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Mandrake Linux 8.1 for IA64 Is Available

Dec 03, 2001, 23:08 (6 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Kadjo for the press release. ]

MandrakeSoft announces the immediate availability of Mandrake Linux 8.1 for Intel Itanium Architecture. The Itanium 64-bit architecture is a high-performance platform commonly used for servers and highly demanding business software, such as large database, ERM/CRM applications or advanced computing.

With Mandrake Linux 8.1 for Itanium-based architecture, MandrakeSoft is proud to provide businesses with a robust and scalable Linux solution for high performance computing.

Mandrake Linux 8.1 for Itanium has been fully tested with numerous HP, IBM and Bull configurations. This new release offers the same features as Mandrake Linux 8.1, but has been optimized for the IA64 architecture.

"By providing a complete and easy-to-use server operating system for the powerful IA64 platform, MandrakeSoft is positioning itself more and more as a leading participant in high-end computing", said Jacques Le Marois, CEO of MandrakeSoft.

Supported hardware (tested):

  • HP RX4610 server
  • HP i2000 workstation
  • IBM xSeries 380
  • Bull Escala IL 400R

Supported SCSI Raid cards (tested):

  • HP NetRaid 1M
  • HP NetRaid 2M
  • IBM ServeRAID 4H
Featured software:
  • Linux kernel 2.4.8 with support for 3 journalized file systems: Ext3, ReiserFS, XFS
  • Glibc 2.2.4 - GNU LibC
  • GCC 2.96 and GCC 3.0.2 - GNU Compilers
  • GNOME 1.4.1 and KDE 2.2.1 - Full featured Graphical Environments
  • 64-bit enabled JVM
  • Native port of Mozilla 0.9.4 - The Web Navigator.
  • Mpich 1.2.2 - A robust and flexible implementation of MPI (Message Passing Interface)
  • OpenSSH 2.9.9p2 - Encrypted network connections
  • Samba 2.2.1a - File/Print server for Windows
  • Sympa 3.2.1 - Mailing-list manager

In addition to the above software, Mandrake 8.1 for IA64 provides most of the same features as the main distribution such as:

  • MandrakeSoft's world-famous user-friendly tools:
    • Mandrake Control Center, the one-stop location to set-up and administer systems featuring:
    • LogDrake: A tool for monitoring computer activity through system logs
    • Embedded root console for convenient maintenance duties
    • MandrakeFirstTime: An easy-to-use wizard that helps configure desktop environments (KDE, GNOME, etc.), choose a theme and configure email settings
  • Easy-to-use installation and system management utilities:
    • Server configuration wizards for the rapid deployment of server applications (Web Mail, Firewall, File & Printer sharing, etc.)
    • Web Administration with Webmin for easy configuration of DNS, Samba, NFS, local/remote file systems and more from any computer with a secure browser connection
    • URPMI and APT: Automated software management systems provide a hassle-free way to install and upgrade applications
    • Auto-Install tool: Servers and workstations are duplicated effortlessly with the new "auto install" feature


Mandrake Linux 8.1 for IA64 is available for free download at http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/ftp.php3#ia64
Mandrake 8.1 IA64 CDs will soon become available at http://www.mandrakestore.com

Support plans are available for this product: http://www.mandrakesoft.com/products/range/support
Please send inquiries about extended support options to: support@mandrakesoft.com

Professional consulting is available for this product: http://www.mandrakesoft.com/consulting
Please send inquiries about consulting services to: consulting@mandrakesoft.com

About MandrakeSoft

MandrakeSoft provides a trusted interface between users of information technology and open source developers. The company offers customers in the small office, home office (SoHo), small and medium size enterprise, government and educational sectors a set of GNU Linux and Open-Source software and related services, user-friendly and highly competitive information technologies at a very attractive total cost of ownership.

In addition, MandrakeSoft offers technologists committed to open software and courseware a trusted channel to offer their services.

The company has technologists in over 20 countries, and entered Paris Euronext Marché Libre on July 30th, 2001 (Euroclear code: 4477.PA; Reuters code: MAKE.PA). The Mandrake Linux distribution received awards for "Best Product of the Year" and "Best Linux Distribution/Server" at LinuxWorld Expo '99, as well as the PC Answers Platinum Award in April 2000, the Linux Magazine Editor's Choice Award in September 2000 and the Chip Magazine "Best Technique and Winner of the Test" in December 2000.

'Born on the Internet' in late 1998, MandrakeSoft established headquarters in Pasadena (U.S.), Montreal (Canada), England, Germany and Paris (Europe). Please visit the Web site, http://www.mandrakesoft.com for more information about MandrakeSoft