May 24, 2002

Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter - Issue #43

This Week's Summary: StarOffice 6.0 Officially Released; Spotlight on
MandrakeExpert; MandrakeClub Activities; Website of the Week
(; Online Survey; Ximian GNOME for Mandrake 8.2; Mandrake
in the News; Website Updates; Software Updates; Headlines from
StarOffice 6.0 Officially Released
Sun has officially released commercial pricing for the StarOffice 6.0 
office suite. MandrakeClub members who downloaded the OEM version, and 
Mandrake 8.2 PowerPack/ProSuite owners, can now take advantage of many 
Sun online resources such as:

    * Online documentation
    * Discussion groups
    * Training courses

If you have a problem installing or using StarOffice, the OEM license 
entitles you to one free support incident provided by Sun. And 
remember, StarOffice 6.0 can be installed onto as many as five 
individual workstations or PCs, to give you the flexibility to run the 
software on multiple machines at work, at home... wherever you want.

Reminder: Mandrake 8.2 with StarOffice 6.0 is available right now for 
order at MandrakeStore:

Or, subscribe to the Mandrake Club as a "Silver" member (and above) and 
get instant access to StarOffice 6.0 for Linux:

Spotlight on MandrakeExpert
Looking for Mandrake Linux support? MandrakeExpert is the official 
online support forum for Mandrake Linux users. 200 experts are 
available to help resolve your problem and answer any questions. These 
experts aren't just people sitting at a help desk reading answers off a 
script, but real experts who use Linux every day.

Stop by and ask a question. It's free! Users also have the option of 
paying for a support incident to receive a guaranteed response within a 
specific timeframe.

If you're already a Linux guru, sign up as an expert and answer the 
questions that people ask. Watch your ratings grow!  Each month, one 
main prize, plus ten runner-up prizes are awarded to the highest-ranked 
experts. Learn all the details:

The most popular downloads are:

  * Codeweavers Wine
  * Real Player
  * Macromedia Flash Player
  * Crossover Plugin  
  * Opera browser
  * NVidia GLX
  * Netscape  
  * Acroread Netscape Plugin

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

Website of the Week
The Penguin Liberation Front ( is an unofficial archive of 
software packages that can not be included in the Mandrake Linux 
distribution for legal reasons (such as copyright/licenses/patents, 
etc.). This independent site is maintained by Mandrake users and 
contains goodies such as DVD players which play encrypted DVD movies in 
Linux, multimedia apps, and lots more. Instructions for accessing the 
packages with urpmi are also provided on the website.

Disclaimer: Sites featured in "Website of the Week" are provided for 
your convenience only and do not constitute an endorsement by 
MandrakeSoft. Check your local laws for any restrictions or limitations 
regarding the use of the applications.

Online Survey
Should Source RPMs (SRPMs) be included in the PowerPack?

* No, SRPMs are a waste of space.
* Yes, SRPMs are an essential part of the PowerPack
* Who cares?

Cast your vote in the Voting Booth and check the results:

Ximian GNOME for Mandrake 8.2
Ximian GNOME has been released for Mandrake 8.2.
"Ximian" is a commercial software & services company that produces a 
customized version of the popular GNOME desktop -- "The Ximian 
Desktop". People who are interested in updating their Mandrake systems 
with Ximian GNOME should be aware that the download can be quite large 
(up to 200MB), and that it replaces the standard GNOME desktop.

For more information about Ximian GNOME and download locations, see:

MandrakeForum also has an article on the new release:

Mandrake in the News
---------------------------------------- --  Mandrake 8.2 offers the easiest installation ever.
Joe Barr installs the 8.2 Powerpack on a Sony Vaio laptop computer and 
concludes: "It went on like warm butter on a hot biscuit."

"In less than an hour I had Mandrake to go, ready to go. A completely 
equipped laptop with all the tools I need for work or play. Internet 
ready, to boot."

-- -- A step-by-step guide to installing Mandrake 8.2.
Nick Davis, the and editor, posts a very 
informative beginner's guide to installing Mandrake 8.2 on a PC.

"All you need is a PC, a CD burner, an Internet connection, and some 
time to join the Mandrake club... Wow. This has been painless, and it 
will continue to be so. The folks at Mandrake did a great job creating 
a simple, user-friendly installation. Now that the file-copying is 
complete, we can whiz right on through the rest of the installation 
process, and get our new Mandrake box booted up."

-- -- Mandrake 8.2 is boring, in the best way.
Robin "Roblimo" Miller describes his experience installing the 8.2 

"Less than an hour after my review copy of Mandrake 8.2 Powerpack 
arrived, I had everything up and running, including my printer, 
wireless connection, and StarOffice, along with Mozilla and a number of 
popular plugins... This is the best Mandrake yet. Just like that. Now 
I'm going to stop typing and go watch some Quicktime movie trailers, 
Yes, a trial edition of the justifiably famous Crossover "run Windows 
browser plugins in Linux" program is included, as are trial versions of 
many other interesting commercial programs for Linux.

Website Updates
---------------------------------------- has a new Offline Archive available for download.
Tom Berger adds: "Replacing the older archives is strongly recommended 
since this version contains many fixes and updates."

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

tcpdump -- fixes buffer overflows
fileutils -- fixes race condition
iptables -- temporary fix for iptables NAT/ICMP information leak 

View the complete list at:

Headlines from MandrakeForum
Killing Spam With Spamassassin.
If you're sick of spam, "Spamassassin" could be the ideal solution. 
Mandrake user 'fischerz' describes how to install and configure this 
spam killer.

Installing The Netscape Browser on Mandrake Linux
Tom provides step-by-step instructions on installing the latest 
Netscape release in Mandrake 8.2.

LinuxJournal Reviews Linux DVD Players.
Tom opens a discussion about DVD players that work in Linux; readers 
contribute their own suggestions and experiences.

German Linux Campus Portal goes online.
Denis writes: "As promised at CEBIT, our German training partners have 
opened a German Linux Campus portal. Thanks to this new site, all the 
Linux Campus related information, including the description of the 
courses, schedule, prices and online booking in whole Germany can be 
found and booked on one place:!"

Too many applications?
Does the distribution contain too many applications? Are you missing a 
favorite application from the 8.2 PowerPack or from the Download 
Edition? This story explains why certain software was removed from the 
CDs (Download & PowerPack) and how to install the additional 

Read these and other stories at MandrakeForum



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