Mandrake Is On The Move
So far, it's been a banner year for MandrakeSoft, makers of Mandrakelinux. In January, they announced a return to profitability, followed by a return to the stock market in mid-March. Sandwiched between these two significant business events, MandrakeSoft released Mandrakelinux 10.0 Community, an early-adopter's release of Mandrakelinux 10.0 Official, due out in May. Even though it's only a public beta, the newest Mandrakelinux is definitely worth the download, some rough edges notwithstanding. Here's why I think so.
In a phrase, Mandrakelinux 10.0 is chock-full-o-Linux goodness. The default kernel is 2.6, which gives you a responsive desktop thanks to kernel preemption. Mandrakelinux also includes the latest releases of KDE (3.2) and GNOME (2.4); a very attractive default theme, Mandrakegalaxy 2; a reorganized menu structure; and a new control center, Mandrakelinux Control Center. Another handy improvement is Magicdev, which provides auto-play functionality: insert a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM and Magicdev launches the appropriate application.
If you need a server-class installation, Mandrake boasts numerous server-friendly features:
- MySQL 4.0.18
- PostgreSQL 7.41
- Apache 2
- Samba 3.0
- Support for Windows' Logical Disk Manager
- Read/write support for the NTFS file system
NOTE: As this article went to press, MandrakeSoft released Mandrakelinux 10.0 Beta1 for AMD64 (Opteron) platforms. More details are available at the Mandrakelinux 10.0 for AMD64 Beta information page.
Mandrakelinux 10.0 Community 10
Now (Community)/May 2004 (Official)
Free (Community)/US$59.90 (Official)
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