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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #9

Aug 14, 2001, 12:03 (4 Talkback[s])

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*********************************************************************** 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. Product News ---------------------------------------- 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 Observations. 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 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 FAQ. To participate as a beta tester, please subscribe to the PPC mailing list by sending an email to sympa@linux-mandrake.com 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: http://www.MandrakeBizCases.com/ 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!! Already returned. Nope, I am married to my work Nope, I am unemployed. Nope, I am retired. Nope, I am a slave. Vacation? 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. AppWatch: Replace. 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 his up. Read these and other stories at: http://www.mandrakeforum.com/ ---------------------------------------- Would you like to subscribe to the weekly Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter? Please visit the website and enter your email address under the "Keep in touch" heading on the right side of the page.