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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #74

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               Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter

                Issue #74  Friday, 31 January 2003

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Welcome to the Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- dedicated to 
keeping you up-to-date with the latest Mandrake-related news & info.

In this issue:

 * Top Story: Mandrake Linux 9.1 Beta 2 is available
 * What's Cookin' at MandrakeSoft?: New PPC Beta has been released
 * Financial Corner: Court grants MandrakeSoft protection period
 * Mandrake in the News: OpenMag.com & DistroWatch.com
 * MandrakeClub: Your package votes making a difference
 * Upcoming Event: Paris 'Linux Solutions' Show
 * Website Watch: KDE Tips & Tricks in Mandrake 9.0
 * Software Updates: fetchmail, printer-drivers, sane, cvs


Top Story
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Mandrake Linux 9.1 Beta 2 is available.
The second Beta of the upcoming Mandrake Linux 9.1 for x86 is now 
available for download & testing. Beta 2 is offered as two 650MB ISO 
images and includes KOffice (1.2.1), OpenOffice (1.0.2), plus hundreds 
of additional applications that were voted in by Club members. Everyone 
is invited to download Beta 2 from the usual locations, then report any 
bugs to BugZilla.


What's Cookin' at MandrakeSoft?
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New PPC Beta is available.
There's no reason for Mac users to feel neglected now that Stew 
Benedict has released a new Beta ISO image for the PPC platform. See 
what all the excitement is about: Download the PPC beta from the usual 
mirrors, then learn more about the PPC Beta by viewing the Cooker PPC 
mailing list archive for January.


Financial Corner
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On January 27th, 2003, confirmation was received from a French 
Commercial Court that MandrakeSoft had been granted a six-month 
observation & protection period to establish a business continuation 
plan. MandrakeSoft welcomes this latest news as a positive step toward 
achieving solid restructuring and profitability.

Please see the official announcement for additional details.


Mandrake in the News
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DistroWatch.com -- Mandrake Linux 9.1 - a GNU/Linux Distribution in the Making
Two weeks ago Andrew Balsa reviewed Mandrake Linux 9.1 Beta 1 for 
Distrowatch.com, this week he reviews Beta 2 (with lots of great 
screenshots):
"[...] if MandrakeSoft can keep up with this rate of development, by 
beta 3 or 4 they could start concentrating on the eye-candy and their 
final 9.1 release would then be terrific. I am still reluctant to erase 
my Mandrake 9.0 configuration and switch over, but my fingers are 
getting twitchy..."

OpenMag.com -- Reader Survey Results
The 'Open-Mag' weekly e-zine published the results of their reader 
survey. A whopping 73% of readers use Mandrake Linux, and Mandrake is 
the top pick as "Strategic Linux Distribution."


MandrakeClub
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Your package votes are making a difference.
Beta testers are now enjoying the results of MandrakeClub RPM voting. 
The recently released 9.1 Beta 2 includes hundreds of applications that 
were voted in by Club members. See this announcement to the 
Cooker mailing list for the newly included package names, number of 
votes received, and other interesting details.

Not yet a Mandrake Club member? To learn more, please visit:
http://mandrakelinux.com/en/club/


Upcoming Event
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MandrakeSoft is pleased to join Jaluna in their display
booth at the upcoming Linux Solutions Show to be held in Paris, France, from 
Feb. 4-6, 2003.
Jaluna, founded by the team that invented Chorus^(TM) microkernel 
real-time operating systems, will announce its Jaluna-2, which enables 
manufacturers and integrators to add Real-Time, Availability and 
Security into their Linux products.
At Jaluna's booth, you will see Jaluna-2 demos and will learn more about 
Jaluna-1, the Open Source, royalty-free, carrier-grade Real-Time 
Operating System (RTOS).

Both MandrakeSoft and Jaluna look forward to seeing you at the show!


Website Watch
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KDE Tips & Tricks in Mandrake 9.0.
Two new chapters have been released at the trylinuxSD.com website 
titled "KDE Tips & Tricks in Mandrake 9.0" which offer some pointers 
that may not be obvious to new Linux users. Learn about:

 * View Profiles; Konqueror for the Web & FTP
 * Fun with fonts; Speeding up KDE
 * Creating and using Shortcut keys
 * Using desktop wallpaper, styles, themes & icons
 * Introduction to KDE System Administration Utilities, and more.


Software Updates
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9.0 software updates have been released for:

fetchmail -- fixes remote exploit vulnerability
printer-drivers -- fixes local vulnerability
sane -- fix various bugs
cvs -- fixes multiple vulnerabilities

View the complete list at MandrakeSecure.net.

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