MandrakeSoft today announced the release of Mandrake Linux 9.0
(Dolphin), a new-generation Linux operating system for servers and
desktop workstations. Mandrake Linux 9.0 combines all the power and
stability of Linux with many new and unique features plus the
famous "Mandrake touch" which has a long tradition of excellence
and leadership on the desktop.
It includes the latest versions of the premiere Free Software
packages, including the newest stable releases of Linux Kernel
2.4.19, KDE 3.0.3, GNOME 2.0, OpenOffice 1.0.1, Mozilla 1.1, GCC
3.1, CUPS 1.1--over 2000 packages in all.
The Mandrake Linux 9.0 Download Edition is immediately available
as a free download from many Internet locations. Mandrake Linux
retail packs (Standard 9.0: $30 USD/30 EUR, PowerPack 9.0: $69
USD/65 EUR, and ProSuite 9.0: $199 USD - 166 EUR)--all including
support plans--are now available for pre-order at MandrakeStore
Availability of the retail packs is planned for mid/end
The Mandrake Linux 9.0 ProSuite Edition has been Linux Standard
Base (LSB 1.2) certified on Sept 25th, 2002.
What's new and unique in Mandrake Linux 9.0
Mandrake Linux has a long tradition of excellence on the
desktop: Four years ago we were the first Linux distribution to
focus on the "human factor" with Linux. Since that time,
MandrakeSoft has continually introduced solid improvements for
desktop users and has become widely imitated. As a result of our
years of experience and expertise, Mandrake Linux 9.0 offers highly
polished graphical environments and many newly redesigned graphical
desktops and configuration utilities with the highest level of
features and quality.
Unique features make unique products: The Mandrake Linux
desktops are dynamic. This means, for instance, that when a new
software package is installed or removed, the corresponding icon
will appear or disappear instantaneously in the application menu.
This same "dynamic" feature also applies to hardware devices: Plug
in a USB scanner or WebCam and a corresponding icon appears
automatically on the desktop.
Another unique feature in Mandrake Linux 9.0 is "supermount"
which lets users access removable media (CD-ROM, floppy, Zip, etc.)
instantaneously and transparently without using the traditional
Additionally, MandrakeSoft is proud to release one of the most
advanced Linux systems in regards to hardware recognition. Most of
the "latest & greatest" PC devices and protocols -- such as USB
2.0 -- are recognized and configured automatically in Mandrake
Linux 9.0. Mandrake 9.0 is the first Linux distribution to natively
support NTFS partitions and the WebDAV protocol (for editing and
managing files on remote web servers).
Last but not least, Mandrake 9.0 takes the important issue of
security to a new level. In early 2000, MandrakeSoft first
introduced the concept of "security levels" to the Linux world; in
Mandrake Linux 9.0, that concept is expanded with the integration
of professional Intrusion detection tools and utilities, encrypted
communication support, encrypted filesystems, secured
authentication, and more. Even regular desktop users will
appreciate the ability to send & receive encrypted email with
Mozilla, KMail and Evolution.
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