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Linux-Mandrake community newsletter -- Issue #5

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                    L I N U X  -  M A N D R A K E

            C O M M U N I T Y      N E W S L E T T E R

                   Issue #5    Monday, 2 July 2001


This Week's Summary: MandrakeSecurity now shipping; AOL Mandrake?; Mandrake
Cooker Weekly News summary; Spotlight on PHP-Nuke; Security-related software
updates; MandrakeForum headlines; new networking tutorials at MandrakeUser.org

Product News
MandrakeSecurity manuals are now shipping.
Previously only available for pre-order, the official manuals are now
shipping with the MandrakeSecurity retail packs (400 page manual + 2CDs).
MandrakeSecurity (a.k.a. Single Network Firewall) is a specialized
distribution developed as a Firewall/Router that is configurable via a secure
web interface. See the complete list of features at

MandrakeSecurity is available for purchase at MandrakeStore:

MandrakeSecurity can also be downloaded from many FTP sites:

Mandrake in the News
AOL Mandrake?
osOpinion.com has an interesting, though possibly "tongue-in-cheek", article
about what it might be like if MandrakeSoft and America Online combined
efforts to create a Linux distribution:
"AOL, working in partnership with Linux-Mandrake, could produce a scaled-down
version of the OS branded specifically for AOL, but with an interface
redesigned to be similar to AOL 6. With so many excellent open-source
applications available and pre-installed on Mandrake, AOLinux would have a
range of functionally that people come to expect on a Windows machine."

Ask Slashdot -- Debian's apt-get vs Mandrake's urpmi?
This week's "Ask Slashdot" question originally asked for comparisons between
*Mandrake's* apt-get and urpmi utilities, but unfortunately the discussion
quickly turned into a Debian vs. Mandrake shouting match.

What's Cooking at MandrakeSoft?
This week's Mandrake Cooker Weekly News discusses many new packages that have
been added to Cooker, including several updated system utilities, some cool
new games, and KOffice 1.1 Beta3.

Read the complete online version at http://mt.mandrake.org/mcwn/
or subscribe by sending an email to sympa@linux-mandrake.com with the words
"subscribe cooker-mcwn" (no quotes) in the subject line.

Spotlight on the PHP-Nuke Open Source project
One of the many exciting Open Source projects that MandrakeSoft sponsors is
PHP-Nuke. If you aren't familiar with this application, you see it every time
you visit the MandrakeForum.com discussion board. PHP-Nuke uses the MySQL
database & Apache Web server to create interactive web sites. Although there
are similar projects such as Slash, PHPweblog, PHPSlash and others, PHP-Nuke
was designed to be very customizable, flexible, easy to use, and focused on
the webmasters who spend hours administrating their web sites. The developers
of PHP-Nuke are also proud to offer a large number of features not present on
other systems, such as support for 22 languages. And best of all -- it's free
and under the GPL license.

Learn more about PHP-Nuke at http://phpnuke.org.

Business Case of the Week
Score Supermarkets - Intranet, automation and desktop.
Score Supermarkets specialize in providing retail services to poorly serviced
and disadvantaged communities throughout Southern Africa; Linux is crucial to
help keep the margins as low as possible.
Linux-Mandrake 7.2 is used for the Intranet Web server and Postfix mail
server; ProFTP provides the medium for stores to upload/download reports,
price lists and information. File sharing, domain control, as well as user
back-up automation is provided by a server running Mandrake Linux 8.0 and
Samba 2.2.0.

Read many more examples of Mandrake Linux in the workplace at:

If you use MandrakeSoft products in your business, please share your story by
submitting your own personal "Bizcase".

Software Updates
Security-related software updates have been released for kdelibs, GTK+, Samba
and ImageMagick. See the entire list at:

Top Stories of the Week from MandrakeForum

XFree86 4.1.0 boosts ATI Radeon support!
The Duke of URL has a review of XFree 4.1 (yup, that's the one which is
included in latest MandrakeFreq). Support for many modern video cards has
been improved; most notably, the ATI Radeon gets a big boost.

New KOffice Version in Cooker.
"Though this release is a beta, it constitutes the most stable and
feature-complete release of KOffice to date. The KOffice team encourages all
users of earlier KOffice releases to upgrade to KOffice 1.1beta3. In
particular, this release is substantially more stable and feature-complete
than KOffice 1.0, which was released together with KDE 2.0 in October 2000."

Upgrading Mandrake 8.
A user asks for opinions about upgrading Mandrake 8 with packages from
Cooker. "I've heard several improved sets of packages recently, including
Galeon 0.110, Mozilla 0.9.1, and XMMS." Are development packages a good idea
to install on a stable workstation?

Ideal bash prompt.
Tom continues his series of tutorials with some tips on the ever-popular
"bash" terminal. "The bash prompt has not changed much since Linux started.
Since I use Linux, I have always changed the bash prompt to one that I like."

MandrakeSoft's IPO.
Deno responds to an often asked question: "Yes, we are working on an IPO. At
the moment, we are waiting for the approval of the official agreement from
the French regulatory authorities, which means that I can't give you any
details about the IPO yet... In the meantime, I'll try to answer one
important question."

Running Windows On Linux.
Until plex86 and WINE come along, one has to rely on proprietary solutions
for running Windows applications on Linux. There are two main competitors in
this market: VMWare and Win4Lin by NeTraverse. What are your experiences with
these products? Do you prefer one of them, and why?

24/7 Support for Linux Mandrake via IRC
Tim Dickerson writes: "I would just like to let everyone know that they can
obtain real time support 24/7 on IRC for the Linux Mandrake systems... So
spread the word and lets all help this gain some support."
Server: irc.openprojects.net
Channel: #mandrake

Read these and other stories at: http://www.mandrakeforum.com/

Latest headlines from MandrakeUser.org
Tom has two new articles at MUO:
1) NFS, the Network File System, is the protocol of choice when it comes to
filesharing between machines running Linux or other variants of Unix. Here's
how to set it up.

2) Anonymous FTP with ProFTP -- This article will show you how to setup
ProFTPd as an anonymous upload/download server without it being turned into a
warez relay.

Check out MUOs "Connectivity" section for more tutorials on Networking topics.


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