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Mandrake Linux 8.2 Released for Downloading

26 March 2002

Mandrake Linux has released its latest offering, the Mandrake Linux 8.2 operating system (OS) distribution for downloading. Along with Caldera, Red Hat, and SuSE, Mandrake is one of the four leading Linux OS distributions

Mandrake Linux 8.2 includes the Linux 2.4.18 kernel. You cannot buy the shiny, shrink-wrapped package at retail stores yet, but you can download it from the Mandrake FTP site, or one of its mirror sites, now. Boxed product should be available by the end of April, 2002.

According to the Mandrake Linux 8.2 Press Release and other Mandrake information, Mandrake Linux 8.2 includes both the GNOME 1.4.1 and KDE (K Desktop Environment) 2.2.2 windows-like desktops.

Mandrake 8.2 also includes Ximian's Evolution 1.02 -- a desktop, Outlook-like, e-mail client and personal information manager. Sun's new StarOffice 6.0 desktop office productivity suite is included with the Mandrake 8.2 ProSuite and PowerPack Editions.

Emphasis on desktop here, folks. Looks as though the Linux desktop is live and well in Mandrake Linux 8.2.

The new KDE 2.2.2 desktop features an improved Konqueror browser and file manager, an improved KOffice 1.1.1 office suite, and an improved print system. And for you Mozilla fans, Mandrake Linux 8.2 ships with Mozilla 0.9.8.

We have not checked Mandrake Linux 8.2 yet. However, here are excerpts of a Mandrake Press Release announcing the availability of Mandrake Linux 8.2.

Mandrake Linux 8.2: Solid server, Friendly desktop.

Altadena, CA - March 18, 2002 - MandrakeSoft, the premier publisher of the popular award-winning Linux-Mandrake operating system, today announced Mandrake Linux 8.2. . . .

New server features include the ability to use an encrypted file system for protecting sensitive data; "kernel-secure" adds important security features to the default Linux kernel; and an "Enterprise" kernel delivers SMP (Symmetric Multi Processing) and Hi-memory support (above 1024 MB) for high-end servers. Mandrake Linux 8.2 also introduces a quick and efficient way to set up printers and scanners; a new file sharing feature for easily sharing files and directories in a networked environment; and improved "hot-plug" support that allows users to install new devices quickly and painlessly without having to reboot the system. A new remote desktop utility, RFBdrake, is extremely useful for controlling machines remotely within a LAN or securely through the Internet.

New desktop features include a completely redesigned Mandrake Control Center that serves as a central location for Mandrake-specific tools and utilities, as well as many new configuration wizards. Desktop users will appreciate the task-oriented menus in GNOME and KDE, which greatly simplify locating applications by categorizing them into common "tasks".

MandrakeFirstTime is an easy-to-use wizard that helps setup a desktop environment (KDE, GNOME, etc.), choose a theme and configure email settings. DrakNet, the Internet connection and network utility, efficiently helps users configure all types of network connections, from common dial-up modems to DSL and cable connections.

The reworked version of MSEC, a utility for configuring the security level of a machine (Standard, High, Highest, Paranoid), is more powerful than ever. Also included are the latest stable versions of KDE and GNOME which both offer some great new features and applications such as anti-aliased fonts and Evolution (an Outlook-like email client and personal information manager). StarOffice 6.0 is included with the ProSuite and PowerPack Editions.

"With version 8.2, Mandrake Linux proves that it is the ultimate Linux experience. This new release is the result of our four-year commitment to providing the best operating system ever. Mandrake Linux has long been the preferred Linux distribution for individuals, but Mandrake 8.2 marks a new step in our penetration of the corporate environment. The features and unparalleled ease of use make 8.2 an incredibly efficient and affordable alternative to UNIX and Windows 2000" said Jacques Le Marois, CEO of MandrakeSoft.

Core System Components

· Kernel 2.4.18

· Improved Firewire support

· Support for USB2, ECC memory, i830 DRM, ATA133, Geforce3

· XFree86 4.2 provides 3D acceleration for many video cards previously only supported in 3.3.6

· Glibc 2.2.4

Software and Applications

· Apache 1.3.23

· PHP 4.1.2

· MySQL 3.23.47

· PostgreSQL 7.2

· Sendmail 8.12.1

· Postfix 20010228

· Staroffice 6.0 is the latest version of the famous Office Suite that boasts integrated creativity and productivity tools, improved interoperability with Microsoft Office files, support for XML file formats, and improved international support.

· Evolution 1.02 is a full-featured personal information manager and advanced E-mail client. Evolution provides the best features in its class.

· KDE 2.2.2 and GNOME 1.4.1 -- Enjoy the latest versions of these popular desktop environments. KDE 2.2.2 includes a new print system, which has been integrated with PrinterDrake; GNOME 1.4.1 includes Evolution to closely match the features and look of MS-Outlook.

Mandrake Linux 8.2 is currently available for x86 processors, and will soon also be available for the PPC platform.

To find out more about Mandrake Linux 8.2, please visit

Pre-orders are now being accepted for the Mandrake Linux 8.2 ProSuite and PowerPack Editions at

Or download your copy today at

Mandrake Club members are entitled to download proprietary drivers and commercial software for 8.2 . . .

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