Issue #9 Tuesday, 14 August 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: MandrakeFreq #3 now available for purchase &
download; Black and White Mandrake T-shirts now shipping; Mandrake in
the News; PPC "Release Candidate" available for download and testing;
Mandrake Cooker in "feature freeze"; Business Case of the Week; This
Week's online poll; Top Stories from MandrakeForum.
MandrakeFreq #3 now available.
Interested in keeping up-to-date with the latest Kernel, KDE, Evolution
and Nautilus? Get MandrakeFreq #3!
MandrakeFreq is for power users who like to stay on the "cutting edge"
and run the latest software on their Mandrake Linux system. Although
MandrakeFreq is tested for obvious bugs, we do not guarantee the same
high quality of the standard releases; therefore, MandrakeSoft does not
officially support MandrakeFreq.
This third release is based on Mandrake Linux 8.0 and the new 2.4.6
version of the Kernel. Click here for all the details.
Buy a MandrakeFreq CD and support your distributor!
MandrakeFreq can also be downloaded via FTP.
Black Mandrake Linux T-shirts now shipping.
Pick up your black or white classic T-shirts for $19 US ea. + $10 US
shipping & handling.
Classic short sleeve T-shirts, 170 g, 100% cotton with three color
printing on the back.
Mandrake in the News
SystemLogic.net -- WindowsXP Vs. Linux Mandrake: Some Aesthetic
A writer points out some interesting parallels between Windows XP and
Mandrake Linux that he discovered while installing WinXP on his PC:
"The first thing that popped up that made me think about this parallel
during the set up was the Network Connection Wizard built into the tail
end of the set up process. Of course, XP being as new as it is, has a
very large database of native drivers for NICs, so odds are that XP is
going to find your NIC while it's installing itself on the PC...much
like Mandrake 8.0 currently does."
Slashdot also held a discussion on this same topic:
What's Cooking at MandrakeSoft?
Mandrake Linux PPC "Release Candidate" now available.
The final Mandrake Linux PPC beta is now available for downloading;
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
* 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 FAQ.
To participate as a beta tester, please subscribe to the PPC mailing
list by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words
"SUB cooker-ppc" in the body of the message.
The Mandrake Cooker is now in a period called "feature freeze" --
during this period no new packages are added to Cooker, only bug fixes
are worked on in preparation for the upcoming 8.1 Beta cycle.
Business Case of the Week
Devine Entertainment Corp. and Mandrake 8.0.
"We're a small but successful film company here in Toronto (5 Emmy's
and counting!) with about 10 regular users on 10 workstations (8
desktop, 2 laptop). I've been using Mandrake since September of 2000,
and it was my first foray into the world of Linux OS. Prior to this
I've used Windows 9.x which we regularly use on our workstations here."
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".
This Week's online poll
Are you taking a summer vacation?
Yes, and how!!
Nope, I am married to my work
Nope, I am unemployed.
Nope, I am retired.
Nope, I am a slave.
Cast your vote in the Voting Booth and check the results at:
Top Stories of the Week from MandrakeForum
Hidden Treasures: Fun With sed.
Tom continues his series of tips with 'sed' (the Stream EDitor):
"sed is a seasoned veteran among the Unix tools and can be used to do
some neat things with text.
Mozilla 0.9.3 Available On Cooker.
The latest release of the Open Source browser Mozilla is now available
as a Cooker package.
WebWatch: Security For DSL [and cable] Users.
Tom provides a nice selection of links that explain basic security
terms, listing the most common threats and what to do about them.
Tom writes: "'replace' replaces one or more strings with others in one
or more text or binary files or from standard input . In fact it's the
only tool I know of which allows you to do text replacements in Linux
fairly easy (I can't do Perl, so shoot me)."
What Updates Get Tested?
Civileme, the Q & A Team Leader, describes some of the work that goes
on behind the scenes in Quality and Assurance.
How I Got An HP OfficeJet G55 Working In Mandrake 8.0.
The G55 is an integrated printer/scanner; people generally think that
these devices do not work under Linux but conman describes how he set
Read these and other stories at: http://www.mandrakeforum.com/
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