Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #7
Jul 24, 2001, 12:00 (3 Talkback[s])
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
[ Thanks to Phil
Lavigna for this link. ]
Monday, 23 July 2001 Welcome to the Mandrake Linux Community
Newsletter -- dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with the latest
Mandrake-related news & info.
This Week's Summary: CNET analysis of MandrakeSoft's IPO; PPC
"Release Candidate" available soon; Spotlight on the Clara OCR Free
Software project; Business Case of the Week; Security-related
software updates; MandrakeForum headlines.
Mandrake in the News ----------------------------------------
CNET provides an analysis of MandrakeSoft's Initial Public
Offering: -- French Linux company braves IPO
waters -- "When I look at the consolidation of the Linux
market, I think MandrakeSoft is one of the few companies that will
survive, even though Red Hat has become the de facto standard for
What's Cooking at MandrakeSoft?
---------------------------------------- Mandrake Linux PPC
"Release Candidate" available soon. The final Mandrake
Linux PPC beta will soon be released; this is your last chance to
test this new port of Mandrake Linux 8.0 and report any bugs and/or
suggestions. The Release Candidate contains the following changes
from the previous beta: * Improved modem detection. * Reworked CD
boot scheme to accommodate newer machines. * Post-install X
configuration via XFdrake. * Reworked installer to accommodate
"OldWorld" machines and alternate bootloader setups. * Reworked
installer to accommodate complicated partition map setups. *
Security updates. * Added kernel 2.4.4 with PPC specific patches
for video drivers. * Patched xmms for wave/mp3 files. * Many other
changes based on Beta user feedback.
For information on how to get involved, please see the PPC Beta
Spotlight on the Clara OCR Free Software
project ---------------------------------------- One of the many
exciting Free Software projects that MandrakeSoft sponsors is Clara
OCR. Clara OCR is a free (GPL) Optical Character Recognition
program for Linux/Unix. It features a powerful GUI and a web
interface for cooperative digitalization of printed materials.
Clara OCR development started in 1999 and is approaching production
Everyone is invited to test Clara OCR and participate in the
project. To learn more about Clara OCR, please visit the website at
where you can view screenshots, read the FAQ and online tutorial.
announcement page is also available.
Business Case of the Week
---------------------------------------- "Mandrake is
becoming a consultant's dream." A computer consultant
recommends Mandrake Linux to his clients for gateways, DNS, email,
web, FTP and database duties: "Every site that called me with a
problem today was running IIS+Windows on their LAN and had
contracted the Code Red Worm. I have sites still running their
original Mandrake 6.0 installation (plus updates), and they only
ever call me for problems with the few remaining Windows
workstations on their LAN, or for hardware failures."
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
Tripwire and OpenSSL. See the
entire list at:
Top Stories of the Week from MandrakeForum
---------------------------------------- Ximian Gnome for
Mandrake 8.0. A reader writes: "Does anyone know the
status of Ximian Gnome and Mandrake 8.0? I have been watching
Ximian's web site and they said that a port was being worked on. I
have also seen messages over the last couple of months with no
replies. Is this a project that Mandrake is working on or is it low
on the list for the Ximian folks?"
MandrakeSoft IPO confirmed. Jacques Le Marois
(CEO of MandrakeSoft) makes an important announcement: "I am proud
to announce that we have received the "Visa COB" yesterday evening
to go public on the French Marché Libre. We will be listed
on the market July 30th. Mandrakesoft will be the first Linux
company listed in Europe on a public market."
IDE-RAID for Mandrake 8.0. A user asks for
advice about IDE-RAID controllers that work with Mandrake 8.0.
Civileme responds with some helpful tips & links, and several
users share their experiences.
How would YOU advertise Linux for the Desktop?
Putting Linux on a server instead of windows is a "no-brainer": a
Linux box will provide everything that a Windows box can, and more,
for a fraction of cost and no one except the system administrator
knows what runs on a server machine anyway. But, how would YOU make
people switch over from Windows to Linux?
APT vs. URPMI article at Linux.com. Linux.com
provides a brief article comparing the software package management
applications URPMI and APT. It's worth reading, if for nothing else
than the description of the "auto-select" feature of urpmi.
Fun with regular expressions. "It's dark and
rainy day, and Civileme just came for a "bug-reports" chat before
Cider-bust party. As usually, this brought up some really weird
facts, and I'm sure you are going to LOVE this one:"
Which Mandrake product should be used for a
server? An anonymous user writes "I am setting up an
Internet server that will act as a web, ftp, smtp, etc server and I
was curious as to which Mandrake product would work best for this."
Ad blocker for Linux??? Several readers submit
very good ideas for blocking advertisements while surfing the Web.
Windows2000/NT and Mandrake 8.0 on the same
disk. Users describe how to manage two, three, and even
four operating systems on the same PC.
Read these and other stories at: http://www.mandrakeforum.com/
Latest headlines from the Linux-Mandrake Demo & Tutorial
Center ---------------------------------------- A tutorial about
the Mandrake Software Manager has been translated
into Spanish and is now available: http://www.linux-mandrake.com/es/demos/Spotlight/SoftwareMgr/
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