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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #32

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            Issue #32    Tuesday, 26 February 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: Beta3 has been released; PPC Beta1 is now 
available; Mandrake in the News; Introducing the new "Mandrake 
Corporate Club"; Desktop Fun; MandrakeClub News; Business Case of the 
Week; Security-related Software Updates; Headlines from MandrakeForum

Top Stories
Mandrake Linux 8.2 Beta3 is now available.
Many of the bugs from the previous two betas have now been fixed, but 
we need your help to find even more. Everyone is invited to join the 
fun and report bugs so that Mandrake 8.2 can be the best release ever. 
Read the official announcement here;
Learn how and what to test by reading this brief article;
Then post your comments and suggestions in the appropriate
story at MandrakeForum.

Special thanks to everyone who tested and submitted reports for the 
first two betas.


8.2 PPC Beta1 has been released.
On Feb. 22nd, the first Mandrake Linux 8.2 PPC Beta was made available. 
This beta is roughly equivalent to Beta2 of the i586 version, so 
there's lots of new things to discover when compared to last year's 8.0 
PPC version. Since MandrakeSoft has a very limited supply of Apple 
hardware, we need your help. To ensure that 8.2 PPC Final works nicely 
on YOUR Mac, please give this beta a try and report your experiences. 
Learn all the details.

Mandrake in the News
UnixReview.com -- Firewall Roundup: Offerings from SuSE, Mandrake, and 
Coyote Linux.
Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier takes a look at SuSE Firewall on CD, Mandrake 
Single Network Firewall, and Coyote Linux to see how they stack up 
against each other. Some of the topics discussed about MandrakeSoft's 
firewall product include the Web-Based Interface, Logging and Intrusion 
Detection, Easy Backup, Proxy Server, Configuring Firewall Rulesets, 
and Connection Scheduling.

"Configuring the network interfaces was easy, and there were options 
for several types of Internet connections. If you have dial-up, a cable 
modem, or DSL or ISDN, you're all set.

Product News
MandrakeSoft announces the new Mandrake Corporate Club.
The Corporate Club was created in the same spirit as the Mandrake Linux 
Users Club so that businesses can help "boost" the development of the 
Mandrake Linux distribution while also receiving exclusive privileges 
such as direct access to MandrakeSoft servers, logo placement during 
the Mandrake Linux installation and on the MandrakeLinux.com Corporate 
Member's page, and much more. Learn all the details.

Desktop Fun
MandrakeSoft employee Ayo is the graphic artist who created the 
wonderful graphics for the Frozen-Bubble game (featured in Newsletter 
#30), but in his free-time he also makes some great looking desktop 
wallpaper which has been recently integrated into a dazzling 
Theme/Style for KDE 2.2. Check out some screenshots of the Young Jedi 
Theme at KDE-LOOK.org.

Visit Ayo's personal site at http://www.73lab.com/

Denis Havlik, the webmaster of MandrakeClub, announces that he is 
merging the MandrakeClub membership accounts into a central user 
database, and that any Club members who want to change their current 
"club nickname" can do so by creating an account at MandrakeExpert.com 
with the same email address, then wait for a few days while the change 
is put into affect.

In the past, members were given a MandrakeClub "nickname" based on 
their real names (like Jan van. Oien => Jan_Van_Oien, and Kadjo n'Doua 
=> Kadjo_N_Doua), which leads to some awkward nicks. This is being 
changed so that new users will be able to choose a nickname, get a 
unique CUSTID, and use the same nick/pass "everywhere" on the 
MandrakeSoft family of websites.

If any of this sounds confusing, Denis will soon post a story at 
MandrakeClub.com with all the details.


Due to popular request, MandrakeClub membership can now be paid in 
Euros for people located in the Euro-zone.

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

Business Case of the Week
Cybird Computers uses Mandrake Linux for reliable Games/Internet server.
A computer center in the Philippines offers Internet access, Games and 
computer rentals to the public -- with Mandrake Linux handling the 
Internet and Game server. The Mandrake box serves Counter-strike, 
Red-Alert, Diablo, Quake and many others which are played with a 
virtual-CD from the Mandrake server's hard disk. Even though the 
workstations quickly grew to 26 units, one Mandrake server is all 
that's needed to handle the load.

"My small business is running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and my 
Linux-Mandrake 8.0 worked without major problems. The only time that it 
ever stops is when there is an extended power failure which my UPS 
cannot cope or when it is accidentally switched off by my staff. Even 
so, I am not at all worried of corruption caused by improper shutdown 
because I have installed the Reiser File system which works wonderfully 
in such cases without the long fsck." says owner John Wilson.

For many more examples of Mandrake in the workplace, see MandrakeBizcases.

Software Updates
Security-related software updates have been released for:
squid -- fixes several insecurities
ucd-snmp -- fixes multiple vulnerabilities
cups -- fixes potential buffer overflows

View the complete list at MandrakeSecure.net.

Headlines from MandrakeForum
Where to Submit Package Requests?
TinWeasil wants to know how to submit a "wishlist" of applications to 
be added to the distribution. Tom provides some helpful tips, and 
readers offer their own suggestions.

What does "no acceptable cc found" mean?
Mandrake Linux user Newmie2002 has a problem when trying to compile 
programs. Do you know the answer to his question?

Installing SUN's Java Runtime Environment.
If you've ever wondered how to install the Java VM (for apps such as 
Staroffice and Limewire), Tom provides a quick answer.

Read these and other stories at MandrakeForum.


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