Adding to the slew of new Linux offerings was Tuesdays release of Mandrake Linux 9.1 for x86 processors. This product upgrade is optimized for Pentium and higher processors and their compatibles and does not run on earlier x86 processors.The core version of Mandrake Linux 9.1 is now available for download, while retail packs will begin shipping in mid-April and can be pre-ordered now. The three product offerings are Mandrake 9.1 Standard, a customized Linux system for desktop workstations at a recommended retail price of $39.90; Mandrake 9.1 PowerPack, a full-featured Linux package for power-users at $69.00; and Mandrake 9.1 Prosuite, a solution for small and medium-sized businesses at a retail cost of $199.90. The delivery of the product on schedule follows the January filing by MandrakeSoft S.A. for "declaration de cessation des paiements," the French equivalent to American Chapter 11 reorganization. At that time the company said it remained focused on Mandrake Linux version 9.1, the next version of its Linux distribution, "which is on track for release in April." In other news, the Linux operating system won two more converts this week, one of them being German-based drug firm Schaper & Brummer, which specializes in the research, development, production and sale of natural drugs including Esberitox. SuSE Linux, along with its Linux premium business partner Gesellschaft fur InformationsSysteme (GIS), consolidated a number of IBM Netfinity severs running Microsoft Windows NT onto IBM xSeries servers using SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8. "New investments in IT were necessary; however, it made more sense to invest in the further development of the company ITinstead of merely paying static license fees," said Norbert Sochtig, IT manager at Schaper & Brummer. "With SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, we killed two birds with one stone: Open-source technology saved license costs, and at the same time we have two reliable partnersSuSE Linux and GISwho guarantee investment security, support and system maintenance," Sochtig said. Dell Computer Corp. and Oracle Corp. this week also announced a new customer win: Louisianas Nineteenth Judicial District Court, which is using a four-node cluster of Dell PowerEdge 6650 servers with four Intel 2.0GHz Xeon processors and the Dell/EMC CX 400 SAN storage system. The platform runs Oracle9i Real Application Clusters and Oracle9i Application Server with Red Hat Linux Advanced Server to archive court data online and distribute the latest information. This is expected to result in greater accuracy and efficiency for tasks such as issuing and recalling arrest warrants. The platform will run the courts critical applications for case management, jury management and drug-court case management, working to improve interfaces with district attorneys, judges, state and local law enforcement, and constituents. The judicial court is also using Oracle9i Application Server for its ACS Judicial Solutions application to manage the court schedules, records and related documents. Leveraging Oracle9i Application Server Portal, these ACS records and schedules are now managed online, providing county clerks and judges with a single consolidated view of their records. Doug Welborn, the clerk of court for the East Baton Rouge Parish, said the Nineteenth Judicial District Court chose the Dell/Oracle solution because it enables it to fully integrate its database securely, reliably and accurately. "The Dell/Oracle solution has met our needs helping us to realize the long-standing goal of effectively sharing data with the Nineteenth Judicial Court," he said. Jim Anderson, a vice president in Dells Advanced Systems Group, said the deal is significant as it shows how some courts are building a "state-of-the-art computing platform using standards-based technologies" that will help them achieve greater efficiency, accuracy and information sharing. "These capabilities provide a valuable element of the areas homeland security efforts, such as the ability to share a variety of information across agencies," he said. Most Recent Linux Stories:
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