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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #55

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              Issue #55    Thursday,   15 August 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: New 8.2 "Update CDs" at MandrakeStore; Mandrake in 
the News; The Latest MandrakeClub Activities; Business Case of the 
Week; Security-related Software Updates; FYI -- Software Locations; 
Headlines from MandrakeForum

New Product
Mandrake Linux 8.2 "Update CD" for x86 processors.
Receive the latest software updates and improvements all in one 
easy to use package. The Mandrake Linux 8.2 Update CD contains security 
updates, bugfixes, as well as the most recent packages as of July 15 

Available now for only $15 US/17 euros at MandrakeStore.

Mandrake in the News
OFB.biz -- The Desktop Dilemma.
The "Open for Business" website discusses Mandrake Linux to show how 
focusing on the desktop is important to the server-side as well:

"The first exhibit that I present to you to show that focusing on the 
server will lead to loss of marketshare, is Mandrake's rapid ascent in 
Netcraft's server survey. In recent months, it has been found that 
Mandrake's Apache/AdvancedExtranet server (a specially tuned version of 
the Apache web server, along with servers for other functions) has 
surpassed the usage of RedHat's Stronghold Apache server. In fact, 
AdvancedExtranet's overall growth was six times that of the web's 

MandrakeClub Newsletter (12).
In this issue: 

 * August "Shareholder" Special 
 * Calling all testers! 
 * "Done" applications now on Cooker mirrors 
 * You've got votes! 
 * Any PPC users out there?

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

Business Case of the Week
Internet/E-commerce: Top 30 Search Engine Powered by Mandrake Linux.
The North Virginia based Internet consulting group "SiteFusion" 
upgraded the lastest release of their FrequentFinders.com search engine 
to run on Mandrake Linux 8.2 Server Edition & the Advanced Extranet 

SiteFusion VP & Co-founder Chris Gilbert writes:
"Mandrake is the by far the most flexible and powerful linux 
distribution we've tested, in fact we love it so much that we migrated 
our virtual hosting business (http://sitefusion.net) from FreeBSD 
(sorry bart) servers to Mandrake Linux 8.2."

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

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

mod_ssl -- fixes buffer overflow
util-linux -- fixes temporary file race
openssl -- provides ASN1 fix

View the complete list at MandrakeSecure.net.

FYI -- Software Locations
It seems that many Mandrake users aren't aware that software for the 
distribution is available from many different locations. Denis Havlik 
provides a quick summary of the various places that contain RPMs for 
Mandrake Linux:

 1. Main distribution -- This is the primary location which most users 
seem to be aware of.
 2. Contributions -- All Mandrake mirrors contain a second RPM location 
called "contributions". This directory contains packages that were 
voluntarily built and "contributed" by members of the community. You 
can find quite a lot of nice goodies in here. This is also where you 
will also find the new packages that are being built by MandrakeClub 
 3. Unsupported -- This directory contains unofficial updates for the 
stable distribution, packaged by MandrakeSoft employees. Many 
often-requested applications (such as Mozilla 1.0 with matching 
Nautilus, Galeon, etc.) can be found in the "unsupported" category.
 4. KDE.org -- The KDE mirrors function as an "unsupported" directory 
for KDE RPMs (that is, MandrakeSoft developers build unofficial update 
RPMs for KDE and post them on KDE's servers instead of in the regular 
"unsupported" directory.). KDE 3.0.2 for 8.0, 8.1, and 8.2 has been 
available on KDE.org for several weeks now.

BTW -- The first two locations mentioned above are urpmi-aware -- this 
means they may be used with urpmi and the Software Manager.

Headlines from MandrakeForum
Review of WalMart's Mandrake/Microtel PC.
MandrakeSoft employee Phil Lavigna contributes this product review:
"This was my first experience with an OEM version so I was pleasantly 
surprised to learn that even though the system was pre-installed at the 
factory, a customized version of the Mandrake installer is used to 
configure any devices on the new machine."

30 New Zope RPM Packages Available for Mandrake.
"Anonymous" writes: "Nexedi Open Research is happy to provide the 
community with an archive of 30 RPM packages to ease the installation 
of Zope on the Linux Mandrake distribution. Zope products such as the 
CMF, Squishdot, Wiki, etc. can now be installed on Linux Mandrake with 
urpmi or rpmdrake tools in a matter of seconds."

Printing and Digital Imaging in Mandrake 9.0 beta 2: Test it!
MandrakeSoft Developer/Printing Guru Til Kamppeter asks for your help 
to test the many new printing & digital imaging features included with 
9.0 Beta 2. He adds: "Remember, the quality of this release depends on 
how many people test it and report their problems!"

Read these and other stories at MandrakeForum.

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