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Hi guys! I stopped sending these to you for a bit, sorry about that, but
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Mandriva Linux Community Newsletter
Issue # 118 April 7, 2006
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 Story - Mandriva wins Editor's Choice in TUX Magazine's distro
* Mandriva News - Warly speaks to the Mandriva Club
* Mandriva in the news - Transgaming signs agreement with Polish
* Mandriva Security - Fixed, patched and up-to-date
Mandriva wins Editor's Choice in TUX Magazine's distro smackdown
The pugnacious April issue of TUX Magazine, one of the leading online
Linux magazines, featured a 'Linux Distribution Smackdown' comparing
seven of the leading Linux distributions, including Mandriva, SUSE,
Fedora Core, Ubuntu and others. Guess who ran out the winner? Yes,
despite the fierce competition, Mandriva leads the pack. As the
article put it, "Mandriva says =C2=93Shut your mouth and know your role=C2=
to the other distros and snatches the Distribution Smackdown
championship belt." They rated Mandriva highly for its ease of use,
multimedia support and particularly for its support for notebooks.
You can read the whole article by downloading the April issue from
the TUX Magazine website - a subscription to the magazine is
required, but subscribing is free.
Warly speaks to the Mandriva Club
In response to some of the worries expressed over the future of
Mandriva, Warly - the release manager for Mandriva Linux and all the
products derived from it - made a post to the Mandriva Club
explaining his perspective on the past and future of Mandriva and
Mandriva Linux. You can read Warly's perspective here.
The life of the security team
The security team is a vital but sometimes forgotten part of any
software company. Vincent Danen, the leader of the Mandriva security
team, made a fascinating blog post about the work of the security
team, which serves as a reminder of how vital their work is. Did you
know that, on average, the Mandriva security team issues 26.5
security advisories per month? To learn more about the vital work
they do, take a look at the blog.
More pictures of the Mandriva team
The Mandriva Club article featuring pictures of the Mandriva team has
been updated to include pictures of most staff members based at our
offices in Brazil. In Brazil, it's not just developers who skip
wearing a tie to the office; it's business casual for everyone from
the Brazilian department's CEO on down!
Mandriva in the news
Transgaming signs agreement with Polish Mandriva partner
Transgaming, the developer of the Cedega application which enables
Linux users to run many cutting-edge Windows games under Linux, has
signed an agreement with Amazis.net, the Polish distributor of
Mandriva Linux products. Under the agreement, Amazis will sell copies
of the Mandriva Linux 2006 Powerpack in Poland with a bundled copy of
Cedega, giving users a complete platform for running many popular
games under Linux. You can read more about the agreement in the
Transgaming press release.
Newsforge features Mandriva community package site
The popular open source technology news site, Newsforge, recently
featured an article on one of the biggest third party Mandriva
software repositories, SeerofSouls. Run by Cliff Wade - aka Hawkwind
- SoS features a wide range of new and updated software packages for
Mandriva, built by Cliff and other members of the community. The
article features an interview with Cliff about his motivation for
building the site and for using Mandriva in the first place. To find
out the whole story, read on.
smart-urpmi goes international!
smart-urpmi is a web page provided by the German community site
MandrivaUser.de to help configure the Mandriva package management
tools, urpmi and rpmdrake, and also the alternative smart package
manager. Previously smart-urpmi was only available in German, but it
is now available in German, English, Italian, French, Romanian,
Polish, Arabic and Japanese. Just visit the site and pick your
language code from the drop-down box labelled "Sprache". You can send
feedback on smart-urpmi in English to wolfgang AT mandrivauser DOT de,
or in German to the MandrivaUser.de forum.
Fixed, patched and up-to-date
As always, we take this opportunity to remind you to keep your system
safe and secure by running MandrivaUpdate regularly. Since the last
newsletter, there have been updates to critical packages including
sendmail, X.org and cairo. And of course, Mandriva Online is always
available to provide convenient notification of new updates and,
optionally, automatic installation, so you don't need to run
MandrivaUpdate manually. Let's be careful out there!
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