February was a month of rapid growth for Lycoris. Its flagship product, Desktop/LX, has been selling well and attracting worldwide partners. In addition to favorable reviews in the Linux world and surrounding tech community, Lycoris is responding to users' needs by providing Hewlett Packard PCs Pre-Loaded with Desktop/LX. OSNews will be featuring a Lycoris review in the near future.
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ExtremeTech features a review (screenshots included) of the desktop-targetted "Lycoris Linux", also used to be known as "Redmond Linux". The author examines the user friendly distribution and its installation procedure, the environment used and more. However, the review is a bit single-sided, as it does not list any problems or disantvantages found on the distribution. In other Linux news, kernel 2.4.18 was released today, but almost everyone from the Linux kernel team advises that after untaring the new kernel, you should immediately patch the source for the 2.4.19-pre1 kernel, as it includes more bug fixes, especially for the SPARC users. Linux kernel compilation tutorial here.
Mandrake Software released the first beta of their Mandrake 8.2 Linux distribution in two ISO CDs. They include kernel 2.4.17, XFree86 4.2, glibc 2.2.4, Window Maker 0.8, apache 1.3.22, Evolution 1.01, KDE 2.2.2, galeon 1.0, mozilla 0.9.7 and a lot of Mandrake Tools-specific changes & updates (screenshots). In related news, RootLinux released version 1.3pre1 which contains many updates and bugfixes. This release uses CUPS as printing system and PureFTPD as the default FTP daemon. The installation has been improved, and ext3 support was added. It also contains Linux 2.4.17, glibc 2.2.5, KDE 2.2.2, and XFree86 4.2.0. Recently, CRUX 0.9.2 was also released with many new features. Both the CRUX and RootLinux developers were interviewed by OSNews three months ago.
Craig from Gui-Lords.org engaged Joseph Cheek, CTO of Redmond Linux (recently renamed 'Lycoris'), in a 10 question interview. Along with some nice screen shots, Gui-Lords invites you to learn about this new distro.
Mandrake Software sent us the following announcement: "With Mandrake Linux 8.1 for Itanium-based architecture, MandrakeSoft is proud to provide businesses with a robust and scalable Linux solution for high performance computing. Mandrake Linux 8.1 for Itanium has been fully tested with numerous HP, IBM and Bull configurations. This new release offers the same features as Mandrake Linux 8.1, but has been optimized for the IA-64 architecture."
The calling card for the Linux-Mandrake distribution has always been ease of installation and use, and 8.1 delivers the goods in this department. First time users will find many of the pains of installation are handled automatically by the installation program. Experienced Linux users will appreciate a multitude of installation modes and options. Read the rest of the review at Linux.com.
MandrakeSoft, announces the availability of boxed sets of Mandrake Linux Version 8.1 in retail outlets throughout the world and on MandrakeStore. There are four versions of the 8.1 product, each designed to suit user needs: Mandrake Linux Standard Edition 8.1, Mandrake Linux PowerPack Edition 8.1, Mandrake Linux ProSuite Edition 8.1, and Mandrake Linux ProSuite old. Also, with the help of TransGaming Technologies, developers of software portability solutions that seamlessly allow cutting edge games to operate on the Linux platform, MandrakeSoft announced the release of the Mandrake Linux Gaming Edition. Designed specifically for gamers, this release bundles Mandrake Linux 8.1 Standard Edition, with Electronic Arts' The Sims, the popular virtual simulation game that allows players to create a neighborhood of simulated people known as "Sims" and control their lives.
Latest news on Mandrake Software are their release candidate Linux version for Itanium, and that their developers are now preparing Object Prelinked versions of KDE for the next Mandrake, dubbed Cooker. But there are also news about lay offs which took place recently over at MandrakeSoft, in which Kevin Lawton, the person behind Plex86 and also the original author of the x86 emulator Bochs, was layed off. Kevin doesn't know what will happen to the ambitious Plex86 project now he parted with the company that previously backed the whole project. Our Take: First of all, good luck to Kevin. We are sure he will find soon another job, as he is an extremely skilled developer. Plex86 is open source, so it may live up, but there is... a small catch. Developing for Plex86 is _extremely hard_. It requires developers with spiffy low level x86 knowledge, it is not a project about a new email or IM client or a new cool-looking window manager. There are not many developers with such deep knowledge, this is why Kevin worked on it with little help from others for so long. When I was part of the original BeUnited's admin team, we had Plex86 as one of our projects to be ported to BeOS. During the period of 1 year, the project changed 3 team leaders (one of them was a proven experienced BeOS developer), each and every one called its quits for the exact same reason: Not enough knowledge to work on such a complex project.
MandrakeSoft on Monday released a third beta version of its Itanium edition of Linux, the French company said. Itanium is the first 64-bit processor from Intel, but the high-end product still has only early operating system support from Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Red Hat, SuSE and others. A better version of the CPU is scheduled for next year. The new Mandrake version comes with support for XFS, ReiserFS and ext3. It also uses version 2.4.8 of the Linux kernel, the latest 2.2.1 version of the KDE desktop user interface and 2.2.1a of the Samba software for joining Windows networks.
MandrakeSoft announced today Mandrake Linux 8.1 as the newest alternative to Microsoft Windows and Macintosh operating systems. The new version features Kernel 2.4.8, KDE 2.2.1, Nautilus 1.04 and other latest versions of well known Linux packages as well as choices of installing ReiserFS, XFS and even JFS in place of the EXT2 file system.