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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter Issue #29

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                   M A N D R A K E     L I N U X

          C O M M U N I T Y      N E W S L E T T E R

           Issue #29    Wednesday, 6 February 2002


Welcome to the Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- dedicated to 
keeping you up-to-date with the latest Mandrake-related news & info.

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This Week's Summary: 8.2 Beta Articles at MandrakeForum; New Support 
Plans for IA64; Report from N.Y. LinuxWorld Expo; Completed "Ask 
Mandrake" Q&A at MandrakeClub; Focus on Ximian GNOME; New Mailing List 
Archives; Mandrake in the News; Business Case of the Week; Mandrake 
Advocates in the Spotlight; Security-related Software Updates; 
Headlines from MandrakeForum.

Top Story
MandrakeForum is hosting a series of articles about Mandrake Linux 8.2 
Beta and needs your feedback! If you've installed the latest beta, this 
is the perfect opportunity to help shape the next release by posting 
your comments and suggestions about the following topics:

  * 8.2 Window managers
  * Your suggestions (open topic)
  * Network configuration tools
  * Diskdrake
  * Drakfirsttime
  * Server-wizards
  * Scannerdrake
  * XFdrake (X-configuration tools)
  * Other Mandrake configuration tools


With your help, Mandrake Linux 8.2 can be the best release ever!

Product News
New technical support plans are now available for IA64 architecture 
(HP, Bull, IBM, etc.) in North America & Europe.

Technical support is accessible Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm for 
the Mandrake Linux ProSuite Gold package on IA64.
Price: $4900 US (5500 Euros) for 10 incidents -- Level 1/Level 2/Level 3

For European inquiries, please send email to sales@mandrakesoft.com or 
dial +33-821 231 231. For North American inquiries, send email to 
sales@mandrakesoft.com or dial the toll-free number 

Report from N.Y. LinuxWorld Expo
It was a cold and rainy day in New York as LinuxWorld Expo 2002 came to 
a close last Friday. At the MandrakeSoft booth, over 2,000 free CDs of 
Mandrake Linux 8.1 were distributed during the three day period -- 
almost 1000 disks were given away within the first hour of the opening 
day alone! 

Many well-attended presentations were conducted each day by 
MandrakeSoft employees Jeff Garzik, Todd Lyons, Stew Benedict and 
security expert Jay Beales on topics such as security, the Single 
Network Firewall and Mandrake Linux 8.1. MandrakeSoft North American 
Vice-President Daniel Morales reported on some very productive meetings 
with several major hardware vendors, and says that we should see some 
important announcements in the coming months; he also reported making 
some very good contacts within Mexico & Latin America and noted that 
several large organizations have announced limited transitions from 
Windows to Linux this year.

The featured products of this year's show included the Single Network 
Firewall, 8.1 ProSuite Gold, and a new training kit for educational 
centers that train students for the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) 
certification test.

The overwhelming feeling from this year's show seems to be that 
mainstream companies are not only aware of the benefits and cost 
savings of Linux, but now consider Linux to be a "real" option and are 
planning tests and transitional scenarios during the current year.

View snapshots of the Paris & N.Y. Expo at the MandrakeSoft website:

Last month's "Ask Mandrake" article -- featuring a question & answer 
session with MandrakeSoft's Gaël Duval -- has been completed and the 
final interview is now posted. MandrakeClub members who wish to 
continue the discussion can post comments at:

Not yet a Mandrake Club member? To learn more, please visit:

Spotlight on Ximian GNOME
Ximian GNOME has been released for Mandrake 8.1.
"Ximian" is a commercial software & services company that produces a 
customized version of the popular GNOME desktop -- "The Ximian 
Desktop". Users who are interested in updating their Mandrake systems 
with Ximian GNOME should be aware that the download can be quite large 
(up to 400MB), and that it replaces the standard GNOME desktop 
(including the Mandrake menus).

For more information about Ximian GNOME and download locations, see:

MandrakeForum also has an article on this topic:

Mailing List Archives
The MandrakeLinux website now offers a complete archive of all 
Mandrake-related mailing lists:
* expert; * newbie; * cooker; * cooker-axp; * cooker-firewall; * 
debutant; * expert-es; * expert-de; * expert-it; * changelog; * 
cooker-i18n; * cooker-ia64; * confirme; * newbie-es; * cooker-ppc

To browse the archives, or to subscribe to a mailing list, please see:

Mandrake in the News
Slashdot.org -- Mandrake Releases 8.2 Beta.
A very lively discussion regarding the new beta:

Business Case of the Week
McKnight Consulting - saved thousands of $ with our switch.
A small research consulting firm recently switched from Windows (NT/98) 
to Mandrake Linux for their workstations and saved big bucks:

For many more examples of Mandrake in the workplace, please see:

Mandrake Advocates in the Spotlight
Mandrake Linux is a community-based effort that involves the work of 
many translators, beta testers, package contributors, etc. But many 
other Mandrake supporters contribute in their own personal and 
"unofficial" way; MandrakeSoft would like to thank the following people 
and websites for their continued support throughout the years:

"Texstar" of PCLinuxOnline.com is a long-time contributing member of 
Mandrake Development -- you'll find many of his packages in the 
Mandrake Cooker and in the Contribs section. As a side project, Texstar 
creates optimized RPMS for Linux Mandrake 8.1 and makes them available 
from his personal FTP site at eastwind.net

"TheDarb" is the webmaster of GUI-Lords.org -- this popular website is 
dedicated to "Linux domination of the Desktop" and has been a long-time 
advocate of Mandrake Linux. The website offers a discussion & news 

In addition to being a regular participant of MandrakeForum & MandrakeUser, long-time advocate "Ranger" offers many unofficial 
Mandrake packages on his personal FTP site:

Our sincere thanks go out to everyone who helps make Linux (and 
Mandrake) such a wonderful operating system.

Software Updates
Security-related software updates have been released for:
gzip -- fixed buffer overflow
rsync -- fixes unsigned insecurities 
enscript -- fixes temporary file vulnerability

View the complete list at:

Headlines from MandrakeForum
EXT3 and EXT2.
Mandrake Linux user Bernd wants to know: "I would like to go back to 
ext2 but I don't know how to do it. Can anybody help?"

Linux-tips digest (3).
Deno posts Part 3 of his tips from the Linux-tips digest articles.

Jumpy Mouse Wheel?
Tom describes some tips on how to improve the mouse wheel movements in 
several popular applications.

Read these and other stories at MandrakeForum