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Beginners Guide: Server Setup with Mandrake / Mandriva 10.2

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This is a detailed guide for Linux beginners about how to setup a web, mail and FTP server with Mandrake/Mandriva 10.2. It covers every aspect of the installation and demonstrates the setup process with the help of 39 screenshots. Experienced system administrators will benefit from this tutorial as well.

The resulting system has the following features:
  • Web Server (Apache + SSL + PHP)
  • Mail Server (Postfix with SMTP-AUTH and TLS)
  • DNS Server (BIND)
  • POP3 and IMAP Server
  • FTP Server (proftpd)
  • MySQL Server
  • Webalizer for web site statistics
  • Quota
  • Etc.
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mail this link | permapage | score:8167 | -falko, August 8, 2005

Live CD for Newbies: Knoppix, MandrakeMove, Slax

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Give that newbie a Linux sandbox to play with. That is, give them a Live CD-ROM Linux distribution like Knoppix, Slax, or MandrakeMove so that they can experiment without the effort and risk of installing a Linux on their hard drive.
With Linux appearing more frequently in the press and on TV, people are becoming more curious about it. They are still reluctant to leave their comfortable Windows world, but they are curious. Enter LiveCD Linux -- a CD with a full Linux operating system that runs completely from the CD without the need to install anything on the hard drive. Taking ten people who never used Linux before and who have only basic computer skills, I set out to run several LiveCDs through some informal tests.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7963 | -Ray, February 18, 2004

Transparent Proxy with Squid on Mandrake 10

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Keep the bad stuff out -- web filtering in 7 steps. [This workshop is in the form of a .pdf file. -Ed.]
How to install a transparent Squid proxy server with real-time HTTP virus scanning on Mandrake 10.0 using DansGuardian and ClamAV?

People quickly and easily access volumes of research on the Internet and correspond with a mouse click. For more and more companies, content filtering is part of the large battle to combat all kinds of online threats, including hackers, worms and viruses. Linux content filtering allows administrators to configure and manage Internet access across the entire network and to block unwanted Web content like pornography, shopping Web sites, games and gambling.

This guide contains all the necessary information for installing and understanding the architectural layout of the implementation.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7937 | -fn-eagle, March 8, 2004 (Updated: September 20, 2004)

Review: Mandrake Linux 9.1 Download Edition

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Free-as-in-beer as well as free-as-in-speech.
Recent versions of Mandrake Linux have not changed much from the user’s perspective, as stability and software updates have been the focus of releases over the last year. Mandrake Linux 9.1 is the first significant update to the popular Linux distribution in some time. New features of the distribution include a revised user interface, tighter integration with Windows and improved networking support.

Mandrake Linux 9.1 Download Edition consists of three CDs. The first two CDs contain the main distribution and the third contains many miscellaneous and less important packages.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7703 | -Ray, May 20, 2003

Review: Mandrake Move Linux Live CD

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This review includes a few screenshots of Mandrake Move.
Unlike Knoppix Mandrake Move didn't mount internal hard drives on the Desktop (it mounts Windows partitions in the /mnt/win_c/ or similar folders), but it did recognise and mount the external hard disk. This is indeed a clever solution – it prevents users from inadvertently accessing the internal disks, while allowing them to hook up an external storage device. Just keep in mind that Mandrake Move can only read and write FAT32-formatted hard disks (it mounts NTFS disks in read-only mode). What would be great would be the ability to use an external storage device instead of a USB key to store settings and configuration files. Unfortunately our attempts to make Mandrake Move use the hard disk instead of the USB key were not successful.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7648 | -Ray, November 4, 2004 (Updated: August 13, 2005)

Hardware Review: WalMart Mandrake / Microtel PC

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Other systems are available up to a 2 GHz P4.
The price was $391 plus $14.35 shipping plus $30.30 tax (grumble... California) for a grand total of $435.65.

The system includes keyboard, speakers, network card, modem, etc... basically everything but a monitor. Also included is the printed Mandrake 8.2 Installation & User Guide, 4 CDs (Installation CD 1 & 2, plus Commercial Applications CD 1 & 2), a motherboard manual, and a small flyer that describes how to setup the system.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7593 | -Ray, August 18, 2002 (Updated: November 16, 2003)

Review: Mandrake Linux 10 Download Edition

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A quick review of the Mandrake Linux 10.0 Community Edition...
Arguably, the 2.6 kernel series is the next best thing since sliced bread. Well, you won't hear any counterarguments from me. It is very responsive, has lots of improvements all around, including improved USB support, ACPI (which I cannot test, I have no laptop yet), and many many things under the hood. KDE 3.2 is lean and fast, hand in hand with kernel 2.6 it flies. XFree 4.3 was incorporated due to license changes Mandrake (along with others) has not been able to include XFree 4.4.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7516 | -Ray, March 12, 2004

Fedora vs Mandrake vs Suse: Comparison Review

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How to choose the best Linux distribution -- for you...
There is no one distribution that will perfectly fit into everyones needs. Each one has its own strengths and weaknesses which will vary from person to person. This article covers all the major advantages (and disadvantages) each of these distributions have to offer and hopefully give you enough information to help you correctly choose which Linux Distribution is right for your computer.
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permapage | score:7510 | -Ray, July 3, 2004

Review: Mandrake Linux 9.1

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A free desktop for free people...
The Mandrake 9.1 Download Edition continues to be a 100% Free Software distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system, and a very good one at that. The fact that the Download Edition is totally Free Software (as in Freedom, not price) makes it, in some ways, even more attractive than the other Mandrake editions that contain proprietary software. Its emphasis on the desktop, without sacrificing its use as a server OS, places it at the center of the Free Software utopia: having a Free OS that is easy to use for newbies, yet powerful and customizable for the experts.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7308 | -Ray, September 15, 2003

Mandrake Linux 9.2 Preview

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Mandrake Linux 9.2 Download Edition is already available to members of the MandrakeClub service.
Another key to making a distribution novice friendly is insuring that everything works out of the box, and Mandrake Linux 9.2 succeeds there. When the system was booted for the first time, we were surprised and delighted to find ATI's official FireGL driver for the Radeon 9700 video card was already installed. To the best of my knowledge the only other distribution presently including the Radeon drivers from ATI is Lindows.

Other hardware that has been problematic also was installed.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7264 | -Ray, October 15, 2003

Review: Mandrake vs. Red Hat vs. SuSE vs. Turbolinux

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Mandrake, Red Hat, SuSE, and Turbolinux's enterprise Linux distributions reviewed and compared.
Red Hat offers the widest variety of support options and additional features, from the basic $349 version to the $2,499 Enterprise Server AS version, which adds load balancing, clustering features, and the promise of one-hour turnaround on support. SuSE supports the broadest variety of processors. Turbolinux offers most of the features of the SuSE version but adds some nice utilities of its own. And Mandrake offers a very nice suite of GUI administration tools that will appeal to those with less Linux experience.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7179 | -Ray, August 6, 2003 (Updated: September 11, 2004)

Linux Mandrake 9.0-Dolphin: The Review

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OSNews takes a quick look at Mandrake 9.0
MandrakeSoft released Linux Mandrake 9.0 about three weeks ago. How does this version compares to the also recent SuSE and Red Hat releases? MandrakeSoft sent us the Download Edition over for a review and here is what we think about it.
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permapage | score:7130 | -Ray, October 18, 2002

Mandrake Move Screenshots

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"The new Mandrakelinux Move is now publicly available for download. Mandrakelinux Move is the perfect way to introduce your friends to Linux" - mandrakelinux.com

At OSDir we've put together over 100 screenshots of this cutting edge live CD by the big boys at Mandrake.

[The original screenshot pages are offline and the link has been changed to a working page. -Ed.] read more...
permapage | score:7039 | -linuxbeta, October 28, 2004 (Updated: March 24, 2007)

Review: SuSE 8.2 -- better than Mandrake?

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NewsForge takes a look at SuSE 8.2.
Since I wanted to keep XP around, my first task was to resize the NTFS partition on my hard drive down to about one-third of its original (full disk) size. This was a one-click, no-hassle operation, same as in Mandrake 9.1. Both SuSE and Mandrake have managed to transform dual-boot partitioning for Windows 2000 and XP from a problem into something so routine it is hardly worth mentioning.
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permapage | score:6952 | -Ray, May 9, 2003

Mandrake Linux 9.1 Review

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The first review of Mandrake 9.1.
With this release I see a very serious and very respectable effort from MandrakeSoft to create a better Mandrake Linux. It is just obvious that this is not 'just another release', it really feels that it had extra care. A lot of things remain unresolved in the desktop area though, like the inconsistency found in the main desktop environment (KDE); notably, the context menus on the desktop and Konqueror and the bugs encountered and detailed above. This is part of the Linux platform evolution of course, so future Mandrake Linux versions are destined to become better with time.
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mail this link | permapage | score:6850 | -Ray, March 26, 2003

Review: Mandrake Linux ProSuite Edition 9.0

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Most people will probably want to buy the standard version instead.
This is the "server" product from Mandrake and includes a kernel with support for 4 GB memory and other server services like DNS, NIS etc. Red Hat Pro includes these packages too and they include even more in their (more pricey) Advanced Server product (with cluster support and other exotic).

The only "interesting" reason why someone should buy the ProSuite edition is because of the MandrakeOnline security update feature which is free for the first computer and 25% off the price for a second installation (normally $55 per year).
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mail this link | permapage | score:6836 | -Ray, November 21, 2002

Mandrake 9.0 First Look

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Looks like it's time for me to upgrade again.
Haven't looked at yet, sorry. I'm sure 9.0 will build upon the legacy of 8.x serie here, which means superb Samba, Web, database, printing, etc server which works out of the box with maximal security and minimal fuss. Install it and it runs. Want even less work? take the server install CD from Pro suite... Still too much work? buy the pre-installed appliances from MandrakeStore!
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permapage | score:6804 | -Ray, March 21, 2002 (Updated: August 18, 2003)

Another look at Mandrake 9.2 and Fedora Core 1

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A couple of Linux distributions make the grade...
MandrakeSoft continues to have the clearest focus on automating installation of the majority of devices. Neither SuSE nor Red Hat distributions have succeeded, in our opinion, in producing a distribution installation tool able to handle so many configurations. While Fedora Core 1 performs admirably, it doesn't even come close in matters of ease of configuration on devices such as multifunction devices, USB mass storage devices or CD burners.
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mail this link | permapage | score:6750 | -Ray, April 4, 2004

Review: Mandrake 10, an outstanding distro

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A Linux distribution suitable for newcomers.
As a final testament to the draw and functionality of Mandrake Linux 10, I refer you to my wife. She, like many people in the world, only knew and used Windows (XP to be precise). She knew nothing of Linux outside of my obvious community involvement, but was willing to give it a try after she had Windows freeze on her for the last time. She was interested in trying Linux as long as it would not freeze on her all the time, produce endless popups and spam, and as long as she could do everything she could do in Windows. I thought about it for awhile and decided to give her a trial run on Mandrake 9.2.. and now up to version 10. I told her that if it wasn't to her liking that I would keep trying distros until we found one she that 'fit'. She never asked to change... she's been using Mandrake Linux ever since and enjoys it.
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mail this link | permapage | score:6651 | -Ray, March 13, 2004 (Updated: March 25, 2007)

System monitoring: Install Zabbix on Mandrake 9.2

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To keep it simple our “workshop” network consists of few servers and client machines running the Operating Systems Linux Mandrake and Windows 2000. We will install the Zabbix server on a Linux box and the agents on Linux but on Windows WS/Servers as well.

If you are using a firewall, please configure it to allow the necessary traffic from the Zabbix agents/clients to the Zabbix server.

This guide contains all the necessary information for installing and understanding the architectural layout of the implementation. It was written with the assumption that you understand how to use Webmin and have a basic understanding of Linux Mandrake. This includes installing Linux Mandrake and RPM packages, editing files, making directories, compiling software and understanding general Unix commands. This guide doesn’t explain how to use or configure Zabbix, but information on where to obtain this information can be found in the “Additional information” section.

Zabbix is (free of cost) software that monitors numerous parameters of a network and the servers on that network. Zabbix is a useful tool for monitoring the health and integrity of servers. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:6636 | -fn-eagle, March 17, 2004 (Updated: October 24, 2004)
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