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|| ||Mandriva Linux Community Newsletter #103|
|| ||Sat, 07 May 2005 01:17:33 -0700|
Mandriva Linux Community Newsletter
Issue # 103 April 29, 2005
Welcome to the Mandriva Linux Community Newsletter -- dedicated to
keeping you up-to-date with the latest Mandriva-related news & info.
Inside this Issue:
* Top News -- Mandrakesoft is dead, long live Mandriva!
* Mandriva Releases -- Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 is available!
* What's happening at Mandriva? -- Mandriva Club name contest held
* Mandriva in the news -- Limited Edition 2005 review at TuxMachines
* Software Update -- Remember - always practice safe Tux!
* Mandriva Stuff -- Get Limited Edition 2005 and more at the Mandriva
Mandrakesoft is dead, long live Mandriva!
The top story this week is the renaming of the company! Following our
merger with Conectiva we decided the new company needed a new name to
reflect its combined heritage, so we combined Mandrake and Conectiva
and came up with Mandriva (pronounced 'man-dree-vuh').
Correspondingly, the distribution becomes Mandriva Linux, the Club
becomes Mandriva Club, and so on. All our addresses will be gradually
changed over the coming weeks, and most of the new ones work already,
so get used to using them! You can read the press release that
announced the new name here.
Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 is available!
After a busy and productive period of testing and final development,
Mandriva Linux Limited Edition 2005 (the release formerly known as
10.2) has been completed and made available! Mandriva Club members
can download both freely redistributable and commercial DVD and CD
images via BitTorrent or HTTP, while the general public can buy a
boxed edition containing both regular and 64 bit DVDs complete with
commercial applications and drivers from the Mandriva Store
( http://store.mandriva.com ) or perform a network installation of
the freely redistributable version from one of our many public FTP
Limited Edition 2005 is a transitional release between the old and
new release schedules and naming systems, but just like any other
Mandriva release it's chock full of new features and new software,
including kernel 220.127.116.11, KDE 3.3.2, GNOME 2.8.2, Firefox 1.0.2 and
more. You can find out more about the new version in the press
You can find out how to get hold of it here.
Mandriva Clustering updated version available
Last issue we told you all about the deployment of Mandriva's
clustering solution on HP's new HPC1 high-performance cluster. The
refinements made to the distribution for this project are now
available to everyone, as they have been included in an updated
version of the Mandriva Linux Clustering solution which is now
available for general purchase. Mandriva Linux Clustering brings
together the best free software clustering tools and Mandriva's
renowned focus on ease of use to create a powerful yet accessible
clustering solution. It includes support for SCI and Infiniband
interconnect technology and the tools included to ease deployment
include PXE and ka-deploy for easy installation across multiple
nodes, urpmi (with its powerful parallel functionality) for simple
software updates across many nodes and drakcluster for easy
administration. You can read more about the features, pricing and
purchasing options of Mandriva Linux Clustering here.
What's happening at Mandriva?
Mandriva Club name contest held
To help spread the new name of the company as far and wide as
possible, the Mandriva Club launched a contest! Club members
submitted their ideas for increasing the spread and use of the new
name, and the lucky grand winner will receive an HP laptop,
pre-loaded with Mandriva Linux. The second prize winner will receive
a GlobeTrotter, the third prize winner will win a copy of Mandriva
Move with a 128MB USB key, and the lucky fourth to tenth prize
winners will have their Club subscriptions extended. In the next
issue, we'll reveal the winning ideas!
Mandriva Club members chat with GaÃ«l Duval
Following the series of Mandriva Club exclusive chats with key people
related to Mandriva, on Tuesday April 26th, GaÃ«l Duval - the
co-founder of Mandriva - chatted with Club members about the name
change, the future direction of the company, the new 2005 release and
more. Club members can read a cleaned-up log of the chat here.
Mandrakelinux 10.1 documentation now available online
For our users who will be sticking with the tested and proven
Mandrakelinux 10.1 release, the official documentation - including
the comprehensive Starter Guide - is now available online! You can
find it on the documentation page, where you will also find the
documentation for previous releases.
Mandriva in the news
Limited Edition 2005 review at TuxMachines
TuxMachines were quick on the draw with the first review of the new
Limited Edition 2005 release, available for your inspection.
What did they think? Well..."The list of included applications and
desktop environments is as always unsurpassed. This release of
Mandriva is definitely a step in the right direction for
Mandrivalinux. I was impressed by the speed of operations and the
stability of the system. I haven't felt this good about a
Mandrake/Mandriva release in a long time. One might miss the bleeding
edge applications until they work within this new stable release, then
one can appreciate the effort Mandriva is making eliminate bugs and
provide a reliable system." Just what we were hoping for!
NewsForge review of Limited Edition 2005
Following hot on the heels of TuxMachines, NewsForge have also got out
a review of Limited Edition 2005, and they loved it as well! "Mandriva
Linux Limited Edition 2005 is a superb commercial desktop
distribution, and perhaps the finest choice for first-time GNU/Linux
users. It has all of the necessary desktop software, plus alternate
desktop environments and window managers for those who want to try
out other interfaces." You can read the whole review here.
LinuxPlanet interviews GaÃ«l Duval
Following the change of name, popular site LinuxPlanet caught up with
Mandriva co-founder GaÃ«l Duval to ask a few questions about the
decisions behind the name change, the reasons behind the merge with
Conectiva and the possible fruits of the union, and the new Limited
Edition 2005 release. You can find the interview here.
Remember - always practice safe Tux!
Just as in life, it pays to be vigilant in Linux. Mandriva is always
on the lookout for possible security updates to Mandriva products,
and these are available to all users. We encourage everyone to run
the Mandriva Update security tool regularly to keep their machine as
safe as possible! In addition to Mandriva Update, you can make doubly
sure your machine is secure around the clock with Mandriva Online, our
automated notification and update service. The new Limited Edition
2005 will be receiving security updates just like any other release,
and previous releases back to Mandrakelinux 10.0 are still supported
with fixes, so make sure to update your machine! Recent updates
include important packages like cdrecord, MySQL and KDE.
Get Limited Edition 2005 and more at the Mandriva Store
Now the new version of Mandriva is out, remember the perfect place to
get it - the Mandriva Store! Here you'll find a box set of Limited
Edition 2005 containing both regular and 64-bit editions on DVD for
just 59,00EUR or US$65. You don't even have to wait for the box to
arrive - buying a box set allows you to immediately access a
downloadable version to test out while you wait. Of course, there's
much more available at the store, like the budget DVD version of
Mandrakelinux Powerpack 10.1 for just US$54.90. Don't delay, buy
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