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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #13

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*********************************************************************** Issue #13 Monday, 10 September 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: New MandrakeExpert Support Center is Open; MandrakeSoft Stock-buying Tip; Cooker Weekly News Summary; Mandrake 8.1 Beta 3 Released; What's a "Raklet"?; Business Case of the Week; MandrakeForum Headlines; What's New at MandrakeUser.org? Product News ---------------------------------------- The MandrakeExpert "Version 2" Support Center is now open for business! The MandrakeExpert online support site has been upgraded and now offers two levels of support: * Community-based support provided for free by the Linux community * Premium Support offered by MandrakeSoft and Affiliate Experts. With the introduction of MandrakeExpert V2, users now have the option to purchase support "per incident" or with a subscription plan (one, three or six months) and with it, receive a guaranteed response from MandrakeSoft, or its Affiliate Experts, within a defined timeframe. Special Offer -- During the launch of MandrakeExpert V2, MandrakeSoft is doubling the length of subscriptions for a limited time ($20 for two months, $50 for six months, or $90 for twelve months). For more info please read the official announcement, then be sure to visit the MandrakeExpert website. Financial Corner ---------------------------------------- After receiving feedback from MandrakeSoft investors, many people recommend "VMS-Keytrade". VMS-Keytrade is Belgium's largest online broker; they make it easy to trade MandrakeSoft stock from most locations worldwide. Just visit their web site, open an account by printing & completing a form, then start trading - it's that easy. If you've purchased MandrakeSoft stock from a broker that you'd like to recommend, please send the details to Jennifer Miller at jmiller@mandrakesoft.com so we can pass on the tip to other potential MandrakeSoft investors. Be a partner with MandrakeSoft by becoming a shareholder. It's important that MandrakeSoft stock remains in the hands of people who share our focus, priorities, and who understand the value of Free Software. Remember: a company that is 60% owned by Mandrake users can be quite different than if 60% owned by financial investors. Cooker Weekly News Summary ---------------------------------------- The September 3rd edition of the Mandrake Cooker Weekly News discusses the current status of Cooker: "In order to stabilize the current cooker to create the new Mandrake Linux 8.1, new versions and features are banned from cooker. This is to test and debug as much as possible, before the fork between a new Cooker, which will be the development version for the next Mandrake Linux version, and stable 8.1, that is likely to be finished by the end of September." "Additionally, more than 800 updates/releases of packages were included between August, 24th and September, 3rd in Cooker!" Read the current online version or subscribe by sending an email to sympa@linux-mandrake.com with the words "subscribe cooker-mcwn" (no quotes) in the subject line. What's Cooking at MandrakeSoft? ---------------------------------------- Mandrake 8.1 Beta 3 "Raklet" now available for download & testing. Beta 3 of the upcoming Mandrake Linux 8.1 "Raklet" has hit the mirrors. This is most likely the final beta before the "Release Candidate", so now is your chance to get an early look at the upcoming Mandrake Linux 8.1 and report any bugs and/or problems. With your help, Mandrake 8.1 can be the best release ever. Please see http://www.linux-mandrake.com/en/81beta3.php3 for a list of changes & improvements since the previous beta, and learn about the many new features. To participate as a beta tester, please download the files, then install & test on your machine and report any bugs. Also, please subscribe to the Cooker mailing list by sending an email to sympa@linux-mandrake.com with the words "SUB cooker" (no quotes) in the subject of your message to report and discuss any problems. What's a "Raklet"? ---------------------------------------- Several people have inquired about the name of the Mandrake 8.1 Beta -- "Raklet" (or raclette). Raclette is melted cheese that is poured over various food items, such as potatoes and meat, to create a meal. Beta testers of Mandrake 8.1 can view the MandrakeSoft developers enjoying this popular French dish during software package installation. Visit a special section of the MandrakeSoft website to take a look at the developers breaking-in a new Raclette grill. Business Case of the Week ---------------------------------------- Software development house switches from SourceSafe to Mandrake/CVS. "We had an initial trial period where we installed Mandrake on an old PII 233. We immediately recognized the huge benefits of using CVS (multiple developers working on the same file at the same time, very advanced tagging/branching/merging, point in time recovery, comprehensive logs, diffs over time by developer etc...) and installed a production instance of Mandrake on a Proliant 1600.... Today we are migrating all of our source control for all of our projects over to Mandrake/CVS." Read many more examples of Mandrake Linux in the workplace at MandrakeBizCases.com If you use MandrakeSoft products in your business, please share your story by submitting your own personal "Bizcase". Top Stories of the Week from MandrakeForum ---------------------------------------- How to move a web site to a new server? Denis is back from vacation and he's got plans to move the MandrakeForum website to another server. He asks: "How can I move a server from one place to another with minimal downtime?" and receives some very good suggestions. What will be [left] out of 8.1 compared to 8.1b2? andresrc asks: "I've been testing 8.1b2 this weekend and [it] looks really fine: my problem is that there are some things missing (kernel-sources, for example, so I can't compile nvidia kernel module :) ) and the two CDs are completely full. - What will be [left] out of the final compared to this beta?" The answer is quite simple: 8.1final will consist of three CDs. To reduce download time, it's been decided to 'shrink' the Beta to two CDs. You can download the rest, like the kernel-sources package, from a Cooker mirror of your choice. 8.1 will contain about 1500 packages. Mandrake Linux 8.0 PPC - First Impressions. Tom owns one of those funky Apple "Cubes" and gives his impressions of the Mandrake Linux 8.0 PPC version. From ext2 to ext3 in 4 easy steps. Mandrake 8.1 will offer the "ext3" journalized file system in addition to ReiserFS, so this next story is very timely: Linegod writes: I've posted up a quick article on converting your file systems from ext2 to ext3. Extremely short, since it is extremely simple. Still have a problem with '/', but actively looking for a solution. Read these and other stories at MandrakeForum.com What's New at MandrakeUser.org? ---------------------------------------- Do you use Mandrake on a laptop? If so, please contribute to the "Mandrake Laptop Files" by completing a brief survey. The Mandrake Laptop Files is a growing database of laptop models which have been proven to work successfully with Mandrake Linux. IRC News Bot On #mandrake Damien has installed a news bot on #mandrake on irc.openprojects.net, called 'petite'. This bot will display news from Mandrake web sites, starting out with this site. Visit the channel and type !news -h for help. Thanks dam's :-) New Offline Archive. Tom Berger (the webmaster of MandrakeUser.org) has released a new offline version of the website. You can get it via the Download page at: MandrakeUser.org hosts a huge database of information for users of the Mandrake distribution. The website offers a searchable interface for documentation, and a user's bulletin board. ----------------------------------------