Mandrake Linux 9.0 Beta 1 Available Now -- 9.0 in September
Mike Angelo -- 31 July 2002 (C)
MandrakeSoft Says Yes to LSB but No to Netscape and UnitedLinux
Mandrake Linux is on the move from its current 8.2 edition up to a new level, Mandrake Linux 9.0. The first beta of the upcoming Mandrake Linux 9.0 distribution now is available for public downloading and enjoyment. Look for the final Mandrake Linux 9.0 release sometime in September 2002.
According to a 23 July 2002 Mandrake announcement, Mandrake 9.0 will be based upon the 2.4.19 RC1 Linux kernel and feature:
and lots more.
Gaël Duval is the founder of Mandrake Linux and co-founder of MandrakeSoft SA and MandrakeSoft, Inc. In an e-mail discussion, Gaël Duval told MozillaQuest Magazine that Mandrake 9.0 is planned to be released in September.
We also discussed Mandrake's involvement with the Linux Standard Base (LSB) project, non-involvement with United Linux, and Mandrake dropping Netscape from its Linux distribution and replacing it with Mozilla 1.0. Although Mandrake 9.0 will not be fully LSB compliant, Mandrake is moving in the direction of full compliance with the LSB. Mandrake will not participate in United Linux. And MandrakeSoft has dropped Netscape from its Mandrake Linux distribution.
Gaël Duval: Of course, that's our goal.
However, there are technical issues that remain to be resolved. So, Mandrake does not have a precise timetable for achieving full LSB compliance. Gaël Duval mentioned that Mandrake might publish a special "LSB" release in the future, maybe with updates, to make sure the product is as solid as possible.
MozillaQuest Magazine: Why do you feel it is important for Mandrake Linux to (eventually) be LSB compliant?
Gaël Duval: It's not only Mandrake; I think it's important for all the biggest Linux distributors to provide LSB-compliant products. Then it makes life easier for software publishers and users - and it finally gives more power to Linux to dominate the market and go mainstream.
While Gaël Duval is very positive about the LSB project and bringing Mandrake Linux into full LSB compliance, he has a very different view towards the United Linux endeavor.
Gaël Duval: "No. We've decided not to join United Linux for several reasons that are explained in United Linux: why MandrakeSoft will not join.
MozillaQuest Magazine: Will Mandrake 9.0 comply with the United Linux specs?
Gaël Duval: No.
MozillaQuest Magazine: Mandrake 9.0 will have Mozilla 1.0. However, I did not notice anything about Netscape. Is Mandrake dropping Netscape?
Gaël Duval: It's been dropped. MandrakeSoft is a company that is committed to Free-Software. That's the reason why we replace proprietary software by Free Software when it's possible. Mandrake Linux, the core product that comes as a 3 CD-Set and available for download, now comes without any proprietary software.
For those of you who do not have the bandwidth to download Mandrake 9.0 Beta 1, the Mandrake folks have been kind enough to provide some screen shots of it for you.
Or, for those of you who do have lots of bandwidth, you can download Mandrake 9.0 Beta 1 from the Mandrake download site. Enjoy.