Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter–Issue #36

[ Thanks to Phil
for this link. ]


                  M A N D R A K E     L I N U X

          C O M M U N I T Y      N E W S L E T T E R

            Issue #36    Wednesday, 27 March 2002


This Week's Summary: 8.2 Release Follow-up; New Products at 
MandrakeStore; Latest MandrakeClub Activities; Mandrake in the News; 
Website Notices; Headlines from MandrakeForum

Top Story
Last week's launch of Mandrake Linux 8.2 was extremely successful based 
on the amount of traffic reported by the download sites. If you had any 
problems locating a good download mirror, it should be much easier this 
week now that the initial frenzy is over.

For people wanting to burn their own CDs, three ISO9660 image files are 
located in the "iso" directory of the various download sites. ISO 
images are files that can be easily burned to CDs, and each ISO image 
is approximately 650 MBs in size. Only the first image (the Install 
disk) is required, the other two images contain "extra" applications and 
utilities that you might want at a later date.

Check the download page for a list of up-to-date mirrors.
If you don't have the time (or bandwith) to download Mandrake Linux 
8.2, place your order today at MandrakeStore.

What's New at MandrakeStore?
Even the most die-hard Linux users sometimes admit that they miss 
certain Windows applications, viewers or plugins on their Linux 
desktop. Two great software products that solve this dilemma are now 
available at MandrakeStore:

Win4Lin lets Linux users run Windows applications *in* Linux at native 
speeds without any additional hardware or the need to dual boot, 
dramatically improving productivity and reducing hardware and OS 
license upgrade cost.

The CrossOver Plugin delivers a complete web browsing experience by 
making Windows plugins and document viewers compatible with Linux. It 
supports QuickTime 5, Shockwave Director, the Microsoft Office document 
viewers, and more.

Stop by MandrakeStore for more information about these products and 
for other attractive offers in our Third-party Software and Licenses 

33 applications from the Mandrake Linux 8.2 Commercial CDs are now 
available in the Download section of the MandrakeClub website. Some of 
the new additions include:

Black Adder -- Integrated Development Environment
Blender -- 3D modeling/rendering/animation package
Hancom Office -- a full-featured office suite
Netscape 6.2 -- the latest version of the Netscape browser suite
Codeweavers Wine -- allows certain MS-Windows programs to run in Linux

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

Mandrake in the News
Slashdot.org -- Mandrake 8.2 Available.
Slashdot reports on the new release: "Linux Mandrake 8.2 is out! Check 
out the official announcement or head off to your closest mirror to 
grab the ISO images. The release is bound to be amazing, with the 
return of kernel-secure, a 65MB minimum install, hotplug device 
support, encrypted filesystems and more!" 

Website Notices
Thanks to Hendrik-Jan from the Netherlands and Alice from Russia, 
MandrakeLinux.com now supports two new languages: Dutch & Russian. If 
either of these languages are your native tongue, please stop by an 

Dutch -- http://www.linux-mandrake.com/nl/
Russian -- http://www.linux-mandrake.com/ru/

To help with website translations, please email us at 
weblocal@linux-mandrake.com with all the details. Thanks!

Extremely Off Topic
MandrakeSoft employee Jean-Michel Dault reports that last month the 
neighborhood surrounding the MandrakeSoft Montreal office was invaded 
(yet again) by Hollywood film crews. They were shooting scenes for 
"Confessions of a Dangerous Mind", an upcoming film produced by Miramax 
and directed by George Clooney.

The film crew built a section of the Berlin Wall on the adjacent street 
to recreate scenes of East Berlin in 1971. The movie will star Drew 
Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Rutger Hauer, Sam Rockwell, George Clooney, 
Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. Some other films that also used the 
neighborhood include The Score, The Whole Nine Yards, Varian's War, and 
scenes from a couple of Sherlock Holmes movies.

Headlines from MandrakeForum
Mandrake Linux 8.2: Your first impressions.
Tom asks everyone to share their first impressions of 8.2 and quickly 
receives over 200 replies!

Mandrake Linux 8.2: Missing Your Boot Messages?
If your Mandrake Linux system uses the framebuffer on startup, you will 
notice a lack of boot-time messages. Tom describes several ways to 
restore them.

Instructions on how to fix insecure default kdm configuration.
An advisory has been released, MDKSA-2002:025, which details an 
insecure condition with the KDM display manager. Since the fix is so 
simple, Vincent describes how to quickly edit the configuration file.

Have you noticed any problems with 8.2?
If so, this is your chance to tell us so we can add it to the 8.2 
errata. Before submitting a report, please make sure the error is 
reproducible by including all the details. We're mostly interested in 
severe errors such as applications crashing or hanging, major parts of 
the environment not working, etc.

Read these and other stories at MandrakeForum.


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