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               Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter

                  Issue #76  Friday, 7 March 2003


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 'RC2' is available
 * Product News: "The Definitive Guide to Using Mandrake Linux"; Spring
   Cleaning at MandrakeStore
 * Mandrake in the News: DistroWatch.com 
 * MandrakeClub: An avalanche of discounts!; 'Premier' download mirrors
   for 9.1
 * BizCase: French Gov't uses MDK for samba, e-mail, web, mysql, ldap
 * Spotlight on the 'Multi Network Firewall'
 * Software Updates: sendmail, tcpdump, webmin, more

Top Story
Mandrake Linux 9.1 'RC2' is available.
The second release candidate of the upcoming Mandrake Linux 9.1 was 
released on Tuesday, March 4th. Lead developer 'Warly' reports that 9.1 
Final should be completed by the 14th of March, and the official 
announcement should be made between the 15th and the 20th.

One of the most visible improvements in RC2 is the new 'MandrakeGalaxy' 
theme which is now provided by default in KDE & GNOME. This theme is 
the result of cooperation between Everaldo Coelho, the designer of the 
famous KDE Crystal theme, and several MandrakeSoft employees.

This is the last chance to help squash bugs before the final is 
released. We need clear, detailed descriptions of any problems reported 
to the Mandrake Bugzilla system, or to the Mandrake Cooker mailing 
list. Everyone is invited to join the fun.

Read all the details including the list of packages and changelog.

Product News
MandrakeSoft recently released The Definitive Guide to Using Mandrake 
Linux -- a comprehensive new book that provides in-depth 
coverage of the latest version of Mandrake Linux 9.0.

This 646-page manual is packed with valuable information for all levels 
of Linux users. Learn about installing, configuring, and administering 
your system; step-by-step installation and troubleshooting 
instructions; configuring file and Web servers; and much more.

"The Definitive guide to Using Mandrake Linux" is available at 
MandrakeStore for only $39 USD or 39 euros:

MandrakeClub members receive an immediate 15% discount. An HTML version 
of the book is now available online for MandrakeClub members.


Spring cleaning at MandrakeStore.
The MandrakeStore folks are clearing out the remaining (limited) stock 
of Mandrake Linux 9.0 boxes, so this is a great chance to pick up a 
complete PowerPack at half price. Available products are the German, 
Italian and Spanish versions of "Power Pack 9.0", and the German 
version of "Standard Edition 9.0". This special price is good for all 
Mandrake Linux users, but it even gets even better for MandrakeClub 
members: On top of the 50% discount, Club members receive free 
shipping, and everyone else gets a free one month trial membership in 

This special promotion does not apply to English and French versions of 
the PowerPack (we are almost out of stock), and the remaining supply of 
German, Spanish, and Italian Power Packs is quite limited too, so get 
'em while they last!

Mandrake in the News
DistroWatch.com -- Mandrake 9.1 RC 1 - Desktop, Laptop, Small Server.
Andrew D. Balsa releases Part 6 of his excellent series of reviews of 
the Mandrake Linux Beta process. In his newest article, he reviews 
Mandrake Linux 9.1 RC1:

"This time around, I tested Mandrake 9.1 RC1 on three different 
platforms: a home use mid-range desktop workstation, my trusty 
old-and-battered Dell laptop, and last but not least a dual Celeron 
homebuilt SMP box nowadays used as a file server and test rig. On to 
the reports..."

An avalanche of discounts!
MandrakeClub is offering a number of attractive discounts right now, 

 * 15% off MandrakeSoft enterprise products (expires soon)
 * 50% off 9.0 packs (German, Spanish, Italian) with free shipping for
   Club members
 * 33% off MandrakeExpert support
 * $20 off Win4Lin
 * $5 off the Opera browser
 * 10% off Hancom Office

Visit the MandrakeClub website for all the details.

And remember, as soon as Mandrake Linux 9.1 is released Club members 
will be given access to a large list of premier download mirrors so 
you can avoid seeing the dreaded "mirrors are busy" message when 
downloading the new 9.1 ISO images. It's a perfect time to be a Club 

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

Business Case of the Week
Government: MDK for samba, e-mail, web, mysql, ldap.
The French government agency "Agence Française Pour les Investissements 
Internationaux" is a public institution responsible for facilitating 
the arrival of foreign groups into France. They use Mandrake for:
 * Mail server with Postfix/imap
 * Intranet server (php/MySQL/Apache) with forum and webmail
 * Domain server for MS-Windows with Samba
 * OpenLDAP for authentication
 * Plus a backup server, one firewall and several workstations 

They add:
"We have been able to create the whole server infrastructure starting 
from nothing. We also wanted to avoid the problems involved with 
managing licenses. [...] And all of this with only 3 cdroms..."

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

Spotlight on the 'Multi Network Firewall'
This week's "Product in the Spotlight" is MandrakeSoft's Multi-Network 
Firewall -- a specialized Linux product that provides hardened 
security, multi-VPN (Virtual Private Network), and multi-DMZ 
(de-militarized zone) features. Here are the answers to a few of the 
most commonly asked questions:

Q: What is covered by the MNF documentation?
A: The documentation provides general security information, explains 
the concept of a firewall, and details the features provided by MNF. 
On-line help also provides information on each screen of the web 

Q: Is it possible to connect the MNF to another firewall?
A: Yes, no problem.

Q: What kind of VPN does the MNF support?
A: The MNF supports VPN based on 'pptp' and 'ipsec'.

Q: Is it possible to use the proxy and filter features while the 
firewall is off?
A: Yes. You can choose the features independently.

Learn more about the Multi Network Firewall at MandrakeSoft.com.

Software Updates
9.0 software updates have been released for:

 * sendmail --fixes remotely exploitable buffer overflow vulnerability
 * tcpdump -- fixes denial of service vulnerabilities
 * shadow-utils -- fixes improper mailspool ownership
 * webmin packages -- fixes session ID spoofing vulnerability
 * lynx packages -- fixes CRLF injection vulnerability
 * vnc packages -- fixes cookie vulnerability
 * krb5 packages -- fixes vulnerability in FTP client
 * openssl packages -- fixes timing-based attack vulnerability

View the complete list at MandrakeSecure.net.

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