MandrakeSoft Unfolds Linux Security Strategy and Announces Availability Of the Single Network Firewall, the First in a New Family of Products Branded MandrakeSecurity

May 31, 2001, 01:00 ET from MandrakeSoft

    PASADENA, Calif. and PARIS, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In a much awaited move,
 MandrakeSoft today outlines its Linux Security strategy aimed at individual,
 small office home office (SoHo) and small and medium enterprise (SME) users,
 and announces the availability of the "Single Network Firewall."  In line with
 its continuing commitment to open source, all MandrakeSecurity products are
 being developed and made available for free download via the Internet under
 the General Public License.
     It is a well-known fact that its UNIX origins give the Linux source code
 significantly more stability than, for instance, Windows 9x and NT and is also
 less vulnerable to virus attacks.  However, Linux is a network operating
 system and since servers are more likely to be the target of attacks than
 desktops, security is high on the agenda of Linux users.  It is also a key
 consideration for small companies wishing to transition their networks to
 Linux in view of its technical strengths and highly attractive total cost of
 ownership.
     "Linux is the logical alternative for small and medium size companies that
 typically don't have the time nor the resources to invest in complex and
 difficult-to-manage office networks," states Frederic Bastok, Co-Founder and
 Technical Director at MandrakeSoft.  Bastok further explains that, "It is
 MandrakeSoft's mission to encourage the take-up of open source technologies.
 The new MandrakeSecurity product family aims to remove an important hurdle for
 potential SoHo, SME and individual Linux adopters, by providing them with
 specifically designed security solutions for Linux."
     Similar to earlier releases, version 8.0 of the MandrakeLinux
 distribution, alleviates some of these user concerns, by incorporating the
 fruits of the "Bastille" project, a set of scripts to help secure the computer
 on which MandrakeLinux runs, as well as basic firewall functionality.
 However, to fully address Linux user concerns and to further encourage small
 and medium businesses to opt for Linux, the "Single Network Firewall," the
 first in the new series of MandrakeSecurity products developed by the
 company's growing community of users and contributors, is an innovative
 stand-alone appliance that runs on a dedicated computer, and combines
 ease-of-use and configuration via a secured and functional Web interface.  The
 Single Network Firewall caters for an unlimited number of shared Internet
 connections.  As well as making it available for free download at
 http://www.linux-mandrake.com , discussions are ongoing to market the product
 via leading OEM manufacturers.
     The Single Network Firewall's functionalities are numerous:
 
     -- Packet filtering
     -- Proxy Squid:  integrated and easy to configure
        (manually, transparent and/or with authentication)
     -- Intrusion detection systems Snort and Prelude.
     -- Graphical (web) tools for monitoring the system activity.
     -- Logging of network activity, attacks, resources utilization.
     -- Internet access configuration for analogue and ISDN Modems, LAN and
        (A)DSL and cable.
     -- Integrated DHCP server
     -- "port forwarding"
     -- Different access restrictions:  incoming traffic, outgoing traffic
     -- Filtering URLs ("parental control")
     -- Saving of configuration parameters.
     -- Updates through the Internet (web-version of Mandrake Update) based on
        a secure 2.2.19 kernel
 
     ABOUT MANDRAKESOFT
     Mandrakesoft provides a trusted interface between users of information
 technology and open technologists.  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, 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 Linux-Mandrake distribution, which became the leader in U.S. retail
 sales last year (PC Data), received the awards for "Best Product of the Year"
 and "Best Linux-Distribution/Server" at LinuxWorld Expo 99, as well as the
 PC Answers Platinum Award in April 2000, the Linux Magazine Editor's Choice
 Award in September 2000 and the Chip Magazine "Best Technique and Winner of
 the Test" in December 2000.
     "Born on the Internet" in late 1998, MandrakeSoft established headquarters
 in Pasadena (U.S.), Montreal (Quebec), England, Germany and Paris (Europe).
 Please visit the Web site, www.mandrakesoft.com for more information.
     NOTE:  Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.  Mandrake and
 Linux-Mandrake are trademarks of MandrakeSoft.  All other trademarks and
 copyrights are owned by their respective companies.
 
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    PASADENA, Calif. and PARIS, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In a much awaited move,
 MandrakeSoft today outlines its Linux Security strategy aimed at individual,
 small office home office (SoHo) and small and medium enterprise (SME) users,
 and announces the availability of the "Single Network Firewall."  In line with
 its continuing commitment to open source, all MandrakeSecurity products are
 being developed and made available for free download via the Internet under
 the General Public License.
     It is a well-known fact that its UNIX origins give the Linux source code
 significantly more stability than, for instance, Windows 9x and NT and is also
 less vulnerable to virus attacks.  However, Linux is a network operating
 system and since servers are more likely to be the target of attacks than
 desktops, security is high on the agenda of Linux users.  It is also a key
 consideration for small companies wishing to transition their networks to
 Linux in view of its technical strengths and highly attractive total cost of
 ownership.
     "Linux is the logical alternative for small and medium size companies that
 typically don't have the time nor the resources to invest in complex and
 difficult-to-manage office networks," states Frederic Bastok, Co-Founder and
 Technical Director at MandrakeSoft.  Bastok further explains that, "It is
 MandrakeSoft's mission to encourage the take-up of open source technologies.
 The new MandrakeSecurity product family aims to remove an important hurdle for
 potential SoHo, SME and individual Linux adopters, by providing them with
 specifically designed security solutions for Linux."
     Similar to earlier releases, version 8.0 of the MandrakeLinux
 distribution, alleviates some of these user concerns, by incorporating the
 fruits of the "Bastille" project, a set of scripts to help secure the computer
 on which MandrakeLinux runs, as well as basic firewall functionality.
 However, to fully address Linux user concerns and to further encourage small
 and medium businesses to opt for Linux, the "Single Network Firewall," the
 first in the new series of MandrakeSecurity products developed by the
 company's growing community of users and contributors, is an innovative
 stand-alone appliance that runs on a dedicated computer, and combines
 ease-of-use and configuration via a secured and functional Web interface.  The
 Single Network Firewall caters for an unlimited number of shared Internet
 connections.  As well as making it available for free download at
 http://www.linux-mandrake.com , discussions are ongoing to market the product
 via leading OEM manufacturers.
     The Single Network Firewall's functionalities are numerous:
 
     -- Packet filtering
     -- Proxy Squid:  integrated and easy to configure
        (manually, transparent and/or with authentication)
     -- Intrusion detection systems Snort and Prelude.
     -- Graphical (web) tools for monitoring the system activity.
     -- Logging of network activity, attacks, resources utilization.
     -- Internet access configuration for analogue and ISDN Modems, LAN and
        (A)DSL and cable.
     -- Integrated DHCP server
     -- "port forwarding"
     -- Different access restrictions:  incoming traffic, outgoing traffic
     -- Filtering URLs ("parental control")
     -- Saving of configuration parameters.
     -- Updates through the Internet (web-version of Mandrake Update) based on
        a secure 2.2.19 kernel
 
     ABOUT MANDRAKESOFT
     Mandrakesoft provides a trusted interface between users of information
 technology and open technologists.  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, 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 Linux-Mandrake distribution, which became the leader in U.S. retail
 sales last year (PC Data), received the awards for "Best Product of the Year"
 and "Best Linux-Distribution/Server" at LinuxWorld Expo 99, as well as the
 PC Answers Platinum Award in April 2000, the Linux Magazine Editor's Choice
 Award in September 2000 and the Chip Magazine "Best Technique and Winner of
 the Test" in December 2000.
     "Born on the Internet" in late 1998, MandrakeSoft established headquarters
 in Pasadena (U.S.), Montreal (Quebec), England, Germany and Paris (Europe).
 Please visit the Web site, www.mandrakesoft.com for more information.
     NOTE:  Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.  Mandrake and
 Linux-Mandrake are trademarks of MandrakeSoft.  All other trademarks and
 copyrights are owned by their respective companies.
 
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