PASADENA, Calif. and PARIS, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- MandrakeSoft
(www.mandrakesoft.com), the publisher of the powerful and user-friendly
Mandrake Linux operating system, announces the immediate availability of boxed
sets of Mandrake Linux Version 8.1 in retail outlets throughout the world and
on www.mandrakestore.com. There are four versions of the 8.1 product, each
designed to suit user needs: Mandrake Linux Standard Edition 8.1, Mandrake
Linux PowerPack Edition 8.1, Mandrake Linux ProSuite Edition 8.1, and Mandrake
Linux ProSuite Gold.
According to Frederic Bastok, co-founder and CTO of MandrakeSoft, "Our
user-friendly and powerful solution, which includes over 2500 applications,
suits both the server and the desktop markets perfectly. Moreover, our range
of offerings is expanded with major new features such as MandrakeOnline,
MandrakeSoft's new service. With the top level support of MandrakeExpert,
Mandrake Linux 8.1 users benefit from quick response technical support of
Mandrake Linux 8.1 is available at leading software retailers and on
-- Mandrake Linux Standard Edition: The key to Linux. Both beginners and
experienced users appreciate the easy-to-use graphical installer which
features automated hardware detection.
It includes 3 CDs plus detailed Installation Guide and 30 days of
MandrakeExpert web technical support available for Linux with easy to use wizards and customized
configuration tools. PowerPack 8.1 is ideally suited for setting up a
It includes 7 CDs packed with thousands of the latest Linux
applications, a comprehensive Installation & User Guide, a detailed
Reference Manual, 30 days of phone support and 60 days of
MandrakeExpert and MandrakeOnline.
Suggested Retail Price: $69
Available in Stores: Early November
-- Mandrake Linux ProSuite Edition: The Linux server solution. Designed
for small and medium businesses, Mandrake Linux ProSuite Edition
8.1 has been specifically customized to include all the necessary tools
to build a Linux Server Solution. ProSuite Edition 8.1 scales easily
for large enterprise deployments.
It includes 9 CDs (with a special Mandrake Server CD) + 1 DVD packed
with thousands of the latest Linux applications and server
configuration wizards, Extended Server Support including 60 days phone
support and 90 days of MandrakeExpert and MandrakeOnline. As an added
benefit there are 2 update CDs during the product life.
Suggested Retail Price: $149
Available in Stores: Mid November
-- Mandrake Linux ProSuite Gold Edition: This special version of the
ProSuite Edition includes:
-- Mandrake Linux ProSuite Edition 8.1 for Intel's Itanium Processors
-- Extended server support by phone, web, mail and fax and
MandrakeOnline for one year.
Suggested Price: $1190
Available in mid November only in the USA, France and Germany
Mandrake Linux OEM Edition 8.1 and Master CD (to make their
pre-installation easier) are also available for desktops & servers at leading
hardware vendors. For more information: email@example.com.
New features of Mandrake Linux 8.1
-- MandrakeOnline, MandrakeSoft's new service offers many possibilities:
-- Alerts on security or package updates according to hardware and
-- Email alias "firstname.lastname@example.org"
-- Special rebates for MandrakeExpert, MandrakeSoft's online top-level
support platform www.MandrakeExpert.com
-- MandrakeExpert enables Mandrake Linux users to benefit not only from
community technical support but also from top-level support furnished
by MandrakeSoft's experts (48 hour response time).
Best graphical interfaces
MandrakeSoft continues to build on its promise of offering a fully
graphical Linux operating system for both the novice and professional user
with the latest leading Open Source environments.
Mandrake Linux 8.1 contains the latest versions of the best graphical
-- KDE 2.2.1, the user-friendly environment with the most integrated and
-- Konqueror: The versatile file and web browser now includes
-- Kmail: The integrated and powerful KDE mail client now includes
support for IMAP servers and many ergonomic enhancements.
-- KOffice 1.1: The complete and light-weight KDE office suite has
undergone major changes since version 1.0 (complete rewrite of
Kword, inclusion of a new chart application called KVivio,
improvement of MS Office filters, ...).
-- GNOME 1.4.1, the most powerful user environment with many enhancements
-- Nautilus 1.0.4: The new GNOME file browser features major speed
improvements and many ergonomic enhancements based on user
-- Mozilla 0.9.4: The integrated Web Browser and communication suite
now has dramatic speed improvements and better usability.
-- Kernel 2.4.8: The latest Kernel with SuperMount support and the
latest patches for wider hardware support.
-- XFree86 4.1: The most recent version ensures a complete Video
Mandrake Control Center, the one-stop location to setup and administer
entire machines with:
-- LogDrake: An easy tool to monitor computer activity (through logs)
-- Embedded root console available for maintenance purposes
MandrakeFirstTime: An easy-to-use wizard that helps setup desktop
environment (KDE, GNOME, etc.), choose a theme and configure email settings.
DrakNet: A tool to easily configure easily networks or Internet
connections, including DSL.
Complete and powerful server solutions
-- Enterprise Kernel 2.4.8: This special edition of the Kernel comes with
native support for HI Memory (>1024 MB) and SMP (Symetric Multi
-- Full support for Journalized FileSystems: XFS, Ext3, ReiserFS and JFS
come in standard ensuring files integrity
-- Special version of Samba: Combined with XFS and latest kernel, Samba
2.2.1.a allows Windows(R) file sharing with the same fine-grained
permissions as Windows(R) NT
-- PHP Groupware: A full-featured groupware suite accessible anywhere
from a simple web browser with secure connection
Easy-to-use installation and system management utilities
-- Server configuration wizards for a faster and more convenient use (Web
Mail, Firewall, File & Printer sharing, ...).
-- Mandrake Server CD: A complete server orientated distribution
featuring the best Open Source server software combined with Mandrake
Linux easy-to-use DrakX installer.
-- Web Administration with Webmin: allows easy configuration DNS, Samba,
NFS, local/remote file systems and more from any computer with a secure
-- URPMI: Automated software management systems URPMI provides a
hassle-free way to install and upgrade applications.
-- Auto-Install tool: Servers and workstations are duplicated
effortlessly with the new "auto install" feature.
For further information: http://www.mandrakesoft.com/products/81 .
MandrakeSoft provides a trusted interface between users of information
technology and open source developers. The company offers customers in the
small office, home office (SoHo), small and medium size enterprise, government
and educational sectors a set of GNU Linux and Open-Source software and
related services, and user-friendly and highly competitive information
technologies at a very attractive total cost of ownership. In addition,
MandrakeSoft offers technologists committed to open software and courseware a
trusted channel to offer their services.
The company has technologists in over 20 countries, and entered the Paris
Euronext on July 30th, 2001 (Euroclear code: 4477.PA; Reuters code:
MAKE.PA). Awards for the Mandrake Linux solution include:
-- Linux Magazine "Editor's Choice" Award in September 2001 & 2000
-- CNET editors' choice award in June 2001
-- Chip Magazine "Best Technique and Winner of the Test" in December 2000.
-- "Best Product of the Year" and "Best Linux Distribution/Server" at
LinuxWorld Expo 99
-- PC Answers Platinum Award in April 2000
"Born on the Internet" in late 1998, MandrakeSoft established headquarters
in the U.S.A., Montreal, England, Germany and France. Please visit the Web
site http://www.mandrakesoft.com for more information.
NOTE: Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Mandrake and the
Mandrake logo are trademarks of MandrakeSoft. All other trademarks and
copyrights are owned by their respective companies.
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