February 15, 2002

Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter - Issue #30

Author: JT Smith

This Week's Summary: Mandrake Linux 8.2 Beta2 has arrived;
MandrakeSoft's first quarter financial report; New Products at
MandrakeStore; Introduction of "Direct Trading Program" for
MandrakeClub members; MandrakeClub Interview featuring Frédéric Bastok;
Frozen-Bubble has been released!; Business Case of the Week; Request
for Desktop Screenshots; Software Updates; Headlines from MandrakeForum.What's Cookin' at MandrakeSoft?
Beta 2 is out!
The second beta of the upcoming Mandrake Linux 8.2 has been released;
ISO images can be found at the usual download locations:

The normal process for beta-testing is to download the ISO images, burn
the images to CD, then install onto a test system (normally a machine
other than your production system). Make detailed notes about any
problems that were encountered during & after the installation, then
report your observations either to the Cooker mailing list, the
MandrakeExpert website, or to MandrakeForum. We would *especially* like
to receive reports from anyone who has had problems with previous
versions of Mandrake Linux on their equipment.

Read the official announcement at MandrakeForum:
Learn how to become a better beta-tester with these tips from lead
developer Warly:

Financial Corner
MandrakeSoft's first quarter financial results (October 2001 - December
2001) are now available online at:

Product News
Several popular Linux commercial applications can now be purchased
online at MandrakeStore. Choose from the following programs:

* Beeweeb -- A file sharing solution
* Intradat VShop3 MySQL/Linux -- A complete e-commerce package
* Beacon Fax2Send -- Fax software for Linux
* Eurologiciel GICA -- Business Accounting package
* Channel one Intraline -- User-friendly Intranet and Extranet platform
* Codeweavers -- CrossOver Plugin lets you use several Windows plugins
(such as QuickTime, ShockWave Director, MS Office viewers and others)
in a Linux web browser.

View the latest products and place your order at MandrakeStore:


MandrakeSoft introduces a new "Direct Trading Program".
In addition to trading shares on the Euronext Marché Libre and the U.S.
OTC markets, MandrakeSoft now offers a third way to trade MandrakeSoft
securities with a new "Direct Trading Program".

Direct Trading is a convenient way to trade MandrakeSoft shares outside
of the official market by conducting transactions directly with other
participants. For the moment, the "Direct Trading Program" is only
available to MandrakeClub members. Learn more about MandrakeSoft's
Direct Trading Program at:


This week's "members-only" interview features Frédéric Bastok, the head
of MandrakeSoft Research & Development department. The answers to
your most interesting questions will be released next week in the form
of an interview.

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

Application of the Week
Frozen-Bubble has been released!
A new game developed by MandrakeSoft's Guillaume Cottenceau (and with
graphics from two fellow Mandrakians) has been released called
"Frozen-Bubble". This very addictive game has players shooting colorful
bubbles across the gameboard and features 50 unique levels in 1-player
mode; hours of play in 2-player mode; 3 professional quality 20-channel
musical tracks; 15 stereo sound effects; 7 unique graphical transition
effects; and lots more. You need this game : )

Learn more about Frozen-Bubble at the project website which also offers
an interesting "behind the scenes" look at various stages of the game's
development. Packages are available for several distributions including
Mandrake 8.0 & 8.1.

Business Case of the Week
Legambiente ECOPOLIS runs Linux Mandrake 8.x: rock solid and cheap!
An environmental group based in Turin, Italy develops projects &
campaigns for improving the quality of life in their city; they chose
Mandrake 8.x for their busy office of computers.

The network is comprised of several Mandrake workstations including a
rock-solid NFS file server, Squid Proxy server, Print server & Back-up
server. 5 full-time employees and many volunteers use the workstations
for web surfing and personal email management. StarOffice is used as
the productivity suite for everyday tasks (email, word processing,
spreadsheets, ftp, newsletters, etc.). "We've been using this LAN for
seven months and we did not experience any trouble at all" says Daniele

For many more examples of Mandrake in the workplace, please see:

Mandrake Linux Desktop Screenshots
Do you have a great-looking Mandrake desktop that other people are
always "oohing and aahing" about? Share it with the rest of the world
by sending a screenshot to screenshots@linux-mandrake.com. Be creative
and show us how you use Mandrake Linux!

View some cool Mandrake desktops at:

Software Updates
Security-related software updates have been released for:
groff -- fixes buffer overflow
slocate -- fixes segfault

View the complete list at MandrakeSecure.net

Headlines from MandrakeForum
Where Do I Find Linux Games?
"Anonymous" asks for suggestions on how to download & play Linux games
from the Internet; Tom provides provides some helpful links and tips,
and several readers add their suggestions.

8.2 beta testing: Mandrake Linux beta testing organization.
Denis describes in detail how beta testing works at MandrakeSoft. A
good read since Beta2 has just been released.

Is There Still A Place For MUO?
Tom Berger, the webmaster & editor of MandrakeUser.org, has been
wondering if there is still a place for his website or if he should
move on to other things.

MandrakeClub Newsletter -- Issue #2.

Learn about the latest MandrakeClub activities.

Read these and other stories at MandrakeForum


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