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Mandrake serves up a polished version of its Linux

By Matt Whipp

Posted on 29 Oct 2004 at 11:48

Mandrake has taken version 10.1 out of the cooker and onto the plates of Linux enthusiasts in the form of MandrakeLinux 10.1.

This finalised version of 10.1 has benefited from extensive testing in the Linux developer community to ensure its robustness and offers increased hardware support, particularly for mobile devices.

Like Novell's SUSE 9.2, Mandrake 10.1 features an easy to use toolkit for controlling the power-saving features available in the 2.6 kernel and adds support for Intel's Centrino chipset, Bluetooth devices and WiFi roaming.

The system also includes the latest versions of the GNOME and KDE desktops, the Mozilla browser, Gimp image editor, and Mandrakes' package manager and device manager.

'Our new release scheme is starting to show its full potential,' said Franois Banilhon, Mandrakesoft CEO. '10.1 Community was quite a successful product - many people use it, and the feedback they gave us really helped us polish 10.1 Official. This release will be one of quality and continuity in innovation - better parts and a better whole.'

10.1 is available in three versions: the basic Discovery pack features the operating system, manual and one month's support for 44.90 Euros; PowerPack offers a wider range of software making it suitable for more professional uses such as development and multimedia work. It includes two months' support and two manuals: yours for 79.90 Euros. PowerPack+ broadens the potential still further with server and groupware software, along with three months' support, including five phone support calls and two manuals for 199.90 Euros.

A download version will be available at a later date.

For more information, visit the Mandrake website.

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