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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #82

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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter

Issue #82 Thursday, 31 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 -- Mandrake 9.2 Beta 1 Released
  • Financial Corner -- Consolidated results for first-half 2002/2003
  • MandrakeClub -- Special Offer on Crossover Office
  • Updated 9.1 Manuals Available Online
  • Business Case of the Week -- Almost Everything on Mandrake
  • Software Updates -- kernel, mpg123, phpgroupware, more
  • Headlines from MandrakeClub

This week's sponsor: Thawte -- "It's a trust thing"

Top Story

Mandrake 9.2 Beta 1 Released.
Mandrake Linux 9.2 Beta 1 has arrived to offer you the opportunity of summertime bug squashing. Join forces with the Mandrake Development team by installing the Beta then submitting bug reports. Remember: This release is for testing purposes only and is not suitable for production machines. Learn all the details.

Sponsor of the week - Please have a look!

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Financial Corner

Consolidated results for the first half year 2002/2003. Strong reduction in operating losses; since January 2003 MandrakeSoft is cash-flow positive. Read the complete announcement.


MandrakeSoft has negotiated a special offer with CodeWeavers -- the producer of Crossover Office -- just for Club members: If you desire to run Windows applications without Microsoft Windows at all, then 'CrossOver Office' is the ideal solution for you. CrossOver Office lets you run many popular applications including Microsoft Office XP, 2000 and 97, Microsoft Outlook, Access, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Visio, Lotus Notes, Quicken (and more) without the need to run Windows or even own a Microsoft Operating System license!
  • Download from MandrakeClub.com a fully functional RPM package of CrossOver Office so you can try the product for free
  • Purchase CrossOver Office for only $44.95 USD (a $10 USD discount)

Finally, last chance to purchase Win4lin 5.0 at a special MandrakeClub price. Win4Lin is one of the most cost-effective and stable solutions for running Windows applications in Linux, and it works better than ever with Mandrake Linux. Pick up your own copy of Win4lin 5.0 for only $59.99 (electronic license) or $69.99 (boxed edition). This special offer has been extended until August 8th 2003.

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

Mandrake Linux 9.1 Documentation

Updated 9.1 manuals are available online. Visit the Mandrake website for links to electronic versions of documentation which details the Installation and usage of a Mandrake Linux 9.1 system.

Choose from:

  • Quick Startup Guide (PDF & HTML)
  • Starter Manual (PDF & HTML)
  • Command-Line Basics (PDF & HTML)

Available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Russian.

Business Case of the Week

Almost Everything on Mandrake. The Monolithic Dome Institute uses Mandrake Linux for their webserver, mail server, firewall, and three workstations. Their online newspaper receives 50,000 visitors every month and runs on Mandrake 9.0 & PHP-Nuke from Contribs.

"Next year, I plan to switch everything over to Mandrake. A new fileserver, print server, and switching every desktop over to Mandrake. We will only have one or two computers left on Windows, the rest will be Mandrake: 50 stations."

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

Software Updates

9.1 software updates have been released for:
  • kernel -- fixes multiple vulnerabilities
  • mpg123 -- fixes vulnerability
  • phpgroupware -- fixes multiple vulnerabilities
  • xpdf -- fixes arbitrary code execution vulnerability
  • nfs-utils -- fixes buffer overflow
  • apache2 -- fixes multiple vulnerabilities

View the complete list at MandrakeSecure.net.

Headlines from MandrakeClub.com

Undercover beta program? "Warly was about to collapse from hunger, so I had to let him go, but ISOs are available on all the usual mirrors, so go ahead and give them a try. Have fun, and don't forget to put protective gloves when handling these ISOs: they are really hot."

Ready for some [more] beta-testing? Deno has a few more weeks left as a MandrakeSoft employee. He promised to clean up the code at MandrakeClub.com before leaving, and asks for your help to test it:

LDAP and Samba articles on MandrakeSecure. Vincent Danen writes: "In the last month three new articles have appeared on MandrakeSecure. The first is an updated revision of the "Using LDAP for Authentication" article I wrote a year ago, with more information on how to do the job. The other two articles, written by Jim Collings and Buchan Milne, deal more with Samba and it's relationship to using LDAP for authentication, and goes into more detail about PDC's and BDC's, disconnected authentication, and LDAP replication. All three articles are a must read for anyone interested in and looking at using LDAP for authentication, be it for Linux-only use or Linux/Windows."

Read these and other stories at MandrakeClub.com.

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