphical interface - from odd names such as KDE, Gnome and IceWM - but there was also a sea of applications. Word processors, spreadsheets, imaging software and just about anything else you could think of was installed to explore - all for free. It's quite liberating to try out three different web browsers - Galeon, Konqueror, or Mozilla - until you find one you like. I think I'm becoming a believer."

Business Case of the Week

Construction/Mining: Intellimation uses Mandrake on 75% of servers Intellimation is a Johnson Controls - Authorized Building Controls Specialist. They perform design, planning, installation and commissioning of HVAC, Fire and Security control systems. Chad Vogelsong, the network/systems administrator, writes:

"Mandrake is used on 75% of our servers company-wide. It is also used on several user machines for development & everyday use. [...] We have 40+ employee's and 4 servers."

They use Mandrake Linux for:

  1. Firewall / Router / Gateway - iptables
  2. File / Print Server - samba / nfs
  3. Groupware - phpgroupware
  4. FTP - proftpd
  5. Backup - tar / samba / nfs
  6. Web Server - apache (advanced extranet)
  7. CD burning - cdrecord / eroaster / web based gui
  8. VPN - FreeS/WAN
  9. DNS - bind
  10. SSH - sshd
  11. Database - mysql

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

Software Updates

9.1 software updates have been released for:
  • unzip -- fixes vulnerability
  • xpdf -- fixes arbitrary code execution vulnerability
  • ethereal -- fixes multiple vulnerabilities
  • reiserfsprogs -- fixes bugs and provides enhancements
  • initscripts -- fixes boot loader detection

View the complete list at MandrakeSecure.net.

Headlines from MandrakeClub.com

Write better PHP code (4 & 5) In the fourth and fifth installments of Deno's ongoing series of PHP articles, he discusses how to optimize PHP code, and offers ways to make a site proxy-friendly, thereby lowering the bandwidth requirements:

Discount Summary! Stéphane Gustin -- now in charge of 'MandrakeClub Customer Care' -- contributes his first article about the current discounts available to Club members:

Configuring and using MIDI with Mandrake Linux Deno posts an article written by Larry Short that explains how to get MIDI up and running on a Mandrake Linux system: "Contrary to popular opinion, MIDI is neither dead, nor obsoleted by combination of big hard discs and mp3/ogg file format. Apart from the size argument (MIDI sound files can easily be 100x smaller than mp3/ogg equivalents!), there is another and IMO much more important reason to assure MIDI works: there is practically no way to actually produce (as opposed to passively listen to) any music on your computer without MIDI support."

Read these and other stories at MandrakeClub.com.

Dutch Community Newsletter Edition now available

Reinout van Schouwen has generously volunteered to translate the Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter into Dutch. If you prefer to receive the next newsletter in Dutch, please select the appropriate link at the bottom of this page.

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