Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter — Issue #52

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               Issue #52    Thursday,  25 July 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: 9.0 Beta 1 Has Been Released; What's New at 
MandrakeStore?; Upcoming LinuxWorld Expo; Financial Corner; The Latest 
MandrakeClub Activities; Software Updates; Headlines from MandrakeForum.

Top Story
Mandrake Linux 9.0 Beta 1 is now available!
The first Beta of the upcoming Mandrake Linux 9.0 for x86 is now 
available for download & testing. Everyone is invited to participate as 
a Beta tester.

 * Read the official announcement
 * Join the discussion at MandrakeForum

Mandrake Linux 9.0 DVD Special for Beta testers
Mandrake Linux beta-testers, this one is for you!
Pre-order the Mandrake Linux 9.0 DVD Edition today at a special price, 
and receive as a free summertime gift your own Mandrake Cap.

Also, all the Mandrake goodies are now shipping to U.S. residents.
Choose from:
 * The Official Mandrake Cap (20% off for Club members!)
 * The Mandrake CD Holder
 * Mandrake "SuperTux" T-shirt

Stop by today and see what's new at MandrakeStore.

Upcoming Event
Summertime has arrived -- this means preparations are being made for 
the upcoming LinuxWorld Conference & Expo which will be held in San 
Francisco, CA from August 13-15, 2002. The LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 
is a great opportunity to discover, evaluate, learn, network and 
experience Linux/Open Source products and services first hand. 
MandrakeSoft will of course be attending, so please make sure to stop 
by and see us if you will be at this year's show.

For all the details, please see the official website.

Financial Corner
MandrakeSoft recently announced that the company's financial status has 
vastly improved. As reported in the latest Shareholder's Newsletter, 
the company is "solidly on track" to becoming a profitable company by 
year's end.

The 3rd Quarter financial results show that:
 * Income is up by 33% compared to the same quarter one year ago.
 * Losses are just one quarter (25%) of last year's numbers

Everyone at MandrakeSoft would like to thank the entire community -- and
especially MandrakeClub members -- who helped us reach this point.

A new story has been posted at MandrakeClub.com which details a unique 
way for Club members to become company shareholders -- now with only a 
50 share minimum. Learn all the details, plus other important news at:


RPM voting script (version 0.2) is now online.
A few days ago, Denis spoke about a new "voting interface" for RPM 
requests. Thanks to Olivier, the first version is now online. The new 
interface lets everyone easily see which RPMs are heavily requested, 
and which ones aren't.

Buchan Milne, Austin Acton, and David Abileira Freijeiro have already 
started using the system, and as a result, 9 applications are already 
in the "testing" phase, and 13 more are "in progress".

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

Software Updates
Security-related software updates have been released for:

squid -- fixes multiple vulnerabilities

View the complete list at MandrakeSecure.net.

Headlines from MandrakeForum
Ogg Vorbis goes 1.0 - and crushes competition.
MandrakeSoft developer 'Guillaume Cottenceau' writes about an upcoming 
feature in Mandrake 9.0:
"You probably heard that Ogg Vorbis, the famous free software and 
patent-free audio compression utility, finally reached final 1.0 
version on Fri 19 Jul. You can already enjoy it if you run the Cooker - 
well, actually, "enjoy" is too weak a word to describe the meaning of 
this release.

Sunday news avalanche.
Deno writes about various news stories that make for some interesting 
reading, including:
 *  Rasterman Says Desktop Linux is Dead
 *  Suse clarifies what United Linux is all about.
 *  An article that nicely summarizes "Lindows"
 *  Newsforge reports on MandrakeSoft's Q3 revenue

Inkjet Printer Recommendation.
Mandrake Linux user 'gfranken' shares his experience of shopping for 
a Linux-compatible ink-jet printer. Several readers offer their own 

Read these and other stories at MandrakeForum.

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