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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #73

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               Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter

               Issue #73  Thursday, 16 January 2003


In this issue:

 * Top Story: Mandrake Linux 9.1 Beta 1 is available
 * Mandrake in the News: Open-Mag.com, OSopinion.com
 * MandrakeClub: RPM Voting & Newsletter 21
 * BizCase of the Week: Education/Research -- Paradise Zone
 * HP Test Drive: Mandrake Linux & Intel Itanium
 * Software Updates: dhcpcd, xpdf, CUPS, more

Top Story
Mandrake Linux 9.1 Beta 1 is now available!
The first Beta of the upcoming Mandrake Linux 9.1 for x86 is now 
available for download & testing. Beta 1 includes kernel 2.4.21pre2, 
XFree 4.3Beta, plus the graphical installer and several Mandrake 
applications have been ported to Gtk2.0. This first Beta has been 
downsized to fit on only one CD -- MandrakeClub members will determine 
which applications should be included in Mandrake Linux 9.1 via the 
RPM-voting system. Everyone is invited to download Beta 1 from the 
usual locations, then report any bugs to 'BugZilla.'

Mandrake in the News
Open-Mag.com -- Mandrakesoft: Can It Rally and Return?
The independent web magazine 'Open' interviews MandrakeSoft's Ga�l 
Duval to find out how the company intends to overcome its recent 
financial challenges:
"One analyst who recognizes MandrakeSoft's resiliency is Stacey Quandt 
of Giga Information Group. In 2001, Quandt was predicting how, 'When I 
look at the consolidation of the Linux market, I think MandrakeSoft is 
one of the few companies that will survive, even though Red Hat has 
become the de facto standard for enterprise.' She was noting the 
popularity of MandrakeSoft's Linux among programmers and others seeking 
desktop software, rather than products offered by a server-oriented Red 

OSopinion.com -- The Mandrake Linux Mystery.
OSopinion writes: "2003 could be a big year for Linux, which is 
expected to keep spreading like wildfire in the server market. Amid 
this climate of growth, up-and-coming distributions like Mandrake, 
which has won glowing reviews from users, may try to make inroads into 
the enterprise market. Yankee Group analyst Laura DiDio told NewsFactor 
that Mandrake has three major factors going for it: 'stability, ease of 
configuration and default security configurations.' But does it have a 
chance against market leader Red Hat?"

RPM Voting
As mentioned in the 'Top Story', MandrakeClub members can now vote for 
RPMs to be included in the next release. Here is how the RPM-voting 
system system works:

 * Club members get 2 vote(s) each week. Each vote can either be used
   to vote for an application that is already in the list, or to
   propose a new one. In case you forget to vote one week, you will
   still get new votes next week, up to a maximum of 8 total votes.
 * In order to vote for applications that are already in the list, just
   check the corresponding checkboxes, and press the VOTE button.
 * If the application you want isn't in the list yet, propose it
 * To ensure that you do not miss anything important, we will keep you
   informed via email whenever the status of an application that you
   voted for changes.

Learn all the details in this story at MandrakeClub.com.

MandrakeClub Newsletter (21)
The latest MandrakeClub newsletter has been released. Learn about:
 * RPM voting for Mandrake Linux 9.1 applications
 * Linux Format Awards 2002
 * An avalanche of new members
 * Better download section

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

Business Case of the Week
MandrakeBizCases.com recently received a new "facelift" -- the website 
offers all the same features but gets a fresher look. We hope you like it.


Education/Research: Paradise Zone widely uses Mandrake Linux.
The 'Paradise Zone' is part of The Salvation Army, based in Poplar, 
London, UK. They recommend and use Mandrake Linux as a cost-effective 
replacement for existing Microsoft systems.

"Using Mandrake Linux saved a huge sum of money enabling us to invest 
in much better hardware. We are using Mandrake Linux in a central 
server that acts as File server for approx 60 user accounts (still 
growing), print server and Internet Gateway. We have an IT suite with 8 
PCs running Mandrake Linux that are used for educational purposes with 
young people aged 9-22. [...] How young people would be able to adapt 
while only having Microsoft experience we did not know. However, our 
fears have been totally unfounded and within very little time getting 
to know different icons most young people were able to do everything 
they wished to do. We have found it to be an excellent IT educational 

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

HP Test Drive
Hewlett Packard offers an interesting way to try the latest 
technologies over the Internet with their Test Drive program. The 
program allows visitors to use some of the hottest hardware and 
operating systems available today -- and they have just added a fourth 
Itanium I system. The ProLiant DL590/64 runs Mandrake Linux 8.1, has 
four 733 MHz Intel Itanium processors, and 2 GB of memory. Sign up 
today and test drive it yourself. It's free.

Software Updates
9.0 software updates have been released for:

dhcpcd -- fixes character expansion vulnerability
xpdf -- fixes integer overflow vulnerability 
CUPS -- fixes multiple vulnerabilities 
urpmi and mdkonline -- updated packages provide better support

View the complete list at MandrakeSecure.net.

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