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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #40

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             Issue #40    Wednesday, 24 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: 8.2 PPC Has Been Released; 8.2 Packs Are Shipping; 
New "Ask Mandrake" Article at MandrakeClub; Mandrake Packages for KDE 
3.0; Business Case of the Week; New Paper at MandrakeSecure.net -- 
"Using GnuPG"; Spotlight on LinuxPrinting.org; Security-related 
Software Updates; Headlines from MandrakeForum.

Top Story
8.2 PPC Has Arrived!
MandrakeSoft is proud to announce that Mandrake Linux 8.2 PPC has been 
released. 8.2 PPC offers the same user-friendly configuration tools and 
up-to-date software found in the x86 version, but for Macintosh users. 
For the ultimate in high performance, 8.2 PPC is optimized for G3 
processors and supports the fast & efficient journalling filesystems 
ReiserFS, Ext3, XFS and JFS.

Read the complete announcement. 
Purchase the 8.2 PPC 2-CD set at MandrakeStore.


Packaged versions of Mandrake 8.2 are now available.
The Mandrake 8.2 ProSuite is ideally suited for server deployment and 
use in a business/industrial environment. The PowerPack and Standard 
Editions focus on workstation use. Both the ProSuite and PowerPack 
feature the StarOffice 6.0 office suite, which includes an unlimited 
single-user license plus one support incident in any of the supported 
languages directly from SUN. Complete details about the release of the 
Mandrake 8.2 packs are available in the official announcement.

MandrakeStore orders are now shipping. Order your Pack today.

New "Ask Mandrake" article.
This month's "Ask Mandrake" column is titled "Ask Mandrake: The future 
direction of the distribution." Instead of posing questions directly to 
a single MandrakeSoft employee, this time everyone is invited to pose 
questions and comments to the entire company. All of your comments will 
be submitted as a "report" to the company's decision makers so that 
your concerns and requests will be taken into consideration in the 
further development of the distribution.

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

Mandrake and KDE 3.0  
KDE 3.0 was released on April 2nd 2002. MandrakeSoft developers have 
uploaded KDE 3.0 packages on the KDE FTP server (ftp.kde.org and 
mirrors) for Mandrake-Linux versions 8.0, 8.1 and 8.2. These packages 
are meant to be installed in parallel with KDE 2.2.2, which makes it 
possible to use KDE 2.2.2 applications that haven't been ported to KDE 
3.0 yet. For this reason, the KDE 3 packages install themselves into 

Note: These packages are unsupported and are intended for users who 
enjoy the "bleeding edge" -- use at your own risk. Typical users are 
encouraged to wait for the upcoming KDE 3.01.

For all the details, plus installation instructions, please see this page.

Business Case of the Week
GTL deploys Mandrake Linux on their entire server farm.
Global Transport Logistics (GTL) is a third party logistics provider 
offering leading-edge order management, product & literature 
fulfillment, project development and management. When they needed a 
Linux platform that would work flawlessly on their multi-processor Dell 
PowerEdge Servers, they deployed Mandrake Linux 8.1 which has resulted 
in 99.91% uptime.

"Security, stability and power were the main factors in choosing 
Mandrake Linux over other platforms and distributions. [....] Mandrake 
gives us increased speed with precompiled 686 binaries, data integrity 
with ext3 journaled filesystem and flexibility the advanced extranet 
server." says Brent Meshier, GTL Manager of Network Operations.

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

Website Updates
MandrakeSecure.net -- Using GnuPG.
A new article has been published on MandrakeSecure entitled "Using 
GnuPG". This paper gives you the rundown on how to make GPG keys, 
revocation certificates, how to use GPG to protect your data and 
identity, how to build a web of trust, and other goodies.

Vincent Danen adds: "As a side note, I've implemented a user comment 
system on MandrakeSecure that will allow users to share tips and 
comments on the article topics; this will allow people to share 
valuable information with others in the community."

Spotlight on LinuxPrinting.org
One of the many Open Source projects that MandrakeSoft proudly supports 
is Linuxprinting.org.  
www.linuxprinting.org contains the largest repository of Free Software 
printing-related information on the Internet. A core part of the 
website consists of the Foomatic database, which lists all known Free 
Software printer drivers with information on over 800 printer models 
and how they are supported by Free Software drivers.

After being integrated for the first time in Mandrake Linux 7.2, 
Foomatic quickly became an unofficial standard for print spoolers in 
Linux and soon also appeared in other distributions including Red Hat, 
Conectiva, Debian, Caldera, and others.

MandrakeSoft hired Till Kamppeter, the creator and key developer of XPP 
(the X Printing Panel, a graphical front-end for CUPS) in August 2000 
to support the development of Free Software printing. While employed by 
MandrakeSoft, Till Kamppeter has taken the leadership of the 
linuxprinting.org website, keeps the Foomatic database up-to-date, and 
maintains the software as well as the website.

For more information, please see:

Software Updates
Security-related software updates have been released for:

squid -- fixes DoS vulnerability

View the complete list at MandrakeSecure.net.

Headlines from MandrakeForum
Why does 8.2 offer two update modes?
Denis gives a quick overview of the difference between "update" and 
"update packages only."

Using Xscreensaver with KDE.
Mandrake Linux user 'fischerz' contributed this nice tip:
"I got a little bit bored of KDE's screensavers. So I wanted to use the 
xscreensaver package within KDE. The following steps made this possible 
for me:"

$400 computer HOWTO, and other nice stuff.
While perusing some nice comments about Mandrake 8.2 at CNET's download 
site, Deno found an interesting story about some very cheap computers 
being sold at WalMart and came up with a quick "$400 computer howto w/ 
   1. Go to www.walmart.com
   2. Buy Microtel computer WITHOUT OS
   3. Install copy of Mandrake Linux
   4. Have fun! 

MandrakeClub members - where do they all come from? (2)
Denis crunches the numbers and reports some interesting facts about the 
people who have joined MandrakeClub. "Back in January, I published some 
stats on MandrakeClub members. At that time, MandrakeClub had 1183 
members, and today we have more than 6000."

UK Linux Install Day 2002.
Linux User Groups from around the UK will be coordinating events in May 
and June when visitors will be able to view demonstrations of the power 
and freedom of Linux at work, at home, and business environments. UK 
Linux Install Day 2002 (http://www.linuxinstallday.org) gives Linux 
users the chance to promote the benefits of Linux to the wider 
community, including home users, businesses and schools.

Read these and other stories at MandrakeForum.


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