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Great News for Mandrake Linux Fans

Mandrake Linux Hits the Big One-Zero!

Mandrake 10.0 Available

Based on new 2.6 Linux kernel!

Mike Angelo -- 5 March 2004 (C)

To learn why Linux is so much a better choice than is Microsoft Windows, please see our article Gaël Duval Tells Why Mandrake Linux Is Better Than MS Windows

To learn how to run MS Windows-based software and accessories in GNU-Linux, please see our article Crossover Office 2.1 Runs MS Windows Software on GNU-Linux Systems

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Gimp Note: The Gimp 1.2.5 is the latest end-user version. However, Gimp 2.0 is just about to be released and pre-2.0 Gimp editions now are available. Gimp 2.0 is a great improvement over Gimp 1.2.x. MozillaQuest Magazine recommends that you upgrade to the latest pre-2.0 Gimp version, and Gimp 2.0 when it is released. The Gimp 1.3.x developer versions are a good preview of Gimp 2.0. We have an overview of the Gimp article and three Gimp tutorials based on Gimp 1.3. These Gimp articles should give you a pretty good feel of the upcoming Gimp 2.0.

MandrakeSoft co-founder Gaël Duval announces, "Mandrakelinux 10.0 Community has just been released!"

In his 4 March 2004 announcement, Gaël Duval notes, "It's the first major Linux distribution to ship with Linux 2.6. It also provides many new features such as "MagicDev", Mandrake galaxy II and others . . . Mandrakelinux 10.0 Official will be released later, in May."

According to the Mandrake 10.0 press release, "Mandrakelinux 10.0 marks the beginning of a re-energized drive by Mandrakesoft to achieve worldwide Linux adoption. We believe that Mandrakelinux 10.0 will be seen as the perfect example of a Linux product that individuals and corporations need to migrate away from proprietary operating systems", declared François Bancilhon, CEO of Mandrakesoft.

We have not tried Mandrake 10.0 yet. However, Mandrake 9.x already was a Linux distribution that out of the box was very suitable for migrating from Microsoft Windows to Linux. Looking over the information about Mandrake 10.0 and adding that to our hands-on experiences with Mandrake 9.x, François Bancilhon's declaration seems to be right on mark. Please see our article Gaël Duval Tells Why Mandrake Linux Is Better Than MS Windows.

According to the Mandrake Linux 10.0 features Web page, Mandrake 10.0 includes:

  • Linux Kernel 2.6.3
  • XFree86 4.3
  • Glibc 2.3.3 with Native POSIX Threads Library (NPTL) support
  • GCC 3.3.2
  • Apache 2.0.48
  • Samba 3.0.2
  • MySQL 4.0.18
  • ProFTPD 1.2.9
  • Postfix 2.0.18
  • OpenSSH 3.6.1p2
  • KDE 3.2
  • GNOME 2.4.2
  • IceWM 1.2.13
  • OpenOffice.org 1.1
  • KOffice 1.3.7
  • Gnumeric 1.2.6
  • Mozilla 1.6
  • The GIMP 1.2.5
  • XMMS 1.2.9

A word of caution, if you are using a pre-Pentium level system you are out of luck. According to a note on the Mandrake Linux 10.0 features Web page, "Mandrakelinux 10.0 is optimized for Pentium and higher processors (and compatibles), and therefore does not run on earlier x86 processors."

Mandrake Linux 10.0 currently is available on DVD for $60 from MandrakeSoft, or for downloading by Mandrake Club members.

For more detail about the nuts and bolts of Mandrake Linux 10.0, please check the Mandrake Linux 1.0 features Web page. (Link at the end of the press release, below.)

Here is the meat of the Mandrake 10.0 press release.

Mandrake Linux 10.0 Press Release

Altadena, CA; Paris, France; March 4th, 2004 - Mandrakesoft is proud to announce that its new flagship operating system 'Mandrakelinux 10.0 Community' has been released. 10.0 Community is the first major Linux distribution to take advantage of the new Linux kernel 2.6 while providing one of the most easy to use and attractive Linux operating systems ever.

Mandrakelinux 10.0 Community is now available as a DVD from Mandrakestore.com (Price: 54 EUR/59.90 USD), and also as a download for Mandrakeclub members & contributors. 'Mandrakelinux 10.0 Official' is scheduled to be released in May 2004. 10.0 Official will be used in retail packs tailored for individuals and small businesses, as well as for specialized corporate solutions.

In accordance with Mandrakesoft's new development roadmap, Mandrakelinux 10.0 Community is the ideal product for Linux users who demand the 'latest and greatest' features at the soonest opportunity.

Greater performance and scalability

Mandrakelinux 10.0 provides the new Linux 2.6 kernel as the default kernel for greatly enhanced performance and scalability. For those deploying Mandrake 10.0 as servers, the new Linux kernel increases the number of unique users and groups from 65,000 to over 4 billion, with 1 billion concurrent processes on a single system. Server deployments also benefit from interoperability with MS-Windows® systems thanks to enhanced support of Windows' Logical Disk Manager and new read/write NTFS support.

The desktop user's experience is greatly enhanced with notable improvements in ease of use and reliability, plus impressive system responsiveness gains. Additional benefits include hyperthreading capabilities, major I/O performance improvements under various workloads, better support of and multimedia devices, as well as greater support for laptops with software support for 'suspend to disk' functionality.

Additionally, Mandrakelinux 10.0 includes the Native POSIX Threads Library (NPTL) for maximum threading performance.

Making Linux easier for all

In line with Mandrakesoft's traditional commitment to making Linux easier for all computer users, Mandrakelinux 10.0 provides a powerful and modern desktop and server operating system:

- Server capabilities have been enhanced with the integration of Linux kernel 2.6, Samba 3.0, MySQL 4.0.18, PostqreSQL 7.4.1, Apache2, extended hardware support, and a new Mandrakeonline update service.

- The desktop experience has been enhanced with numerous improvements including a new Mandrakegalaxy 2 desktop theme, new menu organization, and a new Mandrakelinux Control Center to make this release even more friendly and easy to use than ever. Additionally, 'Magicdev' has been added -- Magicdev provides dynamic CD support for launching appropriate applications when a CD or DVD is inserted into a drive.

Mandrakelinux 10.0 provides KDE 3.2 and GNOME 2.4 as default desktop environments, plus an impressive variety of Office applications such as the famous OpenOffice.org 1.1 office suite, which is compatible with Microsoft® Office® documents.

"Mandrakelinux 10.0 marks the beginning of a re-energized drive by Mandrakesoft to achieve worldwide Linux adoption. We believe that Mandrakelinux 10.0 will be seen as the perfect example of a Linux product that individuals and corporations need to migrate away from proprietary operating systems", declared François Bancilhon, CEO of Mandrakesoft.

Availability:

* Mandrakelinux 10.0 Community is available:

- Immediately as a download for Mandrakeclub Members and contributors. Additionally, ISO images which contain commercial applications such as AcrobatAE ReaderAE, Real PlayerTM, NVIDIAAE Drivers and others, are available for "Silver" and above Club members. Join Mandrakeclub to download Mandrakelinux 10.0 today: http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/club/

- Immediately as a DVD set which includes commercial applications such as AcrobatAE ReaderAE, Real PlayerTM, NVIDIAAE Drivers and more. The 10.0 Community DVD set can be pre-ordered now exclusively from MandrakeStore: http://www.mandrakestore.com

- Following the initial release, a download edition of Mandrakelinux 10.0 Community will be made available on a number of public FTP mirrors

* Mandrakelinux 10.0 Official will be available:

- In May, as part of the complete range of Mandrakelinux 10.0 Official retail packs which include support, printed documentation and new Mandrakesoft services and tools. Official retail packs include:

* Discovery, a desktop solution for Linux newcomers

* PowerPack, a multi-purpose product for power users

* PowerPack+, a desktop and server solution for small to medium-sized businesses

- Thereafter, a new desktop product for corporates will be introduced, as well as a new edition of the Corporate Server.

More details about these products plus ordering information will be released later.

The Mandrakelinux 10.0 Community list of features is available at: http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/10.0/features/

Mandrakelinux 10.0 Community DVD is available at:

http://www.mandrakesoft.com/

http://www.mandrakestore.com


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