Mandrake Linux 8.1 for IA64 Is Available

[ Thanks to Kadjo for the press release.

MandrakeSoft announces the immediate availability of Mandrake
Linux 8.1 for Intel Itanium Architecture. The Itanium 64-bit
architecture is a high-performance platform commonly used for
servers and highly demanding business software, such as large
database, ERM/CRM applications or advanced computing.

With Mandrake Linux 8.1 for Itanium-based architecture,
MandrakeSoft is proud to provide businesses with a robust and
scalable Linux solution for high performance computing.

Mandrake Linux 8.1 for Itanium has been fully tested with
numerous HP, IBM and Bull configurations. This new release offers
the same features as Mandrake Linux 8.1, but has been optimized for
the IA64 architecture.

“By providing a complete and easy-to-use server operating system
for the powerful IA64 platform, MandrakeSoft is positioning itself
more and more as a leading participant in high-end computing”, said
Jacques Le Marois, CEO of MandrakeSoft.

Supported hardware (tested):

  • HP RX4610 server
  • HP i2000 workstation
  • IBM xSeries 380
  • Bull Escala IL 400R

Supported SCSI Raid cards (tested):

  • HP NetRaid 1M
  • HP NetRaid 2M
  • IBM ServeRAID 4H

Featured software:

  • Linux kernel 2.4.8 with support for 3 journalized file systems:
    Ext3, ReiserFS, XFS
  • Glibc 2.2.4 – GNU LibC
  • GCC 2.96 and GCC 3.0.2 – GNU Compilers
  • GNOME 1.4.1 and KDE 2.2.1 – Full featured Graphical
  • 64-bit enabled JVM
  • Native port of Mozilla 0.9.4 – The Web Navigator.
  • Mpich 1.2.2 – A robust and flexible implementation of MPI
    (Message Passing Interface)
  • OpenSSH 2.9.9p2 – Encrypted network connections
  • Samba 2.2.1a – File/Print server for Windows
  • Sympa 3.2.1 – Mailing-list manager

In addition to the above software, Mandrake 8.1 for
IA64 provides most of the same features as the main distribution
such as:

  • MandrakeSoft’s world-famous user-friendly tools:
    • Mandrake Control Center, the one-stop location to set-up and
      administer systems featuring:
    • LogDrake: A tool for monitoring computer activity through
      system logs
    • Embedded root console for convenient maintenance duties
    • MandrakeFirstTime: An easy-to-use wizard that helps configure
      desktop environments (KDE, GNOME, etc.), choose a theme and
      configure email settings
  • Easy-to-use installation and system management utilities:
    • Server configuration wizards for the rapid deployment of server
      applications (Web Mail, Firewall, File & Printer sharing,
    • Web Administration with Webmin for easy configuration of DNS,
      Samba, NFS, local/remote file systems and more from any computer
      with a secure browser connection
    • URPMI and APT: Automated software management systems provide a
      hassle-free way to install and upgrade applications
    • Auto-Install tool: Servers and workstations are duplicated
      effortlessly with the new “auto install” feature


Mandrake Linux 8.1 for IA64 is available for free download at

Mandrake 8.1 IA64 CDs will soon become available at http://www.mandrakestore.com

Support plans are available for this product: http://www.mandrakesoft.com/products/range/support

Please send inquiries about extended support options to:

Professional consulting is available for this product: http://www.mandrakesoft.com/consulting

Please send inquiries about consulting services to:

About MandrakeSoft

MandrakeSoft provides a trusted interface between users of
information technology and open source developers. The company
offers customers in the small office, home office (SoHo), small and
medium size enterprise, government and educational sectors a set of
GNU Linux and Open-Source software and related services,
user-friendly and highly competitive information technologies at a
very attractive total cost of ownership.

In addition, MandrakeSoft offers technologists committed to open
software and courseware a trusted channel to offer their

The company has technologists in over 20 countries, and entered
Paris Euronext Marché Libre on July 30th, 2001 (Euroclear
code: 4477.PA; Reuters code: MAKE.PA). The Mandrake Linux
distribution received awards for “Best Product of the Year” and
“Best Linux Distribution/Server” at LinuxWorld Expo ’99, as well as
the PC Answers Platinum Award in April 2000, the Linux Magazine
Editor’s Choice Award in September 2000 and the Chip Magazine “Best
Technique and Winner of the Test” in December 2000.

‘Born on the Internet’ in late 1998, MandrakeSoft established
headquarters in Pasadena (U.S.), Montreal (Canada), England,
Germany and Paris (Europe). Please visit the Web site,
http://www.mandrakesoft.com for more information about

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