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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter -- Issue #84

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Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter

Issue #84 Friday, 24 October 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 9.2 'FiveStar' released!
  • Product News -- 9.2 pre-orders at MandrakeStore
  • What's Cookin' at MandrakeSoft -- 9.2 Beta2 for AMD64; PPC Cooker
  • MandrakeClub -- 9.2 downloads; BitTorrent FAQ; 9.2 Pack discounts
  • Mandrake in the News --; Slashdot;;
  • Awards & Accolades --; 9.2 receives 'Crystal Disk' award
  • Become a 'Mandrake hero' and write a tutorial
  • Website Update -- New languages at
  • Software Updates -- fetchmail, openssl, proftpd, more

Top Story

Mandrake 9.2 'FiveStar' released!

On October 14th, 2003, MandrakeSoft celebrated its five year anniversary by releasing Mandrake Linux 9.2. Help celebrate this new five-star release:

  • Read the complete press release
  • Discover the new & improved features and the new Packs, including the all-new "Discovery" office/multimedia desktop pack
  • MandrakeClub Members and 9.2 contributors can download Mandrake 9.2 ISOs at MandrakeClub. Additionally, Mandrake Club Silver Members and above can download the first three ISO images from the PowerPack.

Product News

Mandrake Linux 9.2 packs can now be pre-ordered at

Pre-order an official 9.2 Pack or DVD at to be among the first to receive it when it begins shipping at the end of October.

Choose from the new Discovery Pack, PowerPack or ProSuite.

What's Cookin' at MandrakeSoft

Mandrake 9.2 Beta2 for AMD64.

A second beta release of Mandrake 9.2 for AMD64 (Athlon64 and Opteron) is now available for testing. Release information and download locations are available here.

PPC Cooker marches on.

MandrakeSoft developer Stew Benedict recently took a look at cooker-ppc to see how usable it was. He says: "Things are a little rough, and Olivier has had some other things to tend to, so PPC fell behind a little bit, but I've currently got a functional PPC system running 9.2/Cooker with KDE and the drak tools."


MandrakeClub Members and 9.2 contributors have been busy downloading Mandrake 9.2 ISOs -- over 10 Terabytes of Mandrake 9.2 ISO images have been downloaded so far!

If you've hit a few snags with BitTorrent, don't worry -- a new 'BitTorrent FAQ' has been posted with some helpful tips and suggestions.

Don't forget -- MandrakeClub members qualify for an immediate 20% discount (25% for Silver Members and above) on Mandrake Linux 9.2 products by pre-ordering now.

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

Mandrake in the News -- FIRST LOOK: Mandrake Linux 9.2 Discovery Edition. The new Mandrake 9.2 Discovery Pack gets a first look by the 'Open For Business' website: "Four release cycles after MandrakeSoft first seriously took aim at the corporate desktop, it is my opinion that they have overwhelmingly succeeded. Mandrake Linux 9.2 exhibits a level of refinement that we have not previously encountered with a GNU/Linux distribution from any developer." Mandrake 9.2 Discovery is a new MandrakeSoft desktop product that focuses on office and multimedia.

A related discussion appeared at Slashdot. -- MP Tanzcos almost a geek. New Zealand Member of Parliament Nandor Tanzcos "likes to get into the source code behind the applications he runs on his Dell laptop computer. Like most alternative IT users, Tanzcos favours open source software and the Linux operating system: 'I'm running Mandrake [a Linux distribution] on my Dell laptop because there are alternatives to products from Microsoft.' Tanzcos says Mandrake is good to use, even if it does mimic the look of Microsoft's Windows, and would like the Government to ditch its use of Microsoft systems and move to Linux." -- The Great Package Management Experiment. Linux Weekly News examines the package management tools in five major binary Linux distributions and concludes: "To conclude this lengthy and time consuming experiment involving package installations and distribution upgrades, we have two clear winners - Debian and Mandrake. Debian is hard to beat when it comes to overall convenience, but Mandrake has made a lot of effort and its urpmi package management and underlying technology has just about succeeded in catching up with Debian's. The other three distributions have a long way to go."

Awards & Accolades -- Mandrakesoft awarded for Club and 9.1.

MandrakeSoft took top honors in OfB's "Open Choice Awards 2003." This award is welcome recognition for all the hard work that went into developing the Mandrake Linux Users Club and the Mandrake Linux 9.1 distribution.

Mandrake Linux 9.2 receives 'Crystal Disk' award.

MandrakeSoft received a rare honor at the International Computer Show Invex 2003 in Brno, Czech Republic when Mandrake Linux 9.2 received the 'Crystal Disk' award. This is a notable success because it's the first time a Linux distribution has received this type of recognition in the Czech Republic. The award also demonstrates the growing acceptance of Linux and Open Source technology not only by technical but also by business circles in CZ.

Become a 'Mandrake hero' and write a Mandrake tutorial

The Mandrake Linux Demo & Tutorial Center has been neglected for quite some time, but graphical tutorials are a great way to help new users and to improve Mandrake visibility. If you've got a favorite short topic and would be willing to write a quick 'Graphical HowTo' with plenty of screenshots, MandrakeSoft would like to speak with you. Please send an email to for all the details.

Website Update

New languages at Several new languages have been added to the website, including:

To volunteer as a website translator for your native language, please send an email to

Software Updates

9.1 software updates have been released for:

  • fetchmail -- fixes DoS vulnerability
  • gdm -- fixes local vulnerabilities
  • gnome-applets -- fixes the Stock Ticker applet
  • openssl -- fixes vulnerabilities
  • mplayer -- fixes buffer overflow vulnerability
  • proftpd -- fixes remote root vulnerability

View the complete list at

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