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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter--Issue #38

Apr 15, 2002, 11:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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*********************************************************************** Issue #38 Wednesday, 10 April 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: Mandrake in the News; Latest Activities at MandrakeClub; Financial Corner; Business Case of the Week; 8.2 Software Updates; Headlines from MandrakeForum. Mandrake in the News ---------------------------------------- Linux.com -- MandrakeUser.org is chosen as one of "Three of the Internet's best places to get started with Linux." "Obviously, this is a Mandrake-specific site. But because it is geared to beginners, go ahead, pick up a copy of Mandrake and get busy installing. This is the best site out there for current docs and tutorials. I've used this site extensively to find out which files to edit, how to edit them, what programs I need to install and when; and also to learn about .rpm packages and the dependency game." The following two stories are an exchange between Robin Miller of Linux.com, and Jacques Le Marois, CEO & co-founder of MandrakeSoft: Linux.com -- Mandrake 8.2: great software distributed poorly. Roblimo reviews Mandrake Linux 8.2 and says it's a great operating system, but thinks MandrakeSoft has some funny ways of distributing it that may be bad for business. Linux.com -- MandrakeSoft CEO: Our Mandrake Club makes business sense. In response to the above article, Jacques Le Marois, explains the logic behind enacting a business model based on the MandrakeClub. MandrakeClub ---------------------------------------- The Mandrake Club Newsletter #5 is out. Learn about the latest Club activities, including: * New Downloads * 8.2 Prosuite DVD+CD special discount * StarOffice 6.0 OEM license * One busy webmaster! -- Changing the username. Denis explains how to change your MandrakeClub username (account name). He says: "Please read the following article, even if you are satisfied with your current username: company-wide usernames must be unique, and they will have a priority over nicknames used today on various Mandrake* sites. Therefore, hurry up and "reserve" your Mandrake* username before someone else does it!" Not yet a Mandrake Club member? To learn more, please visit: http://mandrakelinux.com/en/club/ Financial Corner ---------------------------------------- Mandrake Shareholder Newsletter -- April Edition. This month's newsletter addresses the recent dip in stock price, and also comments on the company's financial health: "On March 11th, we made a press release concerning one of our online services, the "Mandrake Club". It would seem that this press release, which was aimed at Mandrake Linux users, created a certain amount of worry concerning MandrakeSoft's financial situation. Also, several negative rumours have been circulating regarding MandrakeSoft. As a result of these developments, MandrakeSoft's share price has dropped significantly in the last few weeks. It is important for us to communicate some facts to you concerning MandrakeSoft's situation. Subscribe to the MandrakeSoft Shareholder Newsletter. Business Case of the Week ---------------------------------------- Apunix Uses Mandrake Linux for Large-Scale Kiosk Deployment. Apunix Computer Services is an award winning developer of state-of-the-art touch screen, interactive, multimedia information kiosks. The company has used Mandrake Linux 7.2 in the successful development, deployment, and continued use of a network of 160 kiosks for TravelCenters of America. "These 160 Mandrake Linux-based kiosks have been running trouble-free since their installation. With a membership card swipe, the kiosks and their touch screens allow professional truck drivers, who are enrolled in TA's RoadKing ClubTM program, access to services and benefits at each TA location. The drivers can check their accumulated points and print coupons at the kiosks, which they redeem for TA goods and services such as food purchases in the full service restaurants or branded fast food restaurants, travel store items, truck service and repair, or showers. Each "hit" or use of the kiosk that results in the printing of a redemption coupon translates to a sale for a TravelCenters of America location." Every "bizcase" counts; please share your story by submitting it to MandrakeBizcases.com. Software Updates ---------------------------------------- Security-related software updates have been released for: Various updated 8.2 errata packages. View the complete list at MandrakeSecure.net. Headlines from MandrakeForum ---------------------------------------- Tour-de-sound Part 1 SiS Chipsets and AudioCDs. Civileme describes how to get sound working with the onboard SiS 630, 730 and 735 chipsets, and also how to play audio CDs with KDE's CD Player. KDE 3 Primer. KDE3 packages are now available for Mandrake Linux 8.2 & 8.1. Be sure to read this story for some valuable hints on how to handle the KDE3 packages from MandrakeSoft. Bugfix updates for 8.2 now available. New packages have been uploaded that fix a few various bugs that made it into the Mandrake Linux 8.2 distribution. Read the full Advisory. The Future of Mandrake Linux? The Answers! "Were you concerned after reading the "Future of MandrakeSoft" message that was released on March 11th? Do you feel that MandrakeClub is not an ideal solution for a commercial business? Do you support the idea of the Club, but have been unable to pay? Would you prefer to become a shareholder? Jacques Le Marois, CEO of MandrakeSoft, answers these questions and more..." New payment options on MandrakeClub/MandrakeStore. Following the recent complaints from folks who blamed "lack of the payment options" as the reason for not joining the MandrakeClub, we have added several new ways of payment to "mandrakesecure" backend, and work towards solving the remaining problems. As "MandrakeClub" and "MandrakeStore" use the same backend, new payment options are available for both sites. More details below... Read these and other stories at MandrakeForum. ---------------------------------------- To subscribe to the weekly Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter, please visit the MandrakeSoft website and enter your email address into the "Sign in" box located on the right side of the webpage.

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