Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter — Issue #25

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              Issue #25    Tuesday, 8 January 2002

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


This Week's Summary: MandrakeSoft three-year anniversary; 8.1 ProSuite 
Gold Edition now available; Mandrake Linux for IBM eServer xSeries; 
Upcoming LinuxWorld Expos in New York & Paris; MandrakeClub Membership 
Announcement; Mandrake in the News; Business Case of the Week; 
Spotlight on Evolution 1.0; Software Updates; Headlines from MandrakeForum

Top Story
MandrakeSoft celebrates three-year anniversary.
Mandrake Linux was created in 1998 with the goal of making Linux easier 
to use for everyone. At that time, Linux was known as a powerful 
operating system that required strong technical expertise; MandrakeSoft 
saw this as an ideal opportunity to integrate the best graphical 
desktop environments and contribute its own graphical configuration 
utilities which quickly set the standard in ease-of-use and 

Thanks to loyal customers and a great community of supporters and 
contributors, in only three years MandrakeSoft has dramatically grown 
from zero market share to become one of the most widely used Linux 
distributions in the world -- even gaining market share over 
traditional OS vendors. A recent press release shows impressive 
statistics from both the US and Europe.

A special thanks to everyone who supported us in these first three 
years; we plan on having many more happy and interesting times in the 

Product News
Mandrake Linux 8.1 ProSuite Gold Edition is now available.
MandrakeSoft's newest product is designed to satisfy the requirements 
of even the most demanding enterprises.

The 8.1 ProSuite Gold Edition features 13 CDs including:
* Two Installation CDs with the latest security updates
* Two Installation CDs for Intel's Itanium Processor IA64
* Two special Server CDs
* One DVD
* Two comprehensive manuals
* Subscription for two Update CDs containing security and update fixes.
* Extended Server Support which covers installation and configuration 
of the operating system and key services (Apache, Postfix, Samba, FTP 
and SSH) for one complete year.

Anyone requiring fast and reliable servers will find everything they 
need in the Mandrake Linux 8.1 ProSuite Gold Edition. This package is 
available only at MandrakeStore for $1900 US, including taxes and 


MandrakeSoft Ships Linux for IBM eServer xSeries.
MandrakeSoft has successfully tested Mandrake Linux 8.1 on IBM xSeries 
servers at IBM's Solution Partnership Centre in Essone, near Paris. 
Mandrake Linux 8.1 currently supports eServer xSeries models x300, 
x330, x340, x370, x200 and x220 and the Netfinity 6000R, Netfinity 
4500R and Netfinity 5100. Testing is also currently underway on IBM's 
64-bit Itanium based server the eServer x380.

For more information, please see the press release.

Upcoming Events
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo -- New York City and Paris.
The LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is a perfect opportunity to 
evaluate, learn, network, discover, explore and experience Linux/Open 
Source products and services first hand. Conferences will be held in 
New York City (Jacob Javits Center) and Paris (CNIT - Paris La Défense) 
from January 29-February 1, 2002; and the Exposition is January 30 
through February 1, 2002. MandrakeSoft will be participating in both 
events, so please come by and meet us!

Receive a FREE Exhibit Pass to the New York Expo by registering on-line 
 before January 14th with the priority code "LWGEN" (no quotes).
The Exhibit Pass is valid Jan. 30 - Feb. 1 and includes:
* Three days of exhibits
* Keynotes
* Feature Presentation
* Birds-of-a-Feather Meetings

For details, please consult http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/


Receive a FREE Exhibit Pass to the Paris LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 
by registering online. Jacques LeMarois, CEO of MandrakeSoft, will be conducting a keynote 
session at the Paris show. For details, please see http://www.linuxexpoparis.com.

MandrakeSoft is happy to announce that last week the MandrakeClub 
signed up its 1000th member: Mark Button from Wigan, GB. We're off to a 
great start; we look forward to announcing the 10000th member.

If you haven't yet joined MandrakeClub, now is the perfect opportunity 
because Denis Havlik is back from the holidays and he's ready to get 
things rocking!

Mandrake in the News
The "Linux is Freedom Endeavor" (L.I.F.E.) rates Mandrake as the best 
Linux distribution for new users:

"When stacked up against the rest, Mandrake took the prize hands down. 
We found its ease of install (both OS and packages), level of support 
and packages to be much more closely geared to new users and home users 
than any of the others that we evaluated." 

Business Case of the Week
School district uses Mandrake Linux to manage student printers.
Tom Loscheider, an IT consultant for several school districts in 
Northern Minnesota, solves print problems and saves taxpayers thousands 
of dollars by deploying Mandrake with Webmin and CUPS:

"We put Mandrake 8.0 on an abandoned Pentium 166 box, installed 
Netatalk to give the Macintoshes access to Linux printers and SAMBA for 
Windows clients, configured the CUPS printing system and we were in 
business. It took about an hour and a half from booting the install CD 
to printing from the first client. The Mandrake machine, using Webmin 
and the CUPS software can be managed over the network with any web 
browser. Deleting qued documents, taking a printer offline, etc, are 
all done over the network. Easy stuff."

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

Spotlight on Evolution 1.0
Great news that should help the progress of Linux in corporate 
environments: In early December, Ximian, Inc. announced the 
availability of Evolution 1.0. Evolution is an email and personal 
information manager that features a calendar, address book, and task 
list built under the GNOME desktop environment. 

Evolution 1.0 provides:
* Powerful Email Handling:
* Flexible Calendaring and Collaboration
* Integrated Information management
* An additional "Pilot" package that provides built-in synchronization
  for keeping data up-to-date with Palm handheld devices.

The following packages, located on Cooker mirrors, work in Mandrake 8.1:
* evolution-1.0-2mdk.i586.rpm
  (dependencies: GConf-1.0.7-1mdk.i586.rpm,
  gtkhtml-1.0.0-2mdk.i586.rpm, libcapplet1-1.5.11-1mdk.i586.rpm,
  libdb3.3-3.3.11-5mdk.i586.rpm, libgal18-0.18.1-1mdk.i586.rpm,
  libGConf1-1.0.7-1mdk.i586.rpm, libgtkhtml20-1.0.0-2mdk.i586.rpm)
* evolution-pilot-1.0-2mdk.i586.rpm -- optional
  (dependency: libgnome-pilot1-0.1.64-3mdk.i586.rpm)

Learn more about Evolution (with some nice screenshots).

Software Updates
Security-related software updates have been released for:
wu-ftpd -- updated package for IA64
apache -- updated package for IA64

View the complete list.

Top Stories from MandrakeForum
Tom introduces his software "Pick of the Month":
"Krusader is a no nonsense file manager of the old and veritable Norton 
Commander school, complete with archiving support, FTP, 
and then some."

Getting Rid Of Windows For Linux.
This is the type of story that we love to hear: A user requests 
information on how to remove the Windows partition of a dual-boot 
system so that the entire disk can be dedicated to Linux.

Read these and other stories at MandrakeForum.


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