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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-03-25 Print this article Print

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.
It includes the Apache 2 Web server, New Technology Filesystem (NTFS) partition resizing, Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) power-management and WiFi support for a number of devices, as well as a simplified graphical installer and the new KDE 3.1 and GNOME 2.2 desktop environments.
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 IT—instead 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 partners—SuSE Linux and GIS—who 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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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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