July 19, 2002

Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter #51

This Week's Summary: Mandrake/Microtel systems at WalMart.com; Mandrake
in the News; Financial Corner; Latest MandrakeClub Activities; Business
Case of the Week; Software Updates; Headlines from MandrakeForum.
Top Story
New Mandrake/Microtel systems now at WalMart.com.
WalMart.com has released a range of PCs that come pre-loaded with the 
Mandrake Linux 8.2 operating system. These new Mandrake/Microtel 
systems are pre-installed with hundreds of the best Open Source 
applications *plus* the complete StarOffice® 6.0 office suite.
Read the complete announcement at MandrakeSoft.com:

The new systems range from a 900MHz Duron with 128MB RAM for $391, up 
to a 2.0GHz Pentium 4 with 256MB RAM for $648. See the "Desktop PC" 
section of WalMart.com for all the details:

Mandrake in the News
Several news outlets covered the WalMart.com story, including:

Newsforge.com -- Mandrake PCs are now online at Walmart.com.
"NewsForge broke the news last month that Microtel was putting together 
Mandrake-Linux PCs for Walmart.com, the online division of the giant 
American retailer. If you were beginning to think those PCs were never 
going to make their way online, you were wrong. As of Sunday evening, 
they're online in the desktop computer section of Walmart.com."

Slashdot.org -- Mandrake Hits Wal-Mart(.com)
"So now walmart.com customers seeking a pre-installed Free OS aren't 
limited to Lindows. I wonder if any Wal-Mart manager is brave enough to 
actually set up a few machines in-store."


TuxReports.com -- Ximian Desktop Installer, Red Carpet, and MoneyTalk.
TuxReports has a nice overview of the Ximian installer (with plenty of 
screenshots) which the author used with Mandrake Linux 8.2:
"Earlier I wrote about using the Ximian Desktop go-gnome installer to 
download and install Ximian Desktop onto a Mandrake Linux 8.2 box. Now, 
I'd like to share some of the images as well as some thoughts about the 
script, red carpet, and moneytalk."

Financial Corner
The "MandrakeSoft Shareholder Newsletter" for June 19th has been 
released. This latest edition discusses the Company's consolidated 
results for the first half of fiscal year 2001/2002. Highlights 
   * an increase in revenue of 36%
   * an increase in gross margins
   * cost-cutting measures have reduced losses by half

Increase of capital continues.
MandrakeSoft board members recently voted to extend the Warrants (BSA) 
operation until August 14th. The extension will provide extra time to 
shareholders - particularly foreign investors - who would like to
participate but need additional time to finalize their subscriptions. 
If you would like to become a company shareholder, there's still time 
to act.

More about Club RPMs
"The recent proposal for an interactive system where Club members can 
ask for RPMs, and volunteers may build them, has apparently hit the 
right note: The interest of both club members and volunteers has been 
above expectations, and it looks as if everyone has 'just been waiting 
for something like this'." The following article provides a summary of 
what's happening with the idea right now, and the first draft of a 
club-RPMs FAQ.

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

Business Case of the Week
Education/Research: Mandrake used for PROIMES project.
The 'PROIMES' project is sponsored by the Secretary of Science and 
Technology in Argentina. The project was created to work with small and 
medium-sized companies and the government to decrease costs and improve 
productivity. To reach this objective, they now use Free Software and 
provide training and education.

Pedro Marcelo Di Santi, Coordinator of PROIMES, writes: "Our interest 
in Mandrake started when we were using version 7.0. Since then, we have 
replaced our other systems, because Mandrake is the only one that 
provides an acceptable result for the end user."

Every "bizcase" counts; please share your story by submitting it to 

Software Updates
Software updates have been released for:

lsb -- New lsb packages provide LSB 1.2 compliance

View the complete list at:

Headlines from MandrakeForum
Linux Journal's 2002 Readers Choice poll.
The Annual Linux Journal "Readers Choice poll" is officially underway 
and waiting for your votes!!! Topics include Favorite Distribution, 
Favorite Desktop Environment, Favorite Word Processor, Favorite E-mail 
Client, and lots more.

Internal PCI Modems.
Mandrake user 'Wakey' asks: "Does anybody know if a driver exists for 
the US Robotics 56K Voice Internal PCI Modem?" Tom points out many 
resources for good information about this and related topics.

PengAOL (AOL Client for Linux) pre-compiled for Mandrake Linux 8.2.
An Anonymous reader discusses 'PengAOL' -- an AOL client for Linux.

X, Window Managers, Desktop Environments? Oh my ...
Tom provides a very informative overview of the Graphical User 
Interface used with Linux.

Read these and other stories at MandrakeForum.


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