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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #24

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              Issue #24    Tuesday, 1 January 2002

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: MandrakeClub on the move; New Mandrake Shareholder 
Newsletter; Mandrake in the News; Cooker ISO images released; Business 
Case of the Week; Spotlight on Mandrake Online; This Week's Online 
Poll; Software Updates; Headlines from MandrakeForum

Happy New Year! Please be safe during the holiday. We look 
forward to another great year with you in 2002.

Top Story
MandrakeClub was officially launched before Christmas and the 
website already has several active discussions in progress. Denis 
Havlik (the MandrakeClub moderator) reports that everything seems to be 
working well, and the "Download" section already contains most of the 
apps from 8.1 commercial CDs.

Financial Corner
MandrakeSoft now offers a financial newsletter that should be of 
particular interest to shareholders and investors. The first issue of 
the "MandrakeSoft Shareholder Newsletter" has been released and 
contains up-to-date information about important company news such as:

 * The Linux Market
 * MandrakeSoft and the stock exchange
 * MandrakeSoft's positioning
 * Latest news
 * Financial results

To be notified each month when a new Shareholder Newsletter is released, please select
this link.

Mandrake in the News
Tech-Junkie -- RedHat 7.2 Vs Mandrake 8.1 On The Desktop.
A 6-page article on the TechJunkie.com website offers a thorough 
comparison of the two leading Linux distributions and concludes:
"Well there you have it, Mandrake has a definite edge when it comes to 
desktop usability as RedHat sticks to its roots as a popular 
corporate-oriented product."

The article covers:
Graphical installation; Desktop usability; RedHat 7.2 vs Mandrake 8.1 
vs Windows XP in Quake 3 and Return to Castle Wolfenstein; Interview 
with RedHat's Product Manager and Frederic Bastok, MandrakeSoft 


The Register -- Mandrake 8.1 easier than Win-XP.
The popular British online magazine "The Register" writes about their 
"outstanding Linux eXPerience" with Mandrake 8.1:

"Windows addicts curious to see how the other half lives but wary of 
the installation challenges Linux is supposed to present will find 
Mandrake 8.1 considerably easier to install and configure than Win-XP. 
It's quite nearly Harry Homeowner-proof...
If you'd like to eXPerience that sensation, Mandrake 8.1 is, hands 
down, the easiest way to get started.®"

What's Cooking at MandrakeSoft?
To give everyone an easy opportunity to try the latest from the 
Mandrake Cooker, ISO images were released last week. But be careful! 
This is a development version for testing only and is provided "as is". 
However, the installation works OK so most users should be able to 
install and test the last packages and features.

The two-ISO set can be found on most mirrors that contain 
development versions of MandrakeLinux.

Business Case of the Week
FutureGrafix uses Mandrake Linux as a development platform, and also to 
create images and animations:
"I have found that Mandrake's superior networking and hardware 
recognition capabilities (to name a few of the wonderful things about 
it) make Linux a prime choice for companies starting out as the 
installation is easy and the interface has grown considerably" says 
Daniel Parker, a senior computer graphics designer.

Every "bizcase" counts; please share your story by submitting it to

Spotlight on Mandrake Online
Mandrake Online is an online service first introduced in Mandrake Linux 
8.1 that records the system's configuration settings (hardware devices 
and installed software packages) so that you can automatically be kept 
informed of security updates and important upgrades.

To try Mandrake Online for free, you'll need to first create a new 
account if it wasn't already done after the 8.1 installation .

The Mandrake Online setup wizard can be started from the KDE menu: 
Configuration > Other > Mandrake Online. Check the appropriate box to 
create a new account and follow the instructions -- you'll need to 
provide a valid email address where security update notifications will 
be sent. After the registration is finished, complete the final steps 
to activate the new account. From then on, you will receive security 
alerts and upgrade notifications via email.

This Week's Online Poll
What do you think about the new MandrakeClub?

* Like the idea, already joined
* Like the idea, have not joined (yet)
* Not sure, give me more info.
* Sorry, not interested.

Cast your vote in the Voting Booth and check the results.

Software Updates
Security-related software updates have been released for:
samba -- provides WinXP support
libgtop -- fixes buffer overflow and format string vulnerabilities
glibc --fix buffer overflow vulnerability
krb5 -- fix buffer overflow in telnet
flex -- fixes improper declaration of isatty()

View the entire list.

Top Stories from MandrakeForum
KDE 3.0 BETA 1 For 8.0, 8.1.
For advanced users only -- If you still don't know what to do during 
the slow days this holiday season, kde.org has RPMs for 8.1 (mirrors) 
of their first BETA version of KDE 3.0 (read my lips: B-E-T-A, and, as 
usual, unsupported).


Smoke Signals: Using External FireWire Storage Devices.
Tom posts a very informative two-part article that explains how to use 
Firewire devices in Mandrake Linux 8.1:
"Looking for an external storage always has been a bit of a twisted 
situation: you'd either go for the simple (parallel, USB) or for the 
fast (SCSI). FireWire (aka IEEE1394) tries to deliver both and does 
quite a good job at it."
Part 1, Part 2.


Linux-tips digest
Deno delivers a batch of helpful tips from Linux-tips.net. "I've cut 
down each of the "tips" to just a few lines, but you can follow the 
links to original articles to get the whole story. Have fun!"

Read these and other stories at MandrakeForum.

Penguins in Peril
"Massive icebergs and an unprecedented amount of sea ice have nearly 
isolated one of Antarctica's largest populations of Adelie penguins, 
jeopardizing attempts by the birds to breed, scientists report. Each 
year at this time, the penguins flock from their feeding grounds at sea 
to Ross Island, where they breed and lay their eggs in shallow nests 
lined with pebbles. But satellite images released Thursday by NASA show 
the coast around Cape Crozier is choked with ice and icebergs."


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