July 24, 2001

Mandrake-Linux Community Newsletter #7

Author: JT Smith

This Week's Summary: CNET analysis of MandrakeSoft's IPO; PPC "Release Candidate" available
soon; Spotlight on the Clara OCR Free Software project; Business Case of the Week;
Security-related software updates; MandrakeForum headlines. Mandrake in the News
CNET provides
an analysis of MandrakeSoft's Initial Public Offering: -- French Linux company braves IPO
waters -- "When I look at the consolidation of the Linux market, I think MandrakeSoft is one of
the few companies that will survive, even though Red Hat has become the de facto standard for

What's Cooking at MandrakeSoft?
Mandrake Linux PPC "Release Candidate" available soon. The final Mandrake Linux PPC beta
will soon be released; this is your last chance to test this new port of Mandrake Linux 8.0 and
report any bugs and/or suggestions. The Release Candidate contains the following changes from
the previous beta: * Improved modem detection. * Reworked CD boot scheme to accommodate
newer machines. * Post-install X configuration via XFdrake. * Reworked installer to accommodate
"OldWorld" machines and alternate bootloader setups. * Reworked installer to accommodate
complicated partition map setups. * Security updates. * Added kernel 2.4.4 with PPC specific
patches for video drivers. * Patched xmms for wave/mp3 files. * Many other changes based on
Beta user feedback.

For information on how to get involved, please see the PPC Beta FAQ:

Spotlight on the Clara OCR Free Software project
One of the many exciting Free Software
projects that MandrakeSoft sponsors is Clara OCR. Clara OCR is a free (GPL) Optical Character
Recognition program for Linux/Unix. It features a powerful GUI and a web interface for cooperative
digitalization of printed materials. Clara OCR development started in 1999 and is approaching
production level.

Everyone is invited to test Clara OCR and participate in the project. To learn more about Clara
OCR, please visit the website at http://www.claraocr.org/ where you can view screenshots, read
the FAQ and online tutorial. The project's announcement page is also available.

Business Case of the Week
is becoming a consultant's dream." A computer consultant recommends Mandrake Linux to his
clients for gateways, DNS, email, web, FTP and database duties: "Every site that called me with a
problem today was running IIS+Windows on their LAN and had contracted the Code Red Worm. I
have sites still running their original Mandrake 6.0 installation (plus updates), and they only ever
call me for problems with the few remaining Windows workstations on their LAN, or for hardware

Read many more examples of Mandrake Linux in the workplace at:

If you use MandrakeSoft products in your business, please share your story by submitting your
own personal "Bizcase".

Software Updates
software updates have been released for Tripwire and OpenSSL. See the entire list at:

Top Stories of the Week from MandrakeForum
Ximian Gnome for Mandrake 8.0. A
reader writes: "Does anyone know the status of Ximian Gnome and Mandrake 8.0? I have been
watching Ximian's web site and they said that a port was being worked on. I have also seen
messages over the last couple of months with no replies. Is this a project that Mandrake is working
on or is it low on the list for the Ximian folks?"


MandrakeSoft IPO confirmed. Jacques Le Marois (CEO of MandrakeSoft) makes an important
announcement: "I am proud to announce that we have received the "Visa COB" yesterday
evening to go public on the French Marché Libre. We will be listed on the market July 30th.
Mandrakesoft will be the first Linux company listed in Europe on a public market."

IDE-RAID for Mandrake 8.0. A user asks for advice about IDE-RAID controllers that work with
Mandrake 8.0. Civileme responds with some helpful tips & links, and several users share their

How would YOU advertise Linux for the Desktop? Putting Linux on a server instead of
windows is a "no-brainer": a Linux box will provide everything that a Windows box can, and
more, for a fraction of cost and no one except the system administrator knows what runs on a
server machine anyway. But, how would YOU make people switch over from Windows to Linux?

APT vs. URPMI article at Linux.com. Linux.com provides a brief article comparing the software
package management applications URPMI and APT. It's worth reading, if for nothing else than the
description of the "auto-select" feature of urpmi.

Fun with regular expressions. "It's dark and rainy day, and Civileme just came for a
"bug-reports" chat before Cider-bust party. As usually, this brought up some really weird facts,
and I'm sure you are going to LOVE this one:"

Which Mandrake product should be used for a server? An anonymous user writes "I am setting
up an Internet server that will act as a web, ftp, smtp, etc server and I was curious as to which
Mandrake product would work best for this."

Ad blocker for Linux??? Several readers submit very good ideas for blocking advertisements
while surfing the Web.

Windows2000/NT and Mandrake 8.0 on the same disk. Users describe how to manage two,
three, and even four operating systems on the same PC.

Read these and other stories at:

Latest headlines from the Linux-Mandrake Demo & Tutorial Center
A tutorial about the Mandrake
Software Manager has been translated into Spanish and is now available:



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